"In Search for Stillness"
Approaching 10,000 feet with 60 pounds on my spasming back, gasping for breath with each step, feeling like it might be my last on these bruised and blistered feet, I wondered, "Why am I doing this?" I kept repeating my mantra in cadence to my brutally slow cross country progress: "Al-lah, Al-lah, Bud-dha, Bud-dha"; and every so often I would stop and lean against a tree and say, "Lord Jesus, have mercy on me";. I figured if one of them was busy with a war or something, one of the others might hear my pathetic cry for the strength to get me up this mountain.
It had all started at 8,600 feet in Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park. Actually, it had started about 3 months before when I heard that Yashi and Belden Johnson were leading their annual trek and vision quest and invited me to join them. My terminal busyness had caught up with me again. I was exhausted! I knew that I wanted to find stillness, but I felt trapped in the world I myself had created. Everything I had to do seemed so important, a sure sign that my ego had once again taken over.
The purpose is to be in the present moment and enjoy each step you make.
- Thich Nhat Hanh
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*Changes to Nevada City Dance Schedule / 2 Sunday Sweat Your Prayers
For some time we have been turning people away from our Sunday Sweat Your Prayers. After hearing your thoughts on the matter I have decided to try a 3-month trial of holding 2 weekly Sunday Sweats.
Starting October 3rd we will have an 8:30am and 10:30am Sunday gathering. Each will start with a stillness meditation 15 minutes prior class. The first class will be a quieter, more spacious meditation (not without going through all the rhythms though) the second will be our regular full on, let it all go kind of dance and social connection. For those hearty dancers, you are welcome to do both. Also, for this 3-month period only we will offer an additional discount to those who buy 90-day dance cards. Instead of 5 dances for $60 we will offer you 6. For people who pay the door price of $15 you will be able to do the second dance for only $10 for a total of $25.
I hope that this will help to reduce the crowds while providing a quieter and more spacious dance floor for those of you in the earlier class.
*South Yuba Club Closed on September 18-20. There will be no class on Friday.
There will be class on Sunday at Seamanís Lodge in Pioneer Park, Nevada City prior to the Kathy Altman workshop.
I just spent a week dancing with Kathy in Sonoma. It was one of the most powerful and transformative experiences in my 20+ years of doing moving meditation. Please donít miss our yearly opportunity to have her here in our own local community.
Waves: Heaven and Hell
- Date: September 18 - 20
- Teacher: Kathy Altman
- Where: Nevada City
- Cost: $325
- Contact Info: Michael Stone 530-477-7757
- Time: Friday and Saturday 11am-5pm; Sunday 1-6pm
Most of us spend our lives seeking heaven, what we imagine will make us finally feel good forever, and running like hell from everything that makes us uncomfortable.
In Waves: Heaven and Hell, we use our movement practice to find true heaven in being grounded, centered, and expanded in each moment life brings. This is the real value of practice, to learn how to be open, be available, and maybe even playful as we get knocked off kilter or forced out of our comfort zone.
Finding and sustaining our presence, no matter what we feel or what goes on around us, is the dance that will reverberate long after this workshop ends.
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September 8th, Gary Zukav and Linda Francis: Making Your Life Count
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September 22nd Gail Larson: If You Want to Change the World. Tell a Better Story
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September 29th Jean Houston: Creating your own story
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October 20th David Whyte: The Three Marriages (a pledge drive show)
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God speaks to each of us as he makes us,
then walks with us silently out of the night.
These are the words we dimly hear:
You, sent out beyond your recall,
Go to the limits of your longing.
Flare up like a flame
and make big shadows I can move in.
Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.
Don’t let yourself lose me.
Nearby is the country they call life.
You will know it by its seriousness.
Give me your hand.
-- Rainer Maria Rilke
The privilege to refuse our flowering
I look out
growing so wild
and faithfully beneath
why we are the one
part of creation
to refuse our floweringÖ
-- David Whyte
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