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NOTE: It was brought to my attention that these words were not spoken by Chief Seattle. From Snopes.com “The words Chief Seattle has become famous for were written by Ted Perry, the screenwriter for Home, a 1972 film about ecology. They have since been widely quoted in books, on TV, and from the pulpit. A children’s book, Brother Eagle, Sister Sky: A Message From Chief Seattle, sold 280,000 within the first six months of its 1991 issue.” My feeling is that whoever said them, they are true and it’s bogus to attribute them to a Native American.

Connections and relationships are everywhere. As we move through our days, we are in connection with everything — our bodies, our movement, our thoughts, objects around us, other people, the environment — everything. The invitation is to open our awareness so that we recognize all these (inter) connections and making choices about what we want to bring to all of our relationships.

Speaking of relationships, I’m grateful for mine with Mary Linn. I love the chance to teach and create together and I’m grateful for her generosity in sharing her classes and her gifts. (We’ll be playing again in May so check that out below!)

You can find this week’s (inter)Connection & Relationship playlists below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

But first, here are a bundle of things I know you want to know about:

Moving to Heal classes with Sheila Queen 12:30-2pm at Northside Library (except *)
Join Nia Blue Belt and Moving to Heal Instructor, Sheila Queen for a class designed for anybody looking for a gentle movement practice to complement and facilitate healing of body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Northside Library from 12:30-2 (except*)
April: Friday: 4/27
May: Thursday: 5/10, *5/17 (1-2:30), 5/31
Friday 5/25
June: Friday: *22 (10:30-12), 29
For questions and more information, contact Sheila Queen at squeen125@gmail.com

Nia Freedance First Fridays with Kate at ACAC ~ Friday, May 4!
Every first Friday Kate Aust shares a Nia freedance class at ACAC Albemarle Square. Nia Freedance gives you an opportunity to play for a full hour moving your body’s way. We each get to tap into the creative wisdom of our body, emotions, mind and spirit stimulating our own unique movement creativity. The next Nia Freedance class will be Friday, May 4 from 11:25 to 12:25 in studio B.

Bliss Revisited with Susan & Mary Linn on May 14 & 17
Mary Linn & I are diving back into Bliss: a classic routine created by Nia co-founder, Carlos Rosas. The music of British production duo Mark Rae and Steve Christian and German DJ Shantel allow the body to drop deep roots and long powerful reaches. Join us for Bliss!
Mon, May 14, 1045-12noon Albemarle Square, Room A
Thu, May 17, 840-940am Downtown, Group Ex Studio
Thu, May 17, 630-730pm Albemarle Square, Room B

acac Memorial Day Hours: Monday, May 28
Susan will teach her class on Memorial Day at 11am at acac Albemarle Square. Spend part of the holiday with yourself, your body and us!

Acac hours for the holiday are:
acac Albemarle Square: 8:00am-4:00pm
kids zone – 8:30am-2:00pm
spa – 9:00am-3:00pm
acac Downtown 8:00am-4:00pm
kids zone – 8:30am-2:00pm
spa – 9:00am-3:00pm
acac Crozet staffed 8:00am-12:00pm
kids zone – 8:30-11:30am
acac Pantops staffed 8:00am-12:00pm
Adventure Central* – 9:00am-7:00pm *tennis courts only
Waterpark – 10:00am-7:00pm

As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.
Dance on. Shine on.
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Saturday, Apr 21, 2018, 1245pm ~ Earth Day: (inter)Connection & Relationship with Mary Linn

Monday, Apr 23, 2018, 1045am ~ Earth Day: (inter)Connection & Relationship with Mary Linn

Thursday, Apr 26, 2017, 840am ~ (inter)Connection & Relationship with Mary Linn

Back to the Earth 5:27 Rusted Root
A Horse with No Name 4:08 America
Octopus’s Garden 3:19 The Beatles
Joy to the World 3:18 Three Dog Night
Firefly 2:29 Michael Franti
Blackbird 3:08 Bobby McFerrin
When Doves Cry 4:04 The Be Good Tanyas
Birds 3:49 Coldplay
Fireflies 3:46 Owl City
Penguins 2:31 Lyle Lovett
The Buzzard 3:50 Old Blind Dogs
The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Re-Recorded Version) 2:43 The Token
Which Way Does That Old Pony Run 4:09 Lyle Lovett
Man Of The Hour 2:57 Norah Jones
Earth 3:02 Hans Zimmer, The Lyndhurst Orchestra, Lisa Gerrard & Gavin Greenaway

Tuesday, Apr 24, 2018, 840am ~ (inter)Connection & Relationship

A Thousand Years 5:58 Sting
Headphones 4:18 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Stolen Car 3:58 Sting
The Sound of Sunshine 3:44 Michael Franti & Spearhead
If You Love Somebody Set Them 4:16 Sting
Sometimes 4:06 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Never Coming Home 5:00 Sting
Once a Day (Featuring Sonna Rele) 4:00 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Brand New Day 6:20 Sting
Hey World (Don’t Give Up Version) 4:09 Michael Franti & Spearhead
The Light 4:29 The Album Leaf

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2017, 11am ~ (inter)Connection & Relationship (and Pat Taylor’s birthday!)

A Thousand Years 5:58 Sting
Headphones 4:18 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Stolen Car 3:58 Sting
The Sound of Sunshine 3:44 Michael Franti & Spearhead
If You Love Somebody Set Them 4:16 Sting
Sometimes 4:06 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Never Coming Home 5:00 Sting
Once a Day (Featuring Sonna Rele) 4:00 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Brand New Day 6:20 Sting
Life Is Better With You 3:19 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot 6:44 Sting
Hey World (Don’t Give Up Version) 4:09 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Somehow Familiar 3:40 Fabrizio Paterlini

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…
If you’re traveling or moving, you can find a teacher or classes wherever you’re going.
Interested in teaching or deepening your practice? Check out the Nia White Belt Training. They are offered all around the world so you can find one near you or where you may want to go!

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If you’d asked me a couple of months ago, I would have told you that Jazz just wasn’t my cup of tea (or shot of bourbon or whatever the Jazz-appropriate beverage is). I would have said it was discordant and random and long and frankly, irritating.

Lately, though, Frank’s been turning on a Jazz station in the evenings. And I like it. Well, I like some of it. A lot of it. Sometimes, I slam my teeth together and a painful noise but mostly, I like the feel of the sound.

Years ago when Green Day released their first album, I had a friend who was a huge fan. When he played their music it sounded crazy and loud and indecipherable to me. He said, It’s just unfamiliar. Once you listen for a while, you’ll get it. He was right.

With that in mind, Frank and I signed up for an online Jazz Appreciation course. We’re learning about different genres, the history, the classic songs, and we’re learning (slowly) how to understand forms of jazz.

It’s like we are breaking the code of the music. We’re listening and counting and counting and listening and confused and then, Ooh, yeah! There’s the change! It’s like understanding a different language or being in on a joke. Oh yeah, I get it.


have this feeling when I count music using the 8BC system in Nia. It’s a genius system, developed by Nia co-founder Carlos Rosas, and it creates a map for any song with a beat. With the 8BCs, I can decode the rhythm and speed, the sections, and the details within a song.

But it took me a while to figure it out.

I struggled mightily (and avoided the 8BCs) for years and it wasn’t until my friend and mentor, Helen Terry, showed me the joy and play of decoding music that I started to love the system. We call in “doing the bars” and Helen got me hooked on it.

Once Helen taught a song in class – Big Lie Small World by Sting – with the most unusual choreography. The movements made sense in my body but didn’t follow any pattern I’d ever danced before. I asked her was the Sam Hill was up with it, and she said, Do the bars.

I popped that Sting CD into my car stereo and I listened dozens and dozens of times. I’d listen and get lost and get lost and listen and count and get nowhere. But then one day (and I can tell you exactly where I was when it happened), I heard it. I broke the code. I felt like an 8BC super hero.


What the jazz course and the 8BC system is to music, meditation is to the mind and emotions. If I’m feeling a whole bunch of everything and my head is a mad house and my heart is pounding, getting still, pausing to sit can help me decode what’s happening.

Meditation allows me the space to feel physical sensation, label emotions that are moving through, notice when and what I’m thinking. Sometimes I just stay confused and upset, only calmer. Other times, I break the code: Oh, right. I’m embarrassed. I’m angry. I’m afraid. That’s what’s happening.


Whether I’m decoding music or my mind, the practice is noticing the details, becoming more familiar, more intimate with what’s happening. Sometimes (like in bebop or when I unexpectedly do something ridiculous), I’m still confused. But sometimes, sometimes, I break the code.



BONUS: Some Nia routines have codes built into them: recurring patterns or movements. Kelle Rae Oien’s Pulse routine has a code that shows up in almost every song. Here’s a hint.

DOUBLE BONUS: Tomorrow is the start of the 28-Day Meditation Challenge sponsored by one of my favorite teachers, Sharon Salzberg. Whether you are brand new to meditation or you are renewing your existing practice, this is a great way to get some support and community. I’m also blogging about my experience every day (ish) with a mandala that I’ll post on my A Thousand Beautiful Things blog (and on the 28-Day blogging site, too). Join me there!

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This was the first week with the new routine, Inspired. Launching a new routine is always a little edgy and exciting…for me, anyway. I have a sense of aliveness and possibility that is almost effervescent. Thanks to all who came out to dance and be inspired.

Below are all the playlists for the week. Did you know that you can listen to all the playlists for free on Spotify https://www.spotify.com/us/ ? Sign up for free, follow me at “susanmcculley” and you’ll find my public playlists ~ just click and listen! No matter where you are, we can listen and dance together!

TEDx is tomorrow! TEDx CHARLOTTESVILLE ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2015. I’m excited for a whole day of inspiring talks about ideas worth spreading. The show is sold out but fear not! You can live stream the whole day via the TEDx Charlottesville live stream!  It’s really an incredible line-up of amazing speakers and worth checking out any time during the day (the show runs from 9am to 530pm). The two speakers I’m coaching, Elliott Woods and Leslie Blackhall, go on at approximately 2:40 and 3:05, respectively. Get inspired, tune in!

As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.

Dance on. Shine on.

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*** PLAYLIST NOTE: My playlists can also be found on Spotify https://www.spotify.com/us/ by following “susanmcculley” (no space) and look for Public Playlists. Sometimes music is not available on Spotify so I may replace with another version or skip songs . ***

Monday & Wednesday, Nov 9 & 11, 2015, 1045am & 11am ~ Inspired

Awake My Soul 4:16 Mumford & Sons
Barely Breathing 4:15 Duncan Sheik
Every Breath You Take 4:14 The Police
Good Life 4:13 OneRepublic
Sweet Inspiration 4:41 Derek Trucks Band
Everybody Got Their Something 4:23 Nikka Costa
Thank You 4:55 Michael Franti & Spearhead
It’s All Been Done 3:26 Barenaked Ladies
Once a Day (feat. Sonna Rele) 3:58 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Below My Feet 4:52 Mumford & Sons
Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot 6:44 Sting
Breathe 3:37 The Makepeace Brothers
Breathing Out 4:56 Shaman’s Dream

Tuesday & Thursday, Nov 10 & 12, 2015, 840am ~ Inspired

Awake My Soul 4:16 Mumford & Sons
Barely Breathing 4:15 Duncan Sheik
Every Breath You Take 4:14 The Police
Good Life 4:13 OneRepublic
Sweet Inspiration 4:41 Derek Trucks Band
Everybody Got Their Something 4:23 Nikka Costa
Thank You 4:55 Michael Franti & Spearhead
It’s All Been Done 3:26 Barenaked Ladies
Once a Day (feat. Sonna Rele) 3:58 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Below My Feet 4:52 Mumford & Sons
Breathe 3:37 The Makepeace Brothers
Breathing Out 4:56 Shaman’s Dream

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…

If you’re traveling or moving, you can find a teacher or classes wherever you’re going.

Interested in teaching or deepening your practice? Check out the Nia White Belt Training. They are offered all around the world so you can find one near you or where you may want to go!

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This week we dove into breath and its power to move with and support us no matter what we’re doing. The practice of bringing awareness to breath, noticing its patterns and habits, can help us make choices to energize and relax us — even when things are stressful or uncomfortable. We also played with the beginnings of a new routine called Inspired that is starting to come together. Breathe in, Breathe out.

Below are all the playlists for the week. Did you know that you can listen to all the playlists for free on Spotify? Just sign up for free, follow me at “susanmcculley” and you’ll find my public playlists ~ just click and listen! No matter where you are, we can listen and dance together!

A few announce-y things:

Get an early peek at my new web site ~ SUSANMCCULLEY.COM ! ~ I’m building a web site for my work so everything I do can be found in one place! There you can find my current teaching schedule, special events and classes, workshops, info about coaching and mentoring, as well as access to my writing and art. Right now, my blog, A Thousand Beautiful Things, is up on the new site. The Focus Pocus blog is on its way there soon. I’ve got lots of new projects and classes – both in-person and on-line in the works, so please go to the Contact page and sign up to be on the mailing list so I can connect with you. The site’s in its early stages yet, but do check it out at www.susanmcculley.com and let me know what you think!

TEDx CHARLOTTESVILLE ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2015 ~ In its third year in The Ville, TED is an incredible event of ideas and inspiration. I’m delighted again this year to be coaching two of the TEDx speakers and – dang – check out the line-up, y’all. It’s going to be an amazing day. You can find out more here.

BREAKING YOUR SUGAR ADDICTION eCOURSE ~ My friends, Wendy and Megan have put together a delicious e-course about creating balance around eating sugar. They are both dietary professionals and offer all kinds of resources that have helped me look more carefully and kindly about when I reach for the chocolate. You can get more information here.

As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.

Dance on. Shine on.

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*** PLAYLIST NOTE: My playlists can also be found on Spotify https://www.spotify.com/us/ by following “susanmcculley” (no space) and look for Public Playlists. Sometimes music is not available on Spotify so I may replace with another version or skip songs. Note that if you are using the Spotify app for mobile devices, the program inserts “recommended” music that is not on my original playlist. ***

Monday, Oct 26, 2015, 1045am ~ Marine Mammal Breathing

Awake My Soul 4:16 Mumford & Sons
Finally Moving 4:38 Pretty Lights
SuNu 5:05 Rising Appalachia
Belly Belly Nice 3:53 Dave Matthews Band
Sweet Inspiration 4:41 Derek Trucks Band
Mussiki é (Jungle Mix) 7:11 Miango Mussiki é
Riding the Waves 6:35 Afro Celt Sound System
Mad World (feat. Safri Duo & Isam B) [Raaban Edit] 3:34 Michael Parsberg
Once a Day (feat. Sonna Rele) 3:58 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Below My Feet 4:52 Mumford & Sons
Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot 6:44 Sting
Dolphins 4:17 Darol Anger & Mike Marshall

Tuesday, Oct 27, 2015, 840am ~ Marine Mammal Breathing

Awake My Soul 4:16 Mumford & Sons
Finally Moving 4:38 Pretty Lights
SuNu 5:05 Rising Appalachia
Belly Belly Nice 3:53 Dave Matthews Band
Sweet Inspiration 4:41 Derek Trucks Band
Mussiki é (Jungle Mix) 7:11 Miango Mussiki é
Thank You 4:55 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Mad World (feat. Safri Duo & Isam B) [Raaban Edit] 3:34 Michael Parsberg
Once a Day (feat. Sonna Rele) 3:58 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot 6:44 Sting
Dolphins 4:17 Darol Anger & Mike Marshall

Wednesday, Oct 28, 2015, 11am ~ Marine Mammal Breathing

Awake My Soul 4:16 Mumford & Sons
Barely Breathing 4:15 Duncan Sheik
Belly Belly Nice 3:53 Dave Matthews Band
Sweet Inspiration 4:41 Derek Trucks Band
Deeper (Into Places) (Silk Spinner Mix) 6:23 Afterlife
Everybody Got Their Something 4:23 Nikka Costa
Thank You 4:55 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Mad World (feat. Safri Duo & Isam B) [Raaban Edit] 3:34 Michael Parsberg
Once a Day (feat. Sonna Rele) 3:58 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Below My Feet 4:52 Mumford & Sons
Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot 6:44 Sting
Gold (Acoustic) 3:01 Vinyl Theatre Gold
Whale Sounds With Music 5:18 Steven Snow

Thursday, Oct 29, 2015, 840am ~ Marine Mammal Breathing

Awake My Soul 4:16 Mumford & Sons
Barely Breathing 4:15 Duncan Sheik
Love Will 3:51 Susan Tedeschi
Sweet Inspiration 4:41 Derek Trucks Band
Nothing But the Water (II) 5:17 Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Everybody Got Their Something 4:23 Nikka Costa
Fever (Adam Freeland Extended Remix) 7:03 Sarah Vaughan
Once a Day (feat. Sonna Rele) 3:58 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Below My Feet 4:52 Mumford & Sons
Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot 6:44 Sting
The Ocean Deep (Whales and Music) 2:50 Steven Snow

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WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…

If you’re traveling or moving, you can find a teacher or classes wherever you’re going.

Interested in teaching or deepening your practice? Check out the Nia White Belt Training. They are offered all around the world so you can find one near you or where you may want to go!

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In a special class at Buck Mountain Episcopal Parish Hall, the seeds for a new routine were planted. Here is the playlist we breathed in.

Breathing in Spirit – Friday, October 23, 2015, 6pm

Awake My Soul 4:16 Mumford & Sons
Breathe 3:37 The Makepeace Brothers
Breathe 4:12 Blue Stone
Sweet Inspiration 4:41 Derek Trucks Band
Spiritual High (State of Independence), Pt. 2 4:57 Moodswings
Freedom 4:27 Nicole C. Mullen
Once a Day (feat. Sonna Rele) 3:58 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot 6:44 Sting
The River 5:31 Suzanne Sterling
Just Breathe 3:36 Pearl Jam
Breathing Out 4:56 Shaman’s Dream

You can also listen to the music for free on Spotify (www.spotify.com) by following me and looking under Public Playlists.

Of course, just let me know if you have questions.

Dance on. Shine on. Breathe on.

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There is no such thing as a neutral interaction.
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“Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” ~ Scott Adams
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“Send your love into the future.” ~ Sting
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Every choice comes from either love or fear.
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Our week this week.

Thanks to everybody who came out to dance and who read the blog and who listened on Spotify and who connected about the power of choice and intention in our days. Together, we are sending out ripples of love!

Below are all the playlists from the week. Go to Spotify and follow me at “susanmcculley” and you’ll find my public playlists there, too. I’m excited and grateful for everybody who is listening and dancing at home! If you’re having trouble getting the site to work, please let me know. I’d love to figure it out with you. Please note also that Spotify doesn’t have all the music I have, so sometimes I’ll put up a different version of a song or skip it all together. EnJOY, everyBody!

Before the playlists, some announce-y type things:

Nia Extravaganza Weekend ~ FRIDAY, MAY 1 – SUNDAY, MAY 3 ~ Join Nia Faculty Trainers Allison Wright and Vickie Saito for a Nia Extravaganza weekend in Richmond! They’ll offer three public classes and two playshops over the course of the weekend. Click here for more details and to sign up.

CINCO DE MAYO ~ TUESDAY, MAY 5 ~ We had so much fun last year that we’re celebrating again this year! Join Mary Linn and me at 9am at ACAC Downtown AND 535pm at Albemarle Square for a Latin-themed class. Wear your ruffles and sombero!

NEW CLASS TIME ON TUESDAY & THURSDAY DOWNTOWN STARTS JUNE 2! ~ Set your alarm! Mark your calendar! Staring June 1, get your acac downtown Tuesday and Thursday morning Nia at earlier! Class with Susan on both days will be from 840am-940am starting June 1! Come play and let your practice embody your whole day!

NEW NIA 101 SATURDAYS FROM 1230-1245 WITH MARY LINN STARTS JUNE 6! ~ Mary Linn will offer Nia 101 before her Saturday class: an introduction to Nia’s 52 Moves to refresh current students and help new students get a feel for the moves. Nia 101 will run from 1230-1245, and class will run from 1245-145, at Albemarle Squre, Studio A.

As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.

Dance on. Shine on.

Susan sig

*** PLAYLIST NOTE: My playlists can also be found on Spotify https://www.spotify.com/us/ by following “susanmcculley” (no space) and look for Public Playlists. Sometimes music is not available on Spotify so I may replace with another version or skip songs. What you find below is exactly what I used in class. ***

Monday, Apr 27, 2015, 1045am ~ No Neutral

The Day After Everything Changed 4:30 Ellis Paul
Childhood [2000] 4:44 Dusted
Moonsmith 5:50 Cantoma
Keep On Searching 5:08 Kraak & Smaak
Freek 7:16 Shakatura
Dog Days Are Over 3:41 Florence And The Machine
Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars) 4:31 Mark Ronson
Played A Live 6:46 Safri Duo
The Remedy (I Won’t Worry) 4:16 Jason Mraz
Tom’s Diner 3:50 DNA, Suzanne Vega
High 4:04 James Blunt
When It Falls 5:31 Zero 7

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015, 9am ~ No Neutral

Yulunga [Spirit Dance] 6:56 Dead Can Dance
Luna 6:04 Ganga
Quero Saber (fest. Orieta Pines) 6:29 Rodney Hunter
Riptide 3:22 Vance Joy
Keep On Searching 5:08 Kraak & Smaak
Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars) 4:31 Mark Ronson
The Basement 3:35 Eric Hutchinson
Love Comes Along 3:25 The Makepeace Brothers
Peace, Love And Happyness 3:43 G. Love, Special Sauce
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy 3:27 Queen Latifah
In Your Eyes 5:26 Peter Gabriel
Common Threads 4:17 Bobby McFerrin
Golden Slumbers/The End 4:16 K.D. Lang

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015, 1055am ~ No Neutral

Kecharitomene 6:35 Loreena McKennitt
Quero Saber (fest. Orieta Pines) 6:29 Rodney Hunter
Riptide 3:22 Vance Joy
Desert Days 5:31 John Kelley
Lady Marmalade 4:25 Christina Aguilera
Love Comes Along 3:25 The Makepeace Brothers
I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ 4:48 Scissor Sisters
Peace, Love And Happyness 3:43 G. Love, Special Sauce
Sacred Love 6:03 Sting
Common Threads 4:17 Bobby McFerrin
Miniature 9 6:11 Matthew Robert Cooper

Thursday, Apr 30, 2015, 9am ~ No Neutral

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes 5:48 Paul Simon
All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints 3:15 Paul Simon
The Obvious Child 4:10 Paul Simon
Graceland 4:51 Paul Simon
I Know What I Know 3:13 Paul Simon
The Boy in the Bubble 3:59 Paul Simon
You Can Call Me Al 4:40 Paul Simon
Crazy Love, Volume II 4:19 Paul Simon
Gumboots 2:45 Paul Simon
Can’t Run But 3:37 Paul Simon
So Beautiful Or So What 4:09 Paul Simon
Born At The Right Time 3:48 Paul Simon
Spirit Voices 3:56 Paul Simon
Under African Skies 3:37 Paul Simon
The Boy In The Bubble 4:30 Peter Gabriel

Love After Love by Derek Wolcott

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…

If you’re traveling or moving, you can find a teacher or classes wherever you’re going.

Interested in teaching or deepening your practice? Check out the Nia White Belt Training. They are offered all around the world so you can find one near you or where you may want to go!

act your age red and purpleSo far (since Sunday), 50 is just fine! Oddly, at 50 I am far younger than I ever was when I was, well, younger. It seems that every year, I am a little less anxious, a little more courageous. Over time, I’ve become less attached to other people’s opinions and more willing to wear silly pants. I’m figuring that at this rate, I’ll be downright infantile by the time I’m taking my last breath. Heaven knows what I’ll be wearing.

Here is the music from a week of Act Your Age as well as the Jenny Joseph poem I read and intend to live by. Except for the spitting, not sure I’ll ever get the hang of that.

Dance on. Shine on.
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Monday, Aug 4, 2014, 1045am ~ Act Your Age

Wish You Were Here 6:12 Bliss
Nourah 6:51 Makyo
Dubuasca (with Michael Kang) 6:55 Bassnectar
Smokey Quartz 6:59 Shakatura
Praise You 5:22 Fatboy Slim
What I Be 4:45 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Drop It Low 3:45 Kat DeLuna
Shady Esperanto & The Young Hearts 3:03 Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers
Fly 3:33 Bart Hafeman
The Remedy (I Won’t Worry) 4:16 Jason Mraz
Drive 3:53 Incubus
Giuseppe Tornatore Suite: Malena (Main theme) 4:22 Ennio Morricone, Yo-Yo Ma & Roma Sinfonietta

Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014, 9am ~ Act Your Age

Healing Senses 8:27 Parijat
Marisi 6:33 Cantoma
Something To Believe In 4:44 Parachute
Just Say Yes 4:41 Snow Patrol
Right Here Right Now 5:57 Fatboy Slim
One Billion Hands 4:05 Lourds Lane
Old 2:20 Paul Simon
U R The Answer 5:57 Stephen Bray/ Michael Beckwith
I Can’t Get Next To You 3:09 Annie Lennox
Colour In My Name (Featuring Precise) 6:08 Spiral System
Grow Old with Me 2:31 The Postal Service
Bach: Cello Suite #4 In E Flat, BWV 1010 – 1. Sarabande 5:03 Yo-Yo Ma

Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014, 1055am ~ Act Your Age

Helpless 4:15 K.D. Lang
Souvenir 5:39 Kaledj feat. Neko
Hero Dead And Gone (Discotheque Mix) 4:55 De-Phazz
Qalanderi 6:55 Cheb I Sabbah
I Know What I Know 3:13 Paul Simon
Oye Como Va (Latin/Trance Mix) 4:17 Celia Cruz
Old 2:20 Paul Simon
Hey Hey Hey 3:47 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Fill Her Up 5:39 Sting
(The Return of) Point of No Return 5:01 NU SHOOZ Orchestra
Gandhi/Buddha 3:28 Cheryl Wheeler
Hallelujah (feat. Charlie Sexton) 4:16 Justin Timberlake & Matt Morris
Intro 1:44 Ishq

Thursday, Aug 7, 2014, 9am ~ Act Your Age

Passing Through 5:17 Bob Holroyd
A Different Space 8:43 Bob Holroyd
Takshaka 10:42 Makayo
Drumming Up a Storm 5:59 Bob Holroyd
African Drug [Original Tribal Mix] 6:02 Bob Holroyd
Samb Adagio 5:58 Safri Duo
Denmark 5:07 Chemical Brothers
The Sheer Weight of Memory 5:28 Bob Holroyd
Dark Waters 4:35 Bob Holroyd
Lavender Hill 4:33 Lex van Someren

Friday, August 8, 2014, 9am ~ Act Your Age

Wish You Were Here 6:12 Bliss
Nourah 6:51 Makyo
Something To Believe In 4:44 Parachute
Just Say Yes 4:41 Snow Patrol
Praise You 5:22 Fatboy Slim
Start Wearing Purple 3:43 Gogol Bordello
U R The Answer 5:57 Stephen Bray/ Michael Beckwith
Samb Adagio 5:58 Safri Duo
Shady Esperanto & The Young Hearts 3:03 Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers
Friday I’m In Love (3:33) 3:33 The Cure
City Knows Your Name 4:59 Chris Coco
Bach: Cello Suite #4 In E Flat, BWV 1010 – 1. Sarabande 5:03 Yo-Yo Ma

Warning by Jenny Joseph

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people’s gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

NIA TRAINER, JULIE WYLIE, COMING TO CHARLOTTESVILLE

We’re excited to support a weekend of classes and workshops with Nia Trainer, Julie Wylie now scheduled for September and a Nia White Belt early in 2015. Events will include lots of things for everyBODY as well as for belts wanting to reconnect to the principles and practices. More info coming soon.

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…

If you’re traveling or moving, you can find a teacher or classes wherever you’re going.

Interested in teaching or deepening your personal practice? Check out the Nia White Belt Training. There is one planned in Charlottesville (see above) and lots of other places, too.

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