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Why am I offering The Sensation of Hearing?????

After months of incubating this piece, after weeks of defining, refining and seeking concreteness that would slip elusively through my fingers each time I sensed a touch.

As we lose Gabrielle Roth, in corporeal form, I finally feel a sense of connection to this piece.


Through sound and music to:


those around us,

our community,

the world.

Music reminds us to feel.

How does this sound make me feel?

What is the voice expressing?

What does the artist want me to hear?

In the lyrics (if there are lyrics)?

Instruments that were chosen?

Timbre of the sounds?


Is it a celebration?

Can I celebrate?

Does it grieve?

Can I grieve?

I move.

How does all of that help me create movement?

 How does it help me to sort myself?

How will this experience open me up, without force and violence, but with tender fingers? Invite me to become more accessible? For myself first. Within myself, where I create a safe place to feel.  Accessible so that I may participate more fully in every moment by feeling more deeply now that I have established safety in myself?

In that safety I know what is mine to own, to move through and to release. Sound lovingly reminds me to feel and move on and I know that I cannot move on if I have not allowed myself to feel. I will not heal if I don’t spend time. I’m not healed if I’m not functional, no matter what I tell myself. My dance knows this. My body’s response to the music speaks. Clearly if I am willing to hear. Others may feel sorry for me. I may feel sorry for myself. I may convince myself that what I’m doing is ok – but my dance knows.

Through sound…

Ofcourse, I won’t communicate much if any of this in the workshop. First, it’s a deeply personal experience. Second, this is not a therapy session and I’m not a therapist. Some will discover this whether I make it a point or not. Some will refuse to discover it. I will only bring the opportunity to uncover something new.

Through music.

Heart Dance – Today Is A Good Day To Dance

Wanna save the planet?

If you know me, you had to know this was coming!

Wanna save the planet?

Then dance!

People are starving everywhere. A minority of people own the majority of the world’s assets. Discrimination, prejudice and political irresponsibility are rampant. And that’s not all of it.                                                                                                                So I’m asking you to dance (I’ll define ‘dance’ towards the end).

Dance alone. Dance with your pets. Dance with your kids (if you’ve got babies and toddlers they will LOVE it!). Dance with your heartthrob, your partner, your spouse, the love of your life. Dance with your neighbors. Gather your friends and co-workers and dance every week. Don’t have a group, find a group to dance with.

Not just any Dance. Dance your heart.

As you begin to dance, bring into your heart and mind Compassion, Gratitude and Appreciation. If you’re having a really nasty day and those words are not getting you anywhere – think of bunnies (thank you Gregg Braden!).

Stay with it. Hang on to the feelings and sensations that come with those words or the bunny!

If you’re dancing in a group, become aware of how it feels to dance in the room with Compassion, Gratitude and Appreciation ( and/or the bunny, ofcourse). Share this focus with the others in the group, give it a few minutes to gather and feel what happens. Keep it going for as long as you can.

If you’re dancing on your own, keep doing it. Stay connected to those feelings and sensations and know that they are radiating out into the world. Nurture your own dance with it, keep feeding your Heart Dance.

Can I save the planet dancing by myself? Unlikely, although the feelings that arise from this practice may very well change the lives of those around me and that’s a lovely start. Just like any other big project, big goal or deep desire, it’s made up of smaller pieces. If everyone takes a piece (only what is manageable), change happens.

What do I mean by “Dance”?

Your Heart Dance is what you love to do more than almost anything else in the world.

Your Heart Dance may be going out for a run, meditation (anyway you do it), a yoga practice, rock climbing, writing music, playing music, rocking your child to sleep, traditional or non traditional dance, song, teaching, volunteering. If you’re not sure what that is, start with the mini meditation of Compassion, Gratitude and Appreciation and let that be your guide .

Whatever it is you do, combined with Compassion, Gratitude and Appreciation, will change your environment and the environment around you. It will touch everyone who comes into any sort of contact with you. You become the embodiment of Compassion, Gratitude and Appreciation.

Let’s save the planet.

Dance with me today.