Being Me

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I’ve loved this photo from the first day I saw it.  That would be me hanging upside down during a ballet class.  I never took any ballet classes when I was little.  First, we didn’t have the money and second, my mom knew me well enough to know I could never pay attention long enough to get through a class with such a structured environment.  Back when I was growing up there was no ADHD or ADD given as a diagnosis.  I was just me being me.  Rebellious.  Sassy.  A potty mouth — descriptions of me being me then and I would say those same descriptions hold true for me now — I would add “Real” though.  Rebellious. Sassy.  Potty Mouth.  Real.  Me being me.  Gratitude for all things they say.  I am definitely grateful to be me.

How about you?  Are you being you or are you being someone you think you’re supposed to be — for someone else?  I did that stint, too.  “Me being me” took a back seat for several years; the “me thinking I needed to be what someone else thought I should be” taking front and center stage.  Whew, am I ever glad that era is over.  

It took a good friend, a group of wonderfully spiritually-oriented people, and a greeting card to get me back on track.  The good friend remained steadfast through the many alliterations of me and continues to be a life force friend to this day; the group of people are still around, too, only dispersed throughout the world these days (each of us knowing we could call on one another and we’d be there in a heartbeat); and the greeting card that arrived in the mail one day.  All that was handwritten inside were three words, “Where Are You?”

Those three words changed my life.  I made an about-face; made the lifestyle changes required for me to begin being me again and voila’.  I am here.  Me being me.

The invitation is always present.  Where Are You?  May I have this dance?

 

Transformational Movement

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Nia is transformational movement.  Was it my subconscious that led me to Nia?  Perhaps it was through the wisdom of the Universe that I found Nia.   I originally thought I was drawn to Nia because it is done barefoot … or maybe it was the music … or perhaps the invitation to express creatively while moving.  Whatever the case, I am infinitely grateful for the opportunity to teach Nia…to share the wonderous benefits (which go waaaaay beyond the physical realm) and to become part of a world-wide community of people who share the love of dance…who actually embody conscious transformation.

Marilyn Gordon, Director of Life Transformation Associates, says, “The divine art of conscious transformation can happen in the flash of a moment and can change the entire outlook of our lives. Even though we set ourselves free at one moment, doesn’t necessarily mean that we set ourselves free the next. We have to keep working on it, keep at it, keep on remembering the transformational work we came here for and keep on bringing the light to every aspect of ourselves.

It is for this reason that I found Nia.  To be a shaman, a healer, a catalyst for others to find their way in this crazy world; to invite others to “remember the transformational work we came here for” — and what better way to bring that invitation than through the expressive, creative art of dance and movement.

A Nia class is not just a cardiovascular fitness practice — although it is definitely that!!  Nia is a lifestyle practice as well.  One begins to feel good about themselves and begins to notice the little things in our lives that keep us from stepping fully into our greatness.  We have within us an inherent “greatness” gene.  It’s always there…sometimes it gets hidden or tossed to the back recesses of our beingness; nevertheless, it is there.  

In a Nia class — at least in MY Nia classes — there is an hour filled with love and laughter and moving the body in ways that perhaps it has never moved in before and in moving the body, the mind and heart awaken to a different voice…a unique and expressly personal voice that beckons the invitation to rise up my love, my fair one, and come away.  So many people in the world have a less than divine sensing of who they are, yet the divine self waits for the layers of self-denial, self-doubt and low self-esteen to fall away, revealing the beauty and grandeur of Being.  

This is my purpose…my sacred livelihood.  To engender change, to be a transformative force in my world…and thus in THE world.  Nia is my platform, my mode of transportation…transformation is an ever-moving destination — one that brings me much joy as I dance through life.  My Life As Art.  Won’t you join me in the fantastic journey?  The first stop along the way is “Love Your Body.”