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This week we were moved by the question: what is the difference between destruction and transformation. We danced the melty mess of metamorphosis as we saw the photos of Notre Dame burning. Coventry Cathedral which I saw 35 years ago and never forgot kept coming to mind: the bombed shell of a cathedral connected to a transformed modern cathedral with a bridge of faith and a prayer for forgiveness. This picture hardly captures it so do look it up for more.

Below are our playlists for the week. If you’d like to listen to the music, you can find almost all the songs on Spotify (you can listen for free)! As always, please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

And friends, I am always ALWAYS looking for new music. Do you have a song that you love to move to or that moves you? I’d love to know what it is! Please respond in the comments below or email me at sjmnia@gmail.com!

Before the playlists, some announcements of things that are happening!

First Friday Freedance with Kate ~ May 3 at 11:25am
Nia Freedance is an opportunity to play and tap into the creative wisdom in our body, emotions, mind and spirit. For a full hour we get to dance together with the intention of stimulating our own unique movement creativity. The next Nia Freedance will be at ACAC Albemarle Square Friday, May 3 from 11:25 -12:25.

Honoring the Effect of Trauma in our Lives with Larry Goldstein and Wendy Hubbard April 27
Larry Goldstein and Wendy Hubbard lead a workshop on releasing the grip of trauma using structures work, personal stories, and group work. Structures enable a person to go back safely to a traumatic memory with crucial support that was missing then and offers fresh options — an alternative memory – a different outcome in which basic human needs are met and longing for love and protection are fulfilled. This reconstructs inner implicit memory maps in the brain and helps people become viscerally acquainted with feelings that were lacking early in their lives. Pre-course online class Saturday, April 20, 3-5pm, In Person One-Day Class Saturday, April 27, 10-6p, Post-course online class, Saturday, May 4, 3-5pm. Cost $150. Limited to 12 participants. To register and for more information, contact Wendy Hubbard at whubbard0@gmail.com.

As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.
Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

Monday, Apr 15, 2019, 1045am ~ Messy Melty Metamorphosis

Como E O Ar (Easy Rhodes Remix) 5:21 Mo’ Horizons
Papillon 3:58 Lara Fabian
Mariposa Traicionera 4:23 Maná
And She Was 3:39 Talking Heads
Oye Como Va (Latin/Trance Mix) 4:17 Celia Cruz
Colossus 6:44 Afro Celt Sound System
Shadowman 6:36 Afro Celt Sound System
Butterflyz [Roger’s Release Mix] 4:09 Alicia Keys
Butterfly Heart 5:11 Chris Coco
Lagan 4:05 Afro Celt Sound System
Butterfly 4:30 Bob Holroyd
Metamorphosis 5:51 Soulfood

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2018, 840am ~ Messy Melty Metamorphosis

Como E O Ar (Easy Rhodes Remix) 5:21 Mo’ Horizons
Papillon 3:58 Lara Fabian
Mariposa Traicionera 4:23 Maná
Oye Como Va (Latin/Trance Mix) 4:17 Celia Cruz
Colossus 6:44 Afro Celt Sound System
Shadowman 6:36 Afro Celt Sound System
Butterflyz [Roger’s Release Mix] 4:09 Alicia Keys
Butterfly Heart 5:11 Chris Coco
Lagan 4:05 Afro Celt Sound System
Butterfly 4:30 Bob Holroyd
Metamorphosis 5:51 Soulfood

Wednesday, Apr 17, 2018, 11am ~ Messy Melty Metamorphosis

Como E O Ar (Easy Rhodes Remix) 5:21 Mo’ Horizons
Papillon 3:58 Lara Fabian
Mariposa Traicionera 4:23 Maná
And She Was 3:39 Talking Heads
Oye Como Va (Latin/Trance Mix) 4:17 Celia Cruz
Colossus 6:44 Afro Celt Sound System
Shadowman 6:36 Afro Celt Sound System
Butterflyz [Roger’s Release Mix] 4:09 Alicia Keys
Butterfly Heart 5:11 Chris Coco
Lagan 4:05 Afro Celt Sound System
Butterfly 4:30 Bob Holroyd
O’Connor: Butterfly’s Day Out 4:43 Yo-Yo Ma, Mark O’Connor, Edgar Meyer

Thursday, Apr 18, 2018, 840am ~ Messy Melty Metamorphosis

Como E O Ar (Easy Rhodes Remix) 5:21 Mo’ Horizons
Papillon 3:58 Lara Fabian
Mariposa Traicionera 4:23 Maná
And She Was 3:39 Talking Heads
Oye Como Va (Latin/Trance Mix) 4:17 Celia Cruz
Shadowman 6:36 Afro Celt Sound System
Butterflyz [Roger’s Release Mix] 4:09 Alicia Keys
Butterfly Heart 5:11 Chris Coco
Lagan 4:05 Afro Celt Sound System
Butterfly 4:30 Bob Holroyd
O’Connor: Butterfly’s Day Out 4:43 Yo-Yo Ma, Mark O’Connor, Edgar Meyer

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Here’s a question to ponder: What’s the difference between destruction and transformation? (I’ll let you noodle on that for a bit.)

When things feel dangerous, difficult and dark, I long for the miracle of a transformation. I love the idea that change, even radical change, is possible. Not only over glacial eons but real-time, witness-able change.

Take the classic: caterpillar to butterfly. Especially after a long winter, that’s what I’m all about. Until relatively recently, here’s how I thought about the caterpillar-to-butterfly metamorphosis:

  1. Bumpy, lumpy caterpillar gorges herself on leaves.
  2. Bumpy, lumpy caterpillar gets more bumpy and lumpy.
  3. Bumpy, lumpy caterpillar cleverly makes a chrysalis. Like I Dream of Jeannie’s bottle, this chrysalis is a groovy little apartment with a little makeup table, velvet pillows and nice-smelling lotions.
  4. As she rests comfortably on her soft sofa, the caterpillar’s sticky, knobby feet elegantly turn into delicate, slender legs.
  5. Out of the bumpy, lumpy caterpillar’s back iridescent wings gently unfold while her body lengthens and narrows.
  6. She gingerly cuts open her groovy little apartment, hangs out for a bit to get her bearings, and then off she flutters looking for lovely flowers to sip on.


As nice as it sounds, it actually doesn’t happen anything like that. This is how Scientific American describes it:

To become a butterfly, a caterpillar first digests itself. But certain groups of cells survive, turning the soup into eyes, wings, antennae and other adult structures.

Digests itself?? Caterpillar soup?? What about the glamorous apartment with the comfy couch and the cute pillows to rest on? What about the calm, organized process of changing from one thing into something else? The science of it sounds like a complete mess and incredibly, unavoidably uncomfortable.

Think about a time of change in your life, when something big was happening. You have a baby (or want to have one and don’t). You get a new job (or lose one). You move to a new city, go on big trip, get a divorce, or your kid moves away. Whatever it was, think about it. Was it neat and organized with soft music playing and a cashmere shawl around your shoulders?

Nope.
(Not for me, anyway. If it is for you, please start writing a blog so I can read it.)

It’s nerve-wracking and crying and fear and mud tracked into the living room and maple syrup spilled in the fridge and pickled herring on the floor. It’s a mess. It’s a life soup. And it’s out of that that something new emerges.

So, back to the original question: what’s the difference between transformation and destruction? On the surface of it, the two seem to be made from the same ingredients. But the difference? Resistance and intention.

Things are going to change. Everything is going to change. Sometimes gradually, sometimes suddenly. Resisting change, wanting it to be different than it is, is a recipe for suffering. Intentionally flowing with change, seeing possibilities for growth, is a recipe for metamorphosis soup.

It’s not neat. Or pretty. Or organized. There are rarely velvet pillows. It’s better than that. It’s a miracle.

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