Movement as Prayer

The body says...

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Crow Woman – Realization, Boundaries, Creativity

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It’s New Year’s Day!  I welcome the abundant blessings and opportunities available in 2013!

It is up to me to manifest the reality of my focus and intentions in 2013.  The best way I know how to bring creativity into the world is through my sacred livelihood, Nia.  It is the dance of life for me — and the powerful agent of death — the letting go of all that does not serve my unique spirit.  

In honor of stepping in to a new cycle, I drew from the Mythical Goddess tarot deck four cards that surround my focus and intentions for 2013.

“Crow Woman is the Guardian of Sacred Law, wielding true justice and the highest principles of right and wrong.  Crow Woman shape-shifts and is unattached to the affairs of this world and the drama of human experience.  Crow Woman asks that you honor your boundaries.  Shift your life to be in synch with your own sacred nature.  Be true to yourself.”   

  • I intrepret that as:  The world’s ways are not my ways — true justice and the highest principles of right and wrong have nothing to do with man’s laws and justice system.  It has everything to do with integrity and living to my highest vision in any moment.  

 Remaining unattached to the filth, degradation and mockery that imbues this world on a daily basis is paramount for health and healing.  

  • True identity is key.  For those of you who know me, I think you would agree that this is how I live my life…I couldn’t have drawn a more perfect card!  Except that I drew 3 more perfect cards!!

 

Astara, Ace of Wind; Four of Earth (the goat mandala); and Creativity, Mother of Wind.

Astara, The Ace of Wind has to do with Realization, razor sharp mental clarity, conscious understanding.  Realization is the first step — conscious awareness.  Nia is the dance of conscious awareness and goes beyond just mental clarity — physical and emotional clarity are also a part of my process of Realization.

The Four of Earth portrays the Goat Mandala as a powerful shield of unity and strength that creates clear boundaries.  My sun sign is Capricorn and my 13 Moon calendar signature is White Planetary Mirror — both have to do with being grounded AND living with spiritual intent.  I am being invited to keep safe and sacred my boundaries and the space around me.  Conscious choices create safe boundaries and sacred space.  Not all of my choices have created a safe and sacred space for me.  One of my intentions is to have less of those occurrences in 2013!  

Creativity, Mother of Wind embodies the abundant, fertile creativity of the mind.  Her flow of ideas come into the Earth as beautiful manifestations of heavenly creations.  She brings inspiration and new realities to come.  Nia allows for creative expression that goes far beyond what I dance in the classroom.  I am lifted up to heights unknown when I am in that place of creativity — I am the dance of life.  

So it would appear I have quite a year ahead of me — having the Guardian of Sacred Law as my guide, I have no doubt it will be an exciting, adventurous journey.

A big thanks to beautiful Mythical Goddess tarot deck!