"On Embodiment & Evolution"
The way he treats his body, you'd think he was renting.
- Robert Brault
Back in the 70's I went for my first Rolfing session (a deep tissue form of massage - or body torture - depending on your perspective) created by Ida Rolf. After several sessions my Rolfer said to me, "Michael, you're the only person I've ever worked on who doesn't realize he has a body." Those were the days of non-stop coffee, cigarettes and frenetic activity (well, stopping 1 out of 3 is not bad). Now, almost 4 decades later I realize how accurate his assessment was. My mind had bypassed my body, which had simply become a means of transportation for my head. While I have slowed down, I still have those days.
Like today, which started out all wrong! Noisy people, irritating events, feeling angry and anxious -- nothing seemed to be working and I kept getting more and more grouchy. I wanted to complain, blame or bite someone's head off, but knew that would only make things worse. I noticed that my body was tense and my breathing shallow. Perhaps, I could find some relief by going to the body. What would happen if I turned my attention to my breath, body awareness and movement?
Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness,
which unites your body to your thoughts.
- Thich Nhat Hanh
Read the entire letter from Michael here
*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 to 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.
Please join us for a magical, shamanic journey where we move with intimacy and awareness into the innermost truth of that which never dies. As the exponential effects of our collective ways of living on earth are felt more and more acutely, growing awareness and courageous participation become essential to restore balance to life on this precious little planet. The fear of death is the mother fear of all fears (also known as survival fears), and to recognize the eternal through the timeless dimensions of love is the antidote to so much that ails us. Please join us during these hallowed (lit. means to honor as holy) days and nights.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you soon!
Wishing you love and happiness, now. ~ Maniko
A Voice for All Souls
- Date: October 31 - November 1st
- Teacher: Maniko Dru Dadigan with DJ Divine
- Where: Odd Fellows Hall, 212 Spring St., Nevada City
- Cost: $275 early reg. until 10/11, then $320
- Contact Info: Michael Stone 530-477-7757
- Time: Saturday 10:30am-6pm, Sunday 1-6pm
By way of love, by way of attunement, by way of connection with the undying spirit that lives and breathes and moves in all that is, past/present/future, this weekend is devoted to venturing further into the experience and meeting with the visible and invisible worlds - dissolving the veils that appear to separate us.
Through dance invocations, tonal incantations, through song, writing and full-bodied prayer we will cross over again and again - offering our bodies and voices as vehicles to honor our dead ancestors and our awakened mystics as we journey all the way to communion with 'that which never dies'.
More info. and to register: http://welloflight.com/archives/525
Bill Plotkin: Nature and the Human Soul
Bill Plotkin, PhD, is a depth psychologist, wilderness rites guide, and ecotherapist. As the founder of Colorado's Animas Valley Institute, he has, since 1981, guided thousands of people through nature-based initiatory passages He is the author of Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche (New World Library, 2003) and Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World (New World Library, 2008). www.natureandthehumansoul.com
Gary Zukav and Linda Francis: Making Your Life Count
Gary Zukav is a Harvard graduate, Vietnam Veteran, Green Beret, recovering person, spiritual wayfarer, and a favorite guest on Oprah. Gary Zukav is the author of The Dancing Wu Li Masters, The Seat of the Soul and most recently Soul Stories. He and his partner Linda Francis will be joining us to talk about expressing our soul into the world. garyzukav.wwwhubs.com
Jean Houston: Creating your own story
Dr. Jean Houston, scholar, philosopher and researcher in human capacities, is one of the foremost visionary thinkers and doers of our time, one of the principal founders of the Human Potential Movement. A powerful and dynamic speaker, she holds conferences and seminars with social leaders, educational institutions and business organizations worldwide. She has written 26 books and is the founder of The Mystery School which is dedicated to training people in recognizing and remembering the great mystery that dwells within each of us. www.jeanhouston.org
Gail Larsen: If You Want to Change the World, Tell a Better Story
Gail Larsen is a communications coach, speaker and workshop leader, group facilitator, and an award-winning entrepreneur. She founded Real Speaking in 1991 to support her clients in mining the deep well of their life experience and self-expression to become powerful platform speakers. www.realspeaking.net
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October 6th, Tina Stanley & Ed Bastian: Living Fully, Dying Well
Tina Staley, MSW, is a clinical social worker and Cancer Guide with Duke University Medical Center and provides supportive self-guidance to cancer patients and their families for an enhanced quality of life through multi-dimensional care needs and courses of treatment. She helps to address concerns and feelings raised by a diagnosis of cancer.
Edward W. Bastian, Ph.D., is a Buddhist scholar and teacher and was executive producer for a series of award-winning BBC and PBS programs about religion and three films about Tibetan Buddhism for the National Endowment for the Humanities. He taught classes about world religion and directed the biodiversity program at the Smithsonian Institution. He is president of the Spiritual Paths Foundation. link for more
October 13th, David Crow: Herbal Medicine and Spirituality
David Crow is one of the worldís foremost experts and leading speakers in the field of botanical medicine, natural health and ecological sustainability. He is a master herbalist, aromatherapist and acupuncturist with over 20 years experience and is an expert in the Ayurvedic and Chinese medical systems. He is a renowned author and the founding director of Floracopeia Aromatic Treasures.
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October 20, David Whyte: The Three Marriages (a special KVMR Membership Drive show)
David Whyte, Poet, Author, Lecturer holds a degree in Marine Zoology and has traveled extensively, including living and working as a naturalist guide in the Galapagos Islands and leading anthropological and natural history expeditions in the Andes, the Amazon and the Himalaya. He brings this wealth of experience to his poetry, lectures and workshops.
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October 27, Shantimayi: Spiritual Inspiration
ShantiMayi is a rare being. She is the only westerner, as well as the only woman ever to carry the grace of her lineage of exceptional Indian sages around the entire world. In her talks are forums of inspiration people have an opportunity to address the concerns, questions and discoveries that people bring to this precious time. ShantiMayi inspires us to enliven the wonderful potential within us all. link for more
November 3rd, Mariana Caplan: Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path
Mariana is an author, anthropologist, and psychologist with a Ph.D. in Contemporary Spirituality. She attributes the majority of her education and inspiration to years of research and practice in the world's great mystical traditions, and to studying, living, and adventuring in villages in India, Central and South America, and Europe. Her sole passion is a love of Truth and transformation. link for more
November 10th, Patt Lind-Kyle: Heal Your Mind, Rewire Your Brain
Pat is a teacher, consultant, and innovator in the use of brain/mind research to teach people meditation and mental tools for transforming their lives and communities. She has a passion to question, explore, research and then create programs and methods that enhance the lives of others. link for more
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One day the sun admitted,
I am just a shadow.
I wish I could show you the Infinite Incandescence
that has cast my brilliant image!
I wish I could show you,
when you are lonely or in darkness,
the Astonishing Light of your own Being!
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