My Summer Reflections: July 2019
After a brilliantly sunny June, early July brought rains to cleanse and protect us from the later summer’s heat. My young cats, Mira and Rumi, have entered the outdoor world and are tasting all the delights their little body/spirits can absorb. Through them I have become more attuned to the infinite miracles of life and love.
The first image shows Rumi looking out through lush foliage with alert, eager readiness. He is drinking it ALL in on sensual levels we cannot even imagine. I see his steady gaze and my heart opens! I am called to join him and explore the world with such eager, fascinated curiosity.
The next image is of Mira, named after Mirabai, the ecstatic Hindu poet and saint. She likes to be on higher levels and has appropriated the bird bath. Sometimes I find it hard to believe she is a cat.
Rumi, the beloved Sufi mystic, and Mirabai, taught much about Love and Life. Rumi and Mira, my beloved cats, do the same.
I am now learning much about the power of Love and the force of Life as I must be treated for throat cancer. The prognosis is good and I will be fine and back to work in late October. I am surrounded by my beloved community, including my family, and guided by a legion of healers at the BC Cancer Agency who have all devoted their lives to love. It is all palpable!
I am very, very grateful for all good wishes and energy you are inspired to send my way. Because my system is sensitive, I ask that you focus these on this Buddha, who sits on my living room window sill and will spread them into my home, with the love totally intact.
May your summer be one filled with teachers like these as you travel each day of mystery and delight – each day of Love, Harmony and Beauty.
With Love to you,
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In this introduction participants will learn the form of Authentic Movement. They will explore the roles of mover and witness to gain a deeper understanding and acceptance of their embodied experience in all areas of their lives.
Authentic Movement and Performance
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Moving with Spirit: Ecstatic Body Postures and Authentic Movement
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