The Natural Me

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I was reading a friend’s Facebook post.  She had decided to let her natural hair color grow out (she’s a bottle redhead, like me).  The picture above is what I imagine my natural hair color to be — it’s a chestnut brown with two silver streaks (some might call the color “gray”, I prefer silver, thank you very much) at both of my temples.  I’ve been coloring my hair red pretty much all of my life.  When I was in my early 20’s I was a blonde, a redhead, a brunette and once it was a beautiful magenta — almost dark purple.  But why do I color it now?  Because redheads have more fun?  Because all the ads on TV were about “covering the gray?”  Because I wanted to look younger? Dunno.  Maybe all of the above.  Maybe none of the above.  It is what it is.  And now it’s time to make a change.

I’m REEEEEALLLLY excited about this.  I’ve already contacted my hairdresser (who is a magician and a hair guru) who is in this for the long run with me.  I’m blessed to have creative thinking and doing folks in my life.

When I told my husband that I was going to be letting my hair grow back to its natural color, he said “what is it, I don’t remember!”ImageHA!  So I showed him one of our wedding reception pictures (12 years ago), which was the last time I had my hair in it’s natural state — and long.  We are both 50 years old in this picture.  It had rained during our outside wedding, so my hair is looking a teensy bit bedraggled, but basically it was chestnut brown with silver streaks at the temples.  

This is the year of expansion for me.  A year of letting go (not the same as giving up) and a year of bringing unprecedented changes to bear in my life.  I’m stepping up, stepping out, and stepping more into my greatness.  And it’s feeling good.

This may not seem like a big step to many folks (the “uncoloring” of my hair), but let me tell ya…it’s a major change for me.  I’m embracing it.  At the biological age of 62, my inner goddess is sighing a deep breath of release.  

The saucy redhead is about to become a silver fox.  And that just gives me tremendous shivers of delight.

Come and dance with me…let your own evolution of who you are emerge through the Joy of Movement.  My Nia classes are:  9:00 a.m. on Saturdays and Mondays, 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.

 

 

Movement as Prayer

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I’m currently reading a book entitled, “Help, Thanks, Wow: Three Essential Prayers” by Anne Lamott.   Ms Lamott, for this book alone, has risen to the top of my favorite authors list.  

Three prayers:  Help, Thanks, Wow.   Lamott describes in real life situations how a simple prayer of “Help” or “Thanks” or “Wow” to the Universe brings about change.  Ahhhh…change.  No wonder so many prayers fall short of their mark…not many folks are willing to change or make changes.   When I was little I thought if I prayed everything would be alright.  But things weren’t alright, not always.  Perhaps it was my bartering that made my prayers a little less substantial.  “If you will only do this one thing for me, God, I promise I’ll never….(fill in the blank).”  Tsk. Tsk. It was my end of the bargain that always fell short.  The Universe more often than not answered my prayer.  What was I doing wrong?  Could it be that I wasn’t taking responsibility…that I was assuming that all I needed to do was ask the Powers That Be to do something and I didn’t have to do anything in return?  Well, gee.  I was young.  Come on.  Give a girl a break.  HA.  How about 10,000 breaks?  

I’ve grown up to some degree since those days of  bartering…of long lengthy prayers about what I would do “if only”.  These days there’s no bartering.  I just need to move my body. My movement becomes my prayer.  Simple.  When I find that I’m desiring something…I move my body.  Help — in the freedom and form of Nia.  When I want to express gratitude …I move my body.  Thanks — in the freedom and form of Nia.  For those awe-inspiring magical moments (which happen more often than not)…I move my body.  Wow — in the freedom and form of Nia.

“The body says what words cannot”.  — Martha Graham

No words are necessary.  Just the passion, the love for moving and dancing and wiggling and shaking, for making shapes and the love  for expressing the unique spirit that inhabits and animates this human form; the love for using my mind to imagine and visualize, the love for using my emotions to feel.  Movement as prayer.

Help.  Thanks.  Wow.  Thank you Anne Lamott for simplifying prayer.  Thank you Debbie Rosas Stewart and Carlos AyaRosas for allowing Nia to come through your bodies, minds, hearts and spirits into the world so that Life could set me on a path of discovering the Joy of Movement and that Movement As Prayer…IS ceaseless prayer.  Now I Am ….  Sacred.

 

 

 

 

 

The Fifth Dimension

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I had to laugh when I read the quote above.  I do enjoy Daylight Savings Time, but  I’m not at all sure what purp0se it serves…seems to me it was created to help the farmers plant earlier in the spring and harvest later in the fall.  Humans are so good at trying to manipulate time.  In the end, time is time.  We still have to live our lives in the moment.  Now.  And now.  And now.

The Third Dimension is the Material World; the Fourth Dimension is Time and Space; the Fifth Dimension is where time collapses and we live life in the present moment…what we think manifests.  The Age of Aquarius (go ahead and sing it…I know you want to).

When the moon is in the seventh house
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars
This is the dawning of the age
Of a Aquarius, the age of Aquarius
Aquarius, Aquarius
Harmony and understanding
Sympathy and trust abounding
No more falsehoods or derisions
Golden living dreams of visions
Mystic crystal revelation
And the minds true liberation
Aquarius, Aquarius
When the moon is in the seventh house
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars
This is the dawning of the age
Of a Aquarius, the age of Aquarius.

And no amount of harmony and understanding, sympathy and trust abounding, golden living dreams of visions, mystic crystal revelation or peace guiding the plants and love steering the stars will happen until human beings let go of their desire, their misdirected need to manipulate the Third and Fourth Dimensions.  

The Fifth Dimension awaits…I certainly have had the opportunity to witness manifesting in the moment, haven’t you?  Some people call these moments miracles or magic.  Yes, they are miracles and they are magic to the simple human mind.  For those of us who have experience with Spirit though, these moments are what happen when one lives in alignment with the Universe, letting go of any greedy insistence on getting “more” — whether it be more money, a bigger car, a better house — or in just wanting more time.

The Age of Aquarius is here.   The Fifth Dimension is available.  Rest in the assurance, the realization and tranquility that whatever is, IS.  It doesn’t need to be changed. 

The damage is done, but it’s not too late.  Healing happens in an instant when we live in the moment, receiving and accepting what comes to us with gratitude.  Gratefulness in all things…no picking and choosing.  Being present.  Laughing. Dancing.  Moving through life with Joy. 

When the moon is in the seventh house…

 

 

 

 

 

Love or Fear?

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It’s cold.  It’s winter and it’s Wisconsin, so what is it that I expected?  Surely not 70 degrees and warm sunshine!  So if it’s cold, it’s winter and it’s Wisconsin, wouldn’t it be a likely choice that I would wear clothes that would keep me warm? Sure it would.  It’s just common sense.  It wouldn’t be healthy wearing shorts, a tank top and flip flops in the snow.

Why is it that some folks make choices that are opposite of creating healthy situations?  There’s the obvious ones like continuing to smoke even though there is so much research out there to prove that it’s bad for your health…or driving intoxicated — and in both of those choices, by the way, others are involved.  Second hand smoke or becoming increasingly incapable of remaining healthy for any period of time, or potentially involving other drivers on the road.  Then there’s the little choices.  I’m going to eat that chocolate cake because I want it.  I’m going to drink that third cup of coffee because I want to.  Doesn’t matter that it’s not healthy for me (for whatever reasons).  I want to do it,  and I’m going to.  So there.

Choices.  We all make them.  Some made blindly, some more consciously than others and always we get to handle the results and/or consequences of our choices.  Some make choices based on the authority we have bestowed on another — like the pseudo-authority of doctors, lawyers, politicians.  Back in the early 80’s, I used to drive an old beater of a car — a old heap of a Dodge Charger.  It would’ve fallen apart if it weren’t for the “Question Authority” bumper stickers I had all over it.  I still question authority when it comes from outside myself.  I do heed the wise words of those I trust (good friends, my husband).   I don’t trust doctors.  I’ll listen to them on occasion but then I’ll wait for my own internal authority figure to suggest what choice I should make based on all the information.  For instance, the flu shot.  If the mass consciousness believes it to be the thing to do, I can usually bet that it’s not for me.  I don’t do something “just because.”  Vaccinations.  Don’t do them either.  Cold medicine, cholesterol medicine, arthritis medicine…pretty soon our bodies aren’t even our bodies anymore — they are a conglomeration of pharmaceuticals and synthetics — and the effects go far beyond just the body (although without a body, the rest of it doesn’t matter, eh?).

And then on other occasions, I make a decision based on impulse.  Sometimes it works out in my favor, most times those impulsive decisions (like eating that chocolate cake) prove to have some pretty interesting consequences.  Choices are normally made out of Love or out of Fear.  What’s the motive behind your choice?  Often life will find a way for us to hear that wee, small but oh so powerful voice of our own inner authority.  You have to be ready to hear it.  You might be driving somewhere looking to the heavens for an answer to a current uncomfortable life circumstance and you hear a voice that says something powerful.  WHO WAS THAT???  The inner authority speaks.  The person who is ready to hear it will listen and adjust accordingly.

I have a choice for you — and it’s the Mother of all Choices.  Are you ready?  

CHOOSE LOVE.  It’s the only choice.  One of the ways to choose LOVE is to love your body and love your life.  If you’re unfamiliar with how to do that, I can help you.  Find a Nia class near you (www.nianow.com).  Go.  Dance.  Be.  Laugh.  Transform your life.  Love your Body.  Celebrate.  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.