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I have a totally new understanding of who I am. I HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE MY LIFE, and the knowledge that I am supported by love to make these changes! I am ready to move forward from a trust in my own light and power. — Roko Ona, M.D. ~ Tokyo
It was like the dam broke, and everything came out to be healed. I felt totally revealed and safe in the nurturing space you created. We went so deep, and yet it was so easy. Thank you. — Shela Tarwater, Paralegal ~ Florida
I am claiming and remembering my power. I am remembering to listen for my inner guidance. I am remembering the language of my heart. I have ALL the power within me NOW. I remember I am the ONE I had been waiting for. I carry this message with me every day! — Meghan Dwyer, Raw Food Chef ~ Sedona
I was guided towards profound insights that have shifted both my understanding of myself and my way of being on this planet. — Justin Caruso, Yoga Teacher ~ NYC

Posts Tagged ‘dance’

We would LOVE to introduce you to one of our facilitators, Sophie Bolton from SW England. Sophie has had a lifelong passion to dance; she found gold on the psychedelic floors of the UK trance scene in the late nineties- seeing the light beyond her patterns of behaving and relating in order to survive.  We are proud to have her in our Dancing Freedom family and are happy to share some of her embodied wisdom with you. Injoy <3

“What is it that you really love to do?  And I mean for ‘a living’, what makes you feel like you are ‘living’ your life?   I’m hoping that you’ll receive this at a time when you’re thinking of starting something new and here’s the sign to take that leap!

I have chosen to follow my heart of late.  I am choosing to align with the smallest, humblest and largest stirring inside- to DANCE and facilitate free form dance, to cultivate more connection between others at a time where feelings of separation and loneliness are growing!

I’ve discovered that holding Dancing freedom sessions means I get to share my passion for music and dance as a, ah-hem….DJ lady! From the new experience I have of mixing tunes I’m more bothered about being available to the people than I am with the next great mix – as long as I can share a journey with good music that I love with those that are there, then I’m winning!! So with my New Year’s intention of ‘do what you love to do’, I got to purchasing a sound system and DJ equipment. And I’m taking small steps to get to know my new toys.

A question I have is, what are you good at naturally?  For me it’s shining my light, being open to talking to strangers in queues, being wild, breaking self conscious norms and dancing freely.

Hopefully your job is what you love to do and if it’s not, then your gut knows that you’re building up to leaving and doing something you do love to do, right?

So, I dedicate this post to those with an inclination to no longer play it small, to those ready to open their sails to new adventures where they can shine. We are amazing and life is short.  Be it and Do it.”

~Sophie B.

You can read more and find out about Sophie on her personal blog- https://sophiebutterflybolton.wordpress.com/2016/03/16/dont-live-life-impressing-others-live-life-impressing-yourself/

And check out her classes! http://www.yogasophie.co.uk/dancing-freedom/

And, we’ve got one more month until Early Bird ends for our upcoming Dancing Freedom Training in August. Maybe this did find you at the perfect moment and you’re finding that you’re ready to take the leap and share your passion for dance medicine. Or, maybe you believe in the same things we do, help us spread the word about this Medicine, share this with your friends! After all- we are all in this together <3

www.dancingfreedom.com/aug-training/

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 3 May 2016 07:29
“Teach me how to love.”
“Teach me, Great Mother, how to be your daughter.”
These are the prayers I keep coming back to, again, and again, and again. These are the prayers that have shaped my life. Through my work as a Dancing Freedom Facilitator, Yoga Instructor, and Storyteller, my intention is to embody these prayers in ways that benefit my community, both locally and as a great whole. I live on a sailboat in the Georgia Straight, spending my time between the city, forest and open water. Please contact me at redfoxblackbear@gmail.com if you’d like to come and share the dance with me. I would love to dance, work, play, pray, create, and be with you!
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Last Updated on Monday, 29 February 2016 04:42

Hey Dancers,

We’re wanting to give you a little inside view into one of our Dancing Freedom communities around the world. We’ll be taking you to Berkeley, California with Dancing Freedom Facilitators Kanna Scoville and Chen Lehner to hear a little bit about how they teach, what the bring to each class, and what gets them super pumped up about Dancing Freedom. You ready?

Begin Transmission

Hi! We’re Kanna and Chen (aka Channa) aaanndd we met, four years ago this March, at a Dancing Freedom Facilitator Training. From then on we’ve continued to deepen, and explore, our loving connection. It’s evolved to support us in teaching a weekly Dancing Freedom class in the Berkeley Hills. In every class we generally focus on the theme of ‘Come As You Are.’ We are always looking to create new ways to invite people into a deeper experience of their life through dance, music, and radical self-expressive acceptance. Together, our deepest wish is to create and exist within community that is grounded in love, dance, and authenticity.

One of our greatest challenges that we’ve encountered as facilitators is finding our own voices and facilitation style. It has taken some time to really own what we want to say, when we want to say it, and even if it needs to be said at all. We often find that when we are called to speak in class that what actually wants or needs to be said is coming directly from our atunement to the group. It’s quite an interesting experience to open your mouth and feel like something is speaking through you to the group as a whole; and then reflecting on what you said and realizing that it totally came from spirit!

What continues to be our favorite part of holding Dancing Freedom classes is the closing circle after we dance. The vulnerability that is shared and the wisdom that comes forth continues to awe us, every time. And the bonus is we get to make money doing something that empowers and inspires us.. every week! There is nothing quite like it. Seriously.

We hold an open door policy with all of our classes. If you’re in the Bay Area and you’re new to dance or have been dancing your whole life, we welcome you to a safe place to fully express yourself, and explore movement. We invite you to Come As You Are.
We hold our class every Tuesday night at 7:30-9:30 at a private residence in the Berkeley Hills. If you are interested in joining us you can reach out via email to dancingfreedomberkeley@gmail.com for more information. Or, if you’d like to join the community online to hear about upcoming classes you can connect to our Dancing Freedom Berkeley Facebook group here.

If you want a taste of the music magic we co-create, we’ve uploaded last week’s playlist so you can check out what we’re dancing our prayers to. If you want a little dance-speration, hit play, and PLAY! You can access that here.

Much love,

Channa

 

How much would you LOVE to get out of your own way and be the voice of spirit that speaks to the world, AND make money while you’re doing it? We’ve got three weeks left on our Super Early Bird price for our Facilitator Training! Join us this summer Aug. 1-22nd for our unique, 22-day initiation. Find out more HERE.

Much love,

The Dancing Freedom Team

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 February 2016 09:02

Sometimes, when I’m on stage at a festival or facilitating a class, I look out at a sea of dancing people, and I think:

“Wow.  This is what the it looks like when we ‘arrive.’  This is what it looks like when people are awake – not just as consciousness – but fully in their bodies, in expression, in connection.  This is real freedom.”

“This is what the world would look like if peace were a reality for all beings.”

“Dang… this practice could totally change the world.”

“Whoah… it really IS.”

Why?  It’s just the way evolution is moving.  Watching a group of people dance is like watching evolution happen – everything conspires towards greater connection, collaboration, resonance and synergy.   Dance is a microcosm of the macrocosm.  It’s the cutting edge of consciousness as a practice that anyone can do.

I’ve witnessed uncounted miracles on the dance floor.  I’ve gotten feedback from literally thousands of people that Dancing Freedom has been a safe space to finally know and engage higher purpose, to heal what felt impossible to heal, or to know and trust membership and empowerment in community.

Collective awakening is awesome.  Seriously.  It’s a power that transcends the individual.  In Buddhism, it’s called Maitreya – collective Buddha – the thing that happens when a whole group of people awaken together and come into ownership of the indomitable power of WE.

(If you’ve ever been on a dance floor when everyone breaks into ecstasy at the same time, you know what I mean.)

We left tribal living a long time ago in favor of knowing ourselves.  It’s been an amazing ride.  We got really good at being individuals, and in the process, we’ve evolved culture and technology to extraordinary levels of complexity and capacity.  Now, the requirements of our earth and the expansion of consciousness are spiraling us upwards into the truth of our interconnectivity.

Some like to say say, “we is the new me.”  I like to say that now is the time for a softer, stronger me and a more interwoven and mutually engaged we.  It’s time to be and dance as people who can co-create a beautiful world.

This is why dance is the next yoga.

Yoga brings us home to our bodies, our essential energy and our connection to source consciousness.  It’s a self-focused way of practice that opens people to the fullness of what we really are and can be.

Dance takes our spirituality off the mat and into community.

Dance brings us fully into life – into relationship, onto the earth, and into the chaotic unfoldment of engaged purpose as the place where real freedom happens.

Spiritual liberation without the encouragement and the support to bring it into life is meaningless freedom.

The difference is community.

When we’re in it together, we get freedom in relationship:  freedom to grow, freedom to see and be seen, freedom to co-create, freedom to give and receive, freedom to fall down, freedom to fly.

This is the kind of freedom that can change the world.

<3

Do you resonate?

 

~Samantha Sweetwater

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Last Updated on Monday, 14 December 2015 04:54

Re-posted from Samantha Sweetwater’s blog:

Some thoughts on information overload and the path of non-violence.

Lately, I’ve been present to how information overwhelm is a subtle form of violence – a stressor on the nervous system that prevents me from actually embodying peace.

Have you noticed the way your body feels when you are working to take in all the information coming at you – to answer the phone, the SMS’s, the Skype, the IM’s, to read all the emails, to stay up to date on the latest breakthroughs, to track the emotions of your friends and partners, to maintain political participation, etc, etc, etc…???

There is a subtle and very important distinction between working in a curious and disciplined way to expand your capacity to assimilate new information, connections and experiences, and the place where it becomes an overwhelm to your system and thus inhibits optimal presence, assimilation, integration and action.

PEACE means navigating a healthy boundary between expanding your capacity and weeding your garden.  It means breathing into the more to find flow.

Elegant, implicate presence and action arise in the space of “nothing extra” – a less-is-more simplicity that includes the full spectrum – from extreme momentum to doing nothing.  This supports an inner experience of non-violence that cannot arise from over-pushing; it can only arise in flow.  Listening for and acting from the “nothing extra” supports you to navigate this this post-2012, post-information, neo-time era, when the fields of time, space and information are nearing singularity, in a graceful way.  It supports you to BE the zero point in action and in essence.

Questions: 

  • How can you ground your nervous system in the context of immense amounts of information while staying open, alert and curious to new and important information and patterns?
  • How can pattern recognition create a filter for information?
  • How can you be ok with what you can’t attend to while vibrantly offering your presence and attention to what you can?
  • How are expansion and containment related?
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 February 2013 04:51

Okay… so, I live inside a YES culture. 

And, I love it.  I am ALL ABOUT the Big Yes to love, to life, to intimacy, to more life… I’m all about the delicious bio-chemistry of embracing my life.

But, really folks, have you taken a moment lately to celebrate NO?

NO it the other side of the big YES.  Without it… we’re just a ceaseless, unbounded, amoebic blobs.  Without no, we are unable to negotiate our time, energy attention, and intimacy.  Without it, we are unable to create healthy boundaries, to make coherent choices or to be effective in our leadership.

But, we are really afraid of the no. 

We are afraid we will disappoint, upset, off-put or loose out.  We are afraid to be perceived as negative.  We are afraid that NO will inhibit the yes.

We have equated no with negative.
What if no IS profoundly positive?
What if NO is the secret ingredient in a coherent system?
What if NO is the key to living a sane and healthy human life?
What if NO is also part of the BIG YES of oneness?

WHAT IF YOUR STRONG, CLEAR, NO FREES AND SUPPORTS THE BIGNESS OF YOUR YES?

Really… if I were a cell, and I only said YES, I would soon become a cancer.

  • If I were a gardener, and I only said yes, I would only have a plot full of weeds.
  • If I were a mother and I only said yes, I would exhaust myself and my child would grow up without healthy boundaries or respect for others.
  • If I were a woman, and I only said yes, I’d be recapitulating the same dysfunctional I came here to heal this lifetime.
  • If I were a leader and I only said yes, you would walk the other way….   Wouldn’t you?

I am here today to firmly and lovingly, joyfully and lightly, embrace NO.  Sometimes it takes a BIG NO to create an even bigger YES.

Originally posted on: Samantha Sweetwater’s Blog

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 February 2013 04:52

“YOU HAVE TO DO IT BY YOURSELF. YOU CAN NOT DO IT ALONE.” -Thich Nhat Hanh

We embody mind. Essentially, we ARE awareness in Action. Our energies move inward and outward through the vehicle of the body. In terms of meditative awareness and the experience of stillness, it is not so important whether our physical bodies are still or moving. Rather, what matters is where we rest our minds. Dharma dance and other movement meditation forms train our focus on the moving truth of Stillness. In placing awareness, feeling and sensation completely in what we are doing, we learn that doing and stillness are not separate. In DANCING this awareness, we are honing the creative principle of being-ness, inviting active meditative awareness, skillfulness and surrender in a graceful flow with our lives.

The Buddha described all existence as a simultaneous, interconnected sea of subjectivity: Dependent Co-arising. Nothing exists without its dependent parts. The tree is in the forest because of the earth beneath it, the sun shining on it, the air around it. The leaves are its children. Without the leaves, there would be no trunk, no sap, no bark. Nothing exists distinct from existence. In this same way, action and perception are always simultaneously interwoven. And now, what the masters knew, the phenomenologists, quantum physicists and cosmologists confirm: Creation is The Mind of God. Dharma Dance is a grounded and complete experiential entry into the truth of Dependent Co-arising. As we dance with a partner, we are both leader and follower and neither, we are wound into the seamlessness of the creative flow. We drop in to the place where we are neither seeking nor grasping for the dance, for any particular thing to happen. Instead, we enter a state of being-ness where impulse is in effortless continuum with action and sensation. Dependent co-arising describes effortless action as well as effortless awareness. No doing is required, only the drop into the seamlessness of sensation and the willingness to remain in the now.

This dance is spontaneous creation, a jazz. All great jazz comes out of skillful relationship to change. This is true yoga: effortless presence in action. We cannot change the nature of change, but we can choose the way we relate to it. Discernment and Surrender in appropriate portions are the substrate of Grace. Dharma Dance invites conscious play with the interconnected fabric of the alive world. Deepening skillfulness and availability to change, we explore the technologies of being human in nature. To dance the dharma is to widen the bridge of Grace. The practice invites integration between how we experience being-ness, stillness, spirit and how we meet, experience and respond to life in every moment.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 1 November 2012 03:36