Receiving…life!

I am always thinking about how to breathe a little bit more, relax a little bit more in each moment as life throws up its delicious and scaly balls of delights and uh ohhhhhs!

With my background in movement, I have come to discover that being able to “receive” (for me means to relax and surrender) is the opposite quality of creating and offering shapes i.e “giving”…obvious I know, but so tricky to really embody these opposite qualities and be in balance.

As what is life if we aren’t able to really let in all the good things as well as give all we can?  Sometimes it feels scary to let in too much… like the sirens, loud voices, relationships (healthy and unhealthy), bright lights and the full on swing of life which is fab but it can feel a bit much sometimes.  We can be living in reaction to this big offering and begin to shut down. Or we can feel like we have so much to give, receiving is never necessary. You could add your own experience in relation to this!

This is why I feel strongly that in order to learn to receive and not fear the overwhelm that receiving can bring we need to go back to the garden (public or private). Literally just by feeling our brother wind, and breathing and moving with him, against him…in different rhythms like staccato or flow, we can simply start to receive the presence of his gentle gifts. This is surely a great thing to receive!

A lot of the time, when we are in nature we relate to it from “walking” “sitting” or “standing” ~ maybe we are reading, sunbathing, mowing the lawn, watering the flowers or exercising, or looking at something (the butterflies ;). However, if we explore moving/dancing within it, we change our experience. If we move at different levels or track our bodies within the environment through our vision, we pretty soon start to feel more immersed in it and thus more deeply nourished. We also re-gain our life force as we invigorate our entire beings with the purity of nature, its quietness and its gentleness giving us a calmer space from which to bubble up again!

We can really replenish ourselves with the goodness that is already here, present in nature, so that we are filled enough to give even more healthily and from a place of ultimate well-being. YAHHHHHHH!!!

Join me and Mark Reeves on August 27th Lewes for a delicious collaboration of skills in taking you deeper in connection to yourselves, to others and nature through movement and sharing. See Workshops for more info and to book.

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Moving and Sounding

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Each time I hold a Movement Matters class or workshop, the thing that strikes a chord with participants the most is when I create a supportive and alive atmosphere for people’s movement journey with my sounds (various instruments or my voice).

I used to be shy, finding it hard to articulate even, and singing…well that was a big no no, having always been told that I sung flatly by friends and teachers. How things change! Now I run classes that incorporate holding the space with sound and am evolving this new resource I have of sounding. Participants are most touched by the fact it reaches something deep inside them that could perhaps not be articulated. Others feed back that they would dearly love to bring their voice to life in a similar way.

What creates this gap that means that there is such a deep longing inside people to connect to this part of themselves? We are each moving towards WHOLENESS after all. This means giving EQUAL value to our voice as well as our body and our mind. Embracing it all.

As an extension of our body, is our voice. We can get into verbal rutts, using the same words, same expressions, over and over…why don’t we play with this? And find our fullest potential through experimenting with our own sounds, volume and pitch?

In my own personal journey, it took being around a camp fire, shaker in hand, in the land of Peru, 2004, to get me to begin dropping my self-consciousness and facing the block in my throat. Gradually, throughout my training with Sandra Reeve and Su Prapto Suryadarmo, both of whom hold the space with sounding, prayers and chants rather than recorded music, I began to unfurl into a more expanded version of myself. Knowing the sense of empowerment it gave, I felt confident to begin sharing this in my own groups, thoroughly enjoying the powerful, altered, time-less realm it creates. Over time, my sounding has become clearer, with more variation, that has in turn given me and the participants in my groups so much pleasure. I have the honour of greeting their movements and their spirits, marking their transitions from one way of moving to another updated way of moving, celebrating their sifting and their shifting.

I have created three consecutive classes exploring Moving and Sounding starting 6th January, 13th January and 20th January 2016. See classes for more info and to book.