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When Did You Stop Dancing?

10 Jun

Do more of what makes you Happy

“In many shamanic societies, if you came to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions.

When did you stop dancing?
When did you stop singing?
When did you stop being enchanted by stories?
When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence? 

Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experience the loss of soul.
Dancing, singing, storytelling, and silence are the four universal healing salves.

– Gabrielle Roth

Shiny Song #23

29 Mar

Every time I hear this song, it lights a fire in me…

It reminds me that it’s my responsibility to step up, to be great, to make a difference:

“Did I leave my life to chance
Or did I make you fucking dance?”

Ecstatic Dance

Oh, and there’s a language warning, so you might not want to crank this at work, without headphones at least!

I think it burns my sense of truth
To hear me shouting at my youth
I need a way to sort it out
After I die, I’ll re-awake
Redefine what was at stake
From the hindsight of a god

I’ll see the people that I used
See the substance I abused
The ugly places that I lived
Did I make money, was I proud?
Did I play my songs too loud?
Did I leave my life to chance
Or did I make you fucking dance?

Symmetry exists only in our mind
Our brain is seeing squares
So I woke up with entropy defined
But the forms still lingered there, in my head

I’ll see the people that I used
See the substance I abused
The ugly places that I lived

Did I make money, was I proud?
Did I play my songs too loud?
Did I leave my life to chance
Or did I make you fucking dance?

Global concepts aren’t common the world round
But we share a mortal frame
That if you can’t hear reacts to every sound
But no two people move the same

I think it burns my sense of truth
To hear me shouting at my youth
I need a way to sort it out
After I die, I’ll re-awake
Redefine what was at stake
From the hindsight of a god

I’ll see the people that I used
See the substance I abused
The ugly places that I lived
Did I make money, was I proud?
Did I play my songs too loud?
Did I leave my life to chance
Or did I make you fucking dance?

 

Bali Spirit Festival: Praying At The Church of Feeling Good

22 Mar

“…We have come to be danced
not the hold our breath and wallow in the shallow end of the floor dance
but the meeting of the trinity: the body, breath & beat dance
the shout hallelujah from the top of our thighs dance
the mother may I?
yes you may take 10 giant leaps dance
the Olly Olly Oxen Free Free Free dance
the everyone can come to our heaven dance…”
– Jewel Mathieson.

Jocelyn Dance

Jocelyn Gordon and Lisa Goettel can’t even remember when they decided to work together: they just had an instant connection. “It was so sweet,” says Lisa. “I’ve never experienced a better collaboration. We call it our elevated partnership.”
The pair have been working together for about three years, Lisa based in Monterey in California’s Bay area and Jocelyn recently relocating to Bali more permanently.

The idea behind their Bhakti Boogie® Yoga & Rise Up Singing experience is to encourage you to release barriers between you and your most authentic, joyful expression.  I’ve been privileged to study vocal technique and had years of singing lessons but all that training means I’m best in controlled circumstances. Jumping around in a wet, muddy Lawn Pavillion with 50 other sweaty, effusive festival-goers is the perfect way to shake up my singing practice. And shake it up, we do.

After a brief explanation – “Dancing and singing are two of the most natural human expressions” – Jocelyn Gordon and Lisa Goettel lead us into a few breathing and simple movement exercises. But after initial warm ups and a bit of tapping, we got straight down to business. The business, that is, of tapping all over our partners. We slapped and pounded each other’s backs, buttocks and legs, leaving our bodies tingling and alive.
Nothing says icebreaker like a good ol’ slap of someone’s booty.

Within the first few minutes, Lisa had us clapping in time and singing simple melodies before we were placed in groups and did the same in four parts. Anyone who’s been involved with a choir knows that can be a difficult process, but Lisa led us with a simplicity and ease of someone who really wants it to be fun.
“True hedonism is rare and I don’t think we allow ourselves to feel good enough in our lives,” says Lisa. “So we teach this to feel good and to help people feel good. I call it “praying at the church of feeling good. I feel like that’s what’s going to heal the world.”

Dance with your Demons

I felt really self conscious during the first dancing portions of the workshop, especially when there were a dozen people standing at the periphery with cameras and mobile phones, filming and snapping away. It’s a testament to Jocelyn and Lisa’s ability to hold the space that eventually, I forgot about the cameras and let go, throwing my arms, legs and body about in joyful abandon.

Jocelyn dance 2

The highlight for me? Discovering my inner diva and belting out Madonna’s Like a Prayer came pretty close. But scooching in close to my new sweaty dance partners and singing I’m Gonna Let It Shine to close our practice was joyous and beautiful. To create that level of love, trust and community in just 90 minutes really takes something – and judging by the sweet voices and enormous smiles of the people in that circle, it’s something Lisa and Jocelyn have in spades.

How To Be Alone…

14 Feb

Oh, Valentine’s Day.

A joyous combination of love, commercialism and expectation.

LOVE

However you feel about it, VDay is definitely enough to give you a pang to see couples holding hands and canoodling around the city.

I’ve had single Valentines Days, celebrated raucously with girlfriends or quietly and softly with a broken heart.

Coupled Valentines Days, marred by disappointments or swept off my feet by flowers, jewellery and romance. It’s just another day, but for a girl with love on her mind, it’s a great time to reflect.

Last year, I met a wise woman who invited me to imagine the man of my dreams. She had me visualise him, the energy I experienced around him and to feel the love I had for him.

Then she had me imagine my world without him, but to maintain those emotions and energies.

“They exist within you, whether or not he’s in the picture,” she said.

It was such a lightbulb moment for me.

Alone Genius idea Lyvia Alexandra
In yoga, we talk about detachment and the ability to cultivate anything we desire within ourselves. We can learn to be content with a situation as it is and as it is not.

I noticed I was carrying around an idea that love was only available if somebody came along and gifted it to me, as though my lovability was somehow contingent on someone else.

By paying attention to the feelings I had about love, I realised it can only exist inside me. As such, nothing anyone could do to take that love away from me.

Learn to Be Alone

I have the ability to cultivate love within myself. For myself.
For anyone or anything I want, really…

Suddenly, love becomes a permanent fixture.
Suddenly, I start to appreciate the things about myself that I was waiting for someone else to notice. I start giving myself the love and attention I have been patiently waiting for.

I adore this poem, written and performed by Tanya Davis  and beautifully filmed and illustrated by Andrea Dorfman.

Take some time to yourself this Valentines and appreciate your unique and wonderful heart.

You really are worth it.

Shiny Song #17

18 Jan

My yoga practice this morning consisted of sun salutes…

…and about an hour of dancing around to this song on repeat.

Because, let’s be honest, when was the last time you you felt like a room without a roof?

Pharrell Happy

By the way, if you fancy an extended happy dance session yourself*, check out 24hoursofhappy.com

*Dancing in the street optional

Shiny Song #16

13 Jan

Happy Monday!

Everything about this song brings a smile to my face…

It’s so good to remember that happiness spreads: it can be shared or inspired so easily.

How are you trying to be happy?

Be So Happy

Watching these dance moves should help…

🙂

Beautiful, Fluid Movement

21 Nov

I am blown away by the capability and grace that’s possible with the human body…

The first time I watched this, I really followed Lydia, how she flowed and stretched. But it was amazing on second viewing to notice more Phillip’s strength and stability.

Oh, for a yoga practice that encompasses both…

“Variations On Surya Namaskara”
Yoga instructor Phillip Askew and Lydia Walker, formerly of the School of American Ballet, as part of Columbia Ballet Collaborative’s Fall Show at New York City Center Studio.
With the improvisational accompaniment of pianist Jonah Rank.

Shiny Song #11

12 Jun

We Have Come To Be Danced

by Jewel Mathieson

We have come to be danced
not the pretty dance
not the pretty pretty, pick me, pick me dance
but the claw our way back into the belly
of the sacred, sensual animal dance
the unhinged, unplugged, cat is out of its box dance
the holding the precious moment in the palms
of our hands and feet dance

We have come to be danced
not the jiffy booby, shake your booty for him dance
but the wring the sadness from our skin dance
the blow the chip off our shoulder dance
the slap the apology from our posture dance

We have come to be danced
not the monkey see, monkey do dance
one, two dance like you
one two three, dance like me dance
but the grave robber, tomb stalker
tearing scabs & scars open dance
the rub the rhythm raw against our souls dance

We have come to be danced
not the nice invisible, self conscious shuffle
but the matted hair flying, voodoo mama
shaman shakin’ ancient bones dance
the strip us from our casings, return our wings
sharpen our claws & tongues dance
the shed dead cells and slip into
the luminous skin of love dance

We have come to be danced
not the hold our breath and wallow in the shallow end of the floor dance
but the meeting of the trinity: the body, breath & beat dance
the shout hallelujah from the top of our thighs dance
the mother may I?
yes you may take 10 giant leaps dance
the Olly Olly Oxen Free Free Free dance
the everyone can come to our heaven dance

We have come to be danced
where the kingdom’s collide
in the cathedral of flesh
to burn back into the light
to unravel, to play, to fly, to pray
to root in skin sanctuary
We have come to be danced
WE HAVE COME

Shiny Song #7

22 May

Just rediscovered this fab tune…

Feed_Me_and_Crystal_Fighters_Love_Is_All_I_Got_cover_artwork

Always a good one for reconnecting with what’s important!

“We can soar with love in the morning
Feed your soul with love to the evening
Expand your soul with love on the weekend
Cause love is all I’ve got.

My Darling I can give you what you want
If what you want is love…”

Feed Me & Crystal Fighters – Love Is All I Got from Us on Vimeo.