Actually, she contacted me after finding me on the Facebook page and checking out my website and asked if I wanted to be interviewed for her, Lusciously & Soulfully series on her blog! I was amazed she found me and learned again from this experience that if you show up, dare to step out of your comfort zone and reach out to communities that interest you, things happen!
It turns out we have a lot in common, both coming from the west coast of Canada, having a background in dance and combining our passions and skills in movement, bodywork, healing, coaching and personal development. It was a a real pleasure not only to have the opportunity to connect and share my work with Janelle and her community, but also to take the time to answer her beautiful and thoughtful questions and reflect on my personal journey until now.I’d like to share the interview with you here!
Feeling nothing but gratitude for this weekend’s workshop at Tatwerk in Berlin.12 brave souls showed up and went on a movement journey that a friend of mine described as, “getting down to the essence or finding the essential”. It made my heart sing when she described it that way, because it’s exactly what I’m aiming for! I believe there’s power and beauty in our essential nature and our “humanness”. Yes, we have complex personalities and can perform and articulate ourselves in interesting ways, which is wonderful. At the same time, I feel like it’s our attention to the things we do every day and may sometimes take for granted like, standing, sitting, breathing, walking, seeing and observing, that give a richness to our self- expression.This awareness or attention to “being” can also give us a support in our increasingly complex world. Like an anchor, being present in our bodies and daily actions can be a ritual to help ground us, making our way of life more artful as well!
Whatever our stories are, we can make the journey to our essential nature linking us at a very basic human level. By connecting with our essence, we also encourage our own individual and authentic voices within the collective to emerge, creating something greater all together.
Thanks again to everyone who joined and until next time, keep dancing ***
How are you doing? Doesn’t it seem like our world is changing so rapidly these days, faster than our minds and bodies can keep up with?
I think it’s more important than ever that we learn how to slow down and find a sanctuary within ourselves and within our communities. It’s vital to have a creative outlet and place to go to where we feel welcome and safe to share our thoughts and feelings. Practices like conscious breathing and movement can re-align us when we’re overwhelmed. Movement, exercise or dancing, channels our feelings creatively and frees the energy in our body which starts flowing again. Both are essential to help us come back to the present moment, which can change our situation and how we feel in an instant.
But what’s so attractive about the present moment right now, especially when life’s so challenging? Why would we want to be there?
The thing is, the moment is all we have and the only place we can really act from. At least from awareness we step back and gain more perspective.Focusing on our breath creates a space inside of us where we become an observer of our thoughts and feelings, while stillness quiets us down and centers us. We start responding rather than impulsively react to things that are out of our control.
Yes, there are moments in life when we’re stretched and tested to the limit and that’s where consistency comes in. Practicing presence gives us a foundation, while doing it daily helps build resilience for the harder times that are to come. No matter what happens though, we can create an inner sanctuary to go home to. Going to that place, we take back our power and change our state of mind.
Dancing The Moment Workshop Berlin 15′
The world needs you brave ones. Sharing with others can amplify our experience and uplift us and creative practices help us transcend any challenging situation we may find ourselves in.
Take care and thank you for being a part of this creative community!