Magic Moments

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I remember watching the movie, “Grand Canyon” several years ago. It’s one of my all time favorite movies about life happening.  At one point in the movie, the wife (played by Mary McDonnell) is jogging and finds an abandoned baby. She doesn’t call the police and instead decides to keep it. When her husband (played by Kevin Kline) comes home and decides that she’s crazy, she tells him she believes it to be a miracle.  She tells him “Maybe we don’t have any experience with miracles so we’re slow to recognize them.”

That line has always stuck with me and I believe it to be true about magic.  Perhaps we don’t have enough experience in recognizing when magic happens.

Another line from the Grand Canyon movie during this same scene with the baby is when the husband groans from realizing that he is not going to win this argument and says “I’m getting a headache.” She tells him emphatically, “No. It is inappropriate for you to get a headache in the presence of a miracle.”

I believe that people in the our society today have allowed themselves to become numb to the intricacies of magical moments — they’re not finding and/or having any magical moments because they can no longer recognize them…and most people will not come far enough out of their comfort zone to allow magic to happen.

Magic has always been a part of my life. From the fairy tales my mom used to tell me to watching cartoons about magic to finally recognizing that it exists with every move I make.

My most current magical moment was in realizing that the respiratory cold my body is experiencing is not separate from the shifting consciousness I’m experiencing from my connection and communion with Nia, with Reiki and with Tarot.  That which no longer serves me has to move out in order for that which is waiting to serve me to come into place.  So I am grateful for what is moving out and for what is moving in.

In my last blog post I spoke of the words that had been given to me through spirit:  Gratitude and Forgiveness and the six words that have become my creative process were given to me by my Tarot guru (www.thetarotlady.com): Dream, Create, Study, Learn, Inquire and Prepare. My Dream is being created…I’ve already designed a class around dancing Nia to the energy of each of the Major Arcana tarot cards and a workshop designed to delve a little deeper into tarot and movement. I will be studying and learning more about how to best present my dream, I will be inquiring internally and preparing for what comes next.

For those of you who dabble in or know tarot, the cards related to my creative process are:

Seven of Cups:  “I am willing to do what I can to make my dreams a reality.”
Queen of Wands:  “I am powerfully creative. I trust and stoke my inner creative fire.”
The Chariot: “I can steer my life any way I wish”
Ace of Swords:  “New thoughts, ideas” and Eight of Swords REVERSED: “I am always able to find a way.”
High Priestess: “All the answers I need are within me. I trust my own intuition.”
Three of Wands: “I am ready to expand my world. My potential is unlimited.”

The Empress: “My creativity and abundance are unlimited” and the Knight of Cups: “I bring my innermost dreams to life” are my guides through the process.

There is even more being magically placed before me that I am unable to speak about just yet, but I know it’s powerful and I open my arms to what life has to offer.

My birthday was Sunday; my body turned 64 years of age. My spirit is eternal.

Step out of your comfort zone.  Say yes and be blessed.

Will You Still Need Me?

I’m giving thanks for another year almost coming to a close.  In 52 days (but who’s counting?) I’ll turn 64 years of age on this earth.  I’ve looking forward to singing “When I’m 64” by the Beatles at my birthday celebration!  One of the lines in the song for anyone who isn’t familiar with it is “Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m 64?”

To whom would I be asking this question?  Friends?  Relatives?  Spirit?

Perhaps I would ask my Self.  Hey Self..will you still need me?  Will you still feed me?  I can answer unequivocally “YES” to that question.  My Self (the truth of who I am, not the “self” which I would call the ego) needs me…needs my body, my mind and my heart in order to express the truth of who I am.  And I’m very much loving the sustenance with which I’m being fed.

Those who hunger and thirst for the truth find it.  It’s my mission, my purpose in life to continue to express the truth of who I am in every moment of every day.  Do I always find that I’m living my purpose?  Mostly, but I do have epic fails from time to time — keeps me on my toes and ever vigilant.

And so it goes.

Sixty-three

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January 11th was my 63rd birthday.  I’m not sure what “63” is supposed to feel like other than what it does. 

My husband and I had a birthday dinner party at a local Italian restaurant.  Several friends joined us.  We laughed and ate and drank wine (and some drank Old Fashions).  We moved our dinner party to the bar of a close-by hotel (where one of my friends was staying). There was a guitarist who had a really rich playlist from which to choose.  A couple of us girlfriends got up and danced and didn’t care that no one else did, and the guitarist appreciated the gesture. 

Other than having a few more aches and pains, I feel more awesome now than I did at 33.  It has to do with consciousness.

DANCE MOVE EXPRESS SPIRIT CREATE CHANGE

DANCE!

MOVE!

EXPRESS SPIRIT!

CREATE CHANGE!

My sacred journey involves dancing through life and that involves teaching Nia.  Those 6 words above are my definition of what Nia means to me.  If you’d like to know more about Nia beyond those 6 words, check out http://www.nianow.com.  Find a class near you. Dance, Move, Express, Spirit, Create, Change.  If you’re looking for a fitness class that is beyond dance, beyond fitness, beyond simply exercising the body, then Nia is for you.  Go.  Dance.  Move.  Express Spirit.  Create Change.  

 

 

Small Victories

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Friday is the 62nd year of celebrating my life on the planet Earth.

The photo above is of the 62nd Hexagram of the Chinese divination tool, the I Ching (pronounced Yi Jing).  The I Ching is centered on the ideas of the dynamic balance of opposites, the evolution of events as a process, and acceptance of the inevitability of change. The 62nd hexagram deals with small victories — in all aspects of one’s life — work, relationships, creativity, etc.

I would have to say that at this point in my life, small victories are the way to go.  I’ve never been in to the mindset of “success” as it relates to stature or monetary gains in the world.  I’m quite successful in my own world — the world of conscious movement — the world of teaching Nia, which for me goes well beyond what I offer in the classroom.  Nia (www.nianow.com) is my platform for not only creative expression but spiritual expression, as well.  Do not confuse spiritual expression with religion.  I do not profess any religious beliefs — that is not my way.  Do I believe in God?  That would be a resounding YES.  But it is more than a belief.  I experience the qualities and characteristics of God in my daily living.  God and I are one and together we have a plethora of small victories on a daily basis.  Am I working toward perfection?  Hmmm. I’d have to say no, but I do begin and end my day with gratitude for those instances in which I lived to my highest vision and for those instances when I fell short.  Small victories attained through simply living in the moment.

I started out my focus of 2013 by choosing the image of Crow Woman, Guardian of Sacred Law.  What one expresses into the world is what one can expect from the returning cycle…or another way to put it (paraphrasing from the TV show “Laugh In”…I am 62 afterall)…”what you think, what you see and what you do is what you get.”  If you don’t like what you’re getting, then Crow Woman suggests that you change what it is you’re expressing into the world.

Small victories.  There are so many opportunities to think, to see and to do things differently.

What are your small victories?  What changes have you made or are you making that enhance your world?  That enchant your world?

As Captain Pickard would say, “make it so.”  I plan to make it so in every moment…and making  it a dance through life.