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Ride The Storm, With Ease And Grace.

Embarking upon a journey into the swirling, twirling vortex that is the middle of every second week, slipping in a little footwork practice and a sleep before going off to find my attitude in strong poses and energy complete. Riding the wave of passionate expression I follow the winding path down the mountain and breathe a little sea air before hunkering down in the bunker, a welcoming warm shelter. It’s a matter of balance, of kindness, of care, do just enough to be alive fully but never push yourself beyond your capacity, whatever it may be.

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I love riding the edge of what might be possible, testing the limits of how balanced I can be no matter what life may be throwing at me, brain working out as I follow the notes on a musical page and count the beat, rise to the note. Higher functions are operating and all is well as long as I can balance on that narrow edge, teeter a tad by all means but lets stay on the path and keep fanning the fires of creativity, the torrents of energy flowing over the cliffs, emotions letting go of their attachments.

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My sea feels calm even when I can see stormy weather up ahead, the waves may be a bit big sometimes but if I can keep that calm centre within me holding it all together, I can ride out any storm. Just as well because I continue to add-on to the pile of what needs to be done by the end of the year, performance, costumes, the mastering of steps that seem to be forever in coming. The seeing, listening and enjoying of much good music, as well as the necessity of keeping the faith for all the Goddesses of the Dance by moving my body to good grooves on a regular basis.

That’s right, it’s supposed to be fun!

Someone should have reminded Judy Garland, here she is doing such a superb job of “Stormy Weather”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZfv1e2e7ug

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Taste The Love!

Even though I am obsessed with self-care, there are still times when I seem to load up my plate with such a lot of activities, I wonder if I really do know what I’m doing. First check point is, do all the things I want to do ‘feel’ right for me, if the answer is yes then I need to work out how to do it all while still taking care of myself. It can be quite a challenge, and while being organised is helpful, it’s my attitude that actually makes the biggest difference.

I’m sure you’ve heard about having an attitude of gratitude, well it does actually work, only I take it even further than that. The other day I did a day of cleaning at a beautiful healing centre, a huge building and an enormous amount of effort involved. I don’t really like to clean much but if you have to do it, you may as well feel good about it, and so I look upon it as an act of devotion or service. That notion I’ve been talking about a lot lately of bringing the sacred into everything we do. When you bring love into your action it not only enhances whatever you are doing, it brings that energy into the house that you are cleaning, or the food that you are preparing. And you can actually taste the love in food, really you can, it does taste better!

If everyone on the planet suddenly came down with a magical virus that brought out the qualities of love, respect, devotion and kindness, the world would be transformed overnight. Not a bad idea for a novel now I come to think of it, the sort of thing that Ben Elton might write. Let’s try seeing the world as the comedy that it really is, when I went to my yoga class in the middle of my busy week I dropped all the ‘doing’, and found myself smiling a lot and trying not to laugh. Not at anything in particular, just because I was in one of my favourite sacred spaces, and all my stressing was suddenly in perspective.

Let’s try to get some perspective happening here in this crazy world we’ve created, see the humour and the sacred in all things.

Shanti, shanti, shanti………peace, peace, peace………………..

From Little Things Big Things Grow.

Even I, worshiper of the heat, is feeling that things are just a teensie weensie bit hot, and I’m up in the mountains, feeling very sorry for the lowlanders, especially those under threat of fire. Global warming seems very real at times like this but it isn’t really the best name for the phenomenon, climate change is a better term, as it is talking about extreme weather, and can sometimes be describing extreme cold.

I don’t really understand the science behind it all, but I have heard that the other planets in our solar system are also experiencing climate change, so it does seem as though there might be a bigger picture that we are missing. According to Gregg Braden the ancients have described just this type of change happening before, he says that we are coming to the end of a very long cycle, 5,000 years or so.

He also says that it is the cultures that responded cooperatively to the situation that managed to survive, the ones who had the idea to grab what they could and stuff everyone else, were the ones that disappeared.  I think you can see that I am finding even more ways to go on about my favourite subject, the importance of community and connection with each other.

Whatever you might believe about climate change, there is absolutely no doubt that we have to do things differently if humanity is to survive on the planet. In ‘The Hobbit’ Gandalf explains his choice of Bilbo for the dwarves adventure, by explaining that it is the small actions that ultimately make a difference, being compassionate to yourself and to others, the small kindnesses, as opposed to the great battle against evil. How we behave in our everyday lives is what determines the outcome on a larger scale, so please never discount the importance of the role that you have to play.

I encourage you to listen to both parts of this video, it seems to have been put together from a few different talks and not always well-edited, but it is a great summary of the shift we are currently going through. I am not asking you to believe anything, just be open and consider possibilities that may or may not be new to you. For me this information really resonates and I am feeling the changes in my body very strongly, and doing my best to step into my fullness!

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8BBDB17506AA7B13

Imagining Kindness.

Time to talk food again, I did some naughty eating over the weekend and it’s reflected immediately upon the scales! Seems terribly unfair, but I guess I can also see it as a signpost that tells me with great clarity, that what I consumed was not particularly good for this body. Different bodies have their own responses to the fuel that we provide, and it’s important to find the food that works for your own unique and wonderful self.

I’m really feeling the craving for carbs that seems to be so easily stimulated for me, if I stray off the path even just a smidgen, the appetite wakes up and the voice of addiction begins its siren song. As I sit here and write, that voice is telling me that fish and chips is a perfectly reasonable dinner to have, it started as a piece of fish with salad that I will make, but that coaxing voice is luring me into carbohydrate overload!!

I know it’s just plain lazy on my part, but at times like this I long for a partner with the same interest in pursuing optimum health, to share the load of getting it altogether. Someone who loves to create masterpieces in the kitchen, oh what  a dream man that would be, I would happily be the kitchen hand joyfully clearing up the mess left by creativity gone wild.

In the meantime it’s up to me to create this new lifestyle for myself, and one thing that I have learned as I walk the path of life, is that self-flagellation doesn’t help when it comes to creating and manifesting change of any kind. My mother always says that kindness is one of the most underrated qualities and I heartily agree with her. But we need to remember to apply this wisdom to ourselves as well as to others, imagine a world where everybody was kind to themself.  Hard to imagine isn’t it but I am one of the dreamers, just like the amazing John Lennon with his song “Imagine” Please enjoy this classic song and really listen to the words, even though you probably know them well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRhq-yO1KN8

John Lennon.

John Lennon.