"Be who you were created to be, and you will set the world on fire."
-St. Catherine of Sienna
Amongst the chaos there is calm and only you can make the decision to access it.
As beings on the planet we are constantly surrounded by stimuli from a full array of multiple sources of information. From cell phones, to relationships with others, changes in the weather, textures of clothing, scents, light, or just the thoughts of the mind, we are bombarded by information directly impacting our nervous system. Our bodies, minds and emotions are inherently programmed to be able to achieve levels of homeostasis amongst exterior and interior stressors once we have adapted to them. Adaptation is specific to an individual’s need and desire to create pleasure in whatever and environment may have to offer. This is what the body ultimately seeks and strives for in every moment. The body asks, how can I make this a more comfortable experience.
I recall my initial arrival in New York City and the clanging, honking, yelling, the coating of city grime and car exhaust, the sea of people at the intersections and the blinking, flashing colors, lights and tall buildings of population stimulation. Coming from Waimea with it’s open pastures, broad mountains, clear skies, and wide waters this was a bit of a blow to my system. I was fearful of the surroundings. They terrified me. Not necessarily in my mind, but in my body. My body panicked, my breathing was shallow, heart raced faster, my feet brushed the ground and had not yet landed to set roots. After about one week I began to notice my body settling into the sea of stimuli. Eventually New York became my home, my comfort zone and my inherent rhythm for many years. I adapted and my body discovered the joy through seeking pleasure and making the changes necessary to land and settle.
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With Megan MacArthur and Kevin VerEecke:
October 18-20 (Friday to Sunday) a 2-night Residential Workshop
Spend a full weekend deep diving into this ecstatic experience of Joy and Nia, journey into the unknown through music, beat, breath, movement, mind, and the ultimate magical blend of our unique spirits. Based in the Joy of the Nia practice we will dance into uncharted spaces accessing, new levels of possibilities in body, mind, emotions and spirit. Bring clothing and foot protection for out-of-doors experiences as well as indoor barefoot and sweaty hours of bliss. Please bring a journal and something sacred to you (that fits in your suitcase).