Category: Dance

The Holy Realm Of Passion

“Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news.
The good news is that you don’t know how great you
can be! How much you can love! What you can
accomplish! And what your potential is!”
 
— Anne Frank
 
 
“If we did all the things we are capable of doing,
we would literally astound ourselves.”
 
— Thomas A Edison
 
 
 
 
[Classic post from 1-25-11]
 
The other night I watched an older VHS that I had in my eBay store called Calle 54. It is a documentary from 2000 showing Latin Jazz players and groups from all over the globe. It is nothing short of amazing to watch these players play their instruments. It is especially interesting as a musician myself to watch people who really know how to play do something that seems so far away from what I do that it is as if I don’t play at all. I am in awe watching them, and in joy as well.
 
It made me think a bit about the question of how good can we get at something. The right answer is probably, who knows? Limits are always being expanded–and indeed, it seems that they are meant to be expanded.
 
This one aspect I think I’ve figured out about this, and that is that it is not desire that can achieve these levels as much as a love of doing a thing. It is beyond desire, and in the holy realm of passion!
 
 
Perfection Is An Elusive Thing, Though Many People Do Flirt With It Regularly.
 
Spread Some Joy Today–watching someone else sharing their passion is very satisfying and encouraging.

It Is Impossible To Fail At Life

“One of the best things
that I have learned about life
is that it is impossible to fail at it.
Whatever life we are living,
that is a successful living.”

— Terry Minion

Some live to be over 100, but not many in comparison. Some live very short lives in comparison, and most of us are somewhere in between. It doesn't matter. It's all living. Heredity, schlemedity, malady, melody, 220 or 221–whatever. What it is, it is. What it can be, it will be, as the choice to change in any direction is available to us all.

We get to feel good or not by our own design. We get to wallow in mud or ski barefoot across the glassy lake. We can give and we receive. We can share and we can hide. We can speak and we can listen. We can think and we can write. We can delight and we can scowl. We can hold grudges, and we can release resistance. We can accept responsibility or we can lay it elsewhere.

Whether we accept our choices and our own design, or whether we say that it is all happening to us from the outside without our permission, it is what it is. It is living. It is life. Whether we believe that we can change it at will, or remain a victim with no hope of parole, it is what it is, and it is living. It is life. It is our life. And, it is a successful life. We cannot fail. Even in death, we cannot fail. Is this all there is? We can believe this is or there is more. Either way, it is what it is. We can have one dimension or many dimensions. We can have one side or many sides. We can await a life in Heaven, or Heaven can live every day in us. And, it is all, and in all, successful.

Life is. I am. We are. It is what it is. We are powerful creators! 

In Joying Today, Right Now

“Nothing is worth more than this day.” 
 
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 
 

[Classic post from 5-13-16]

Not yesterday. Not tomorrow. Not plans. Not regrets. Nothing is worth more than this day. This day is all there is. Where we are living with this attitude toward time, we are living in the present. The present is all there is. The past and the future are merely illusions, fantasies, memories, projections. Now–the present is all there is, so if you're alive, then nothing–no thing–is worth more than this day.

I Hope And Pray That You Enjoy It To Its Fullest. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by being here. Now.

Do A Little Dance. Make A Little Love.

“Out of the recognition 
of who we really are 
comes the desire to seek 
that which is uplifting.” 
 
— David R. Hawkins 
 

[Classic post from 5-1-16]

Continuing David's quote above from his wonderful book, Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender, “Out of it arises a new meaning and context for life. When that inner emptiness, due to lack of self-worth, is replaced by true self-love, self-respect and esteem, we no longer have to seek it in the world.” 

Though this may well be where we want to be–in perfect acceptance of ourselves, and consequently of those around us, seeking that which is uplifting in the fullness of who we really are–we may be making excellent progress on this journey and yet sometimes feel like it's not happening, or that it's not happening quickly enough.

David adds, “To keep track of progress, many people keep a chart of their gains. This helps to overcome the resistance that usually takes the form, “This isn't working.” It is common for people who have made enormous gains to claim, “It just isn't working.” We have to remind ourselves sometimes what we were like before we started this process.” 

I sometimes have felt, “so near, yet so far,” and then I realize (remember) that the best part of life is not any sort of destination, but the journey itself. I have arrived at so many destinations only to find that before even arriving, I've already created a new destination. Without desire, there is no life–or certainly, no need for life in this form. It is contrast around us causing our desires and then moving toward them in some way that is life-giving.

We all need encouragement. We love it when others encourage us, but I think what is even more important is being encouraging to ourselves. Celebrating success. Celebrating progress. Celebrating positive change. Celebrating life. It is certainly one aspect of “true self-love, self-respect and esteem.”

So, wherever you are on your journey, take a bit of time and energy to celebrate the distance you've traveled, the hills you've climbed, the progress you've made from where you were at one time to where you are right now. Though the journey still stretches out in front of all of us, it's encouraging to periodically look in the rearview mirror.

Do A Little Dance. Make A Little Love. Get Down Tonight! 

Spread Some Joy Today–because YOU deserve it.

More Knowledge Expands The Mystery

“As we acquire more knowledge, 
things do not become more comprehensible, 
but more mysterious.”
 
— Albert Schweitzer 
 

[Classic post from 3-6-16]

Oh, how I have found this great quote to be true! Things that I used to take for granted, which was pretty much everything that I would see or hear or smell or touch, now so often simply amaze me.

I have learned so much from so many hundreds of books, audio, and video programs, and yet, this often demonstrates to me how little I know in that way, and at the same time, how much I know within myself that I only find in bits and pieces.

I find myself looking at the sky a lot. I am amazed at the display even when it is all one big expanse of blue, and enjoy it when the blue is intermixed with every kind of cloud, and even when it is gray and comes with lightning, thunder, rain, and other types of storming. It is alive and constantly changing.

The new growth on the plants, birds chasing each other, taking baths, pecking the ground, picking off berries from bushes and trees, taking a break from eating to sit together in a bush and chat away loudly while I relish the beautiful noise. It's a few days away from the official announcement of Spring and this year it seems to have started a month ago.

John Burroughs joins me saying it this way: “To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple life.”

To me, it is even more elaborate. I find so much to feel joy from as I look around me now. I find almost nothing to not be in joy about. I find so much to realize that I am amazed at and in awe of, and almost nothing that is not in that place.

What started some years back as a thankful thought became a grateful heart, and what began then as simple praise became awe and wonder. I am still learning, and yet the more I seem to learn, the more wonder I see around me. The more I praise God or the Universe for all of this, and my own awareness of it, the more I see God everywhere I look–including in the mirror, as I am part of the awe. Albert Schweitzer says, “He who does not reflect his life back to God in gratitude does not know himself.”

“As We Understand Life In Ourselves, We Want To Understand Life In The Universe, In Order To Enter Into Harmony With It.” — Albert Schweitzer 

Spread Some Joy Today–by recognizing the joy that is already in and around you.

Life-Changing Events Are Often Subtle

“An eye is meant to see things. 
The soul is here for its own joy.” 
 
— Rumi 
 

[Classic post from 3-21-16]

Progress is not always obvious. You know how you see a child and then don't see them again until a year later, or maybe two? That progress is entirely obvious. But, when we're living in ourselves, changes often seem more subtle, until one day, something strikes you and you are amazed at the change within that you weren't noticing before. That happened to me again yesterday.

A light rain came for part of the day, and as it began, the sound was so refreshing and I got up from my desk and went out under the carport and watched the rain falling into the birdbath, and dancing on the glistening leaves. I was in awe of it. I was totally present and I felt so at peace and so loved and so good. I stood there for quite some time and was absorbing as much of it as I could without thinking. 

Normally, I'm thinking very quickly about things. Even though I am noticing the feeling of the rain, and enjoying it, and appreciating it, I would be thinking too. This time, I didn't start thinking until I stopped being present in the rain. The difference was huge. It was then that I realized that I had grown like the child being away for a couple of years.

As I thought about that, I noticed too that I am laughing a lot. In fact, I'm laughing so many times throughout the day simply enjoying funny things, parts of movies, something on Facebook or YouTube, or in the newspaper. My appreciation for things around me has grown as well. I guess I might describe it as joy. Many times as I'm thinking about something I find that I have a huge smile on my face, but it is as though I am smiling from the inside out, sort of like my whole body is smiling. It's an interesting feeling–fascinating, really.

I remember Abraham, Esther Hicks saying that the levels of joy are endless. The happier I get, the happier I get. I'm amazed by it. I'm enjoying it. Even as I do my best to share that, I can only hope that it comes across the way it feels.

So here's hope for everyone. The more you find to be happy about, the more you find to laugh about, enjoy, appreciate, be in awe over, be amazed at, the more of that is attracted to you. I'm living proof.

Allow Your Enjoyment To Find More Expression. Be Amazed. 

Spread Some Joy Today–because after a while, you just can't help yourself.

A Day Of Silence Can Be…

Silence

A day of Silence
Can be a pilgrimage in itself.

A day of Silence
Can help you listen
To the Soul play
It's marvelous lute and drum.

Is not most talking
A crazed defense of a crumbling fort?

I thought we came here
To surrender in Silence,

To yield to Light and Happiness,

To Dance within
In celebration of Love's Victory!

— Hafiz
Transl. by Daniel Ladinsky

Happy Before Having A Reason

Forever Dance

I am happy even before I have a reason.

I am full of Light even before the sky
Can greet the sun or the moon.

Dear companions,
We have been in love with God
For so very, very long.

What can Hafiz now do but Forever
Dance!

— Hafiz
Transl. by Daniel Ladinsky

Same Old, Same Old? No Way!

“Your living is determined 
not so much by what life brings to you 
as by the attitude you bring to life; 
not so much by what happens to you 
as by the way your mind looks at what happens.” 
 
— Khalil Gibran 
 
 

[Classic post from 2-17-16]

I don't know about your area of the country or the world, but around here, and for some years now, the grocery stores, banks, and other businesses that we may go to often are trying hard to develop a relationship with us as customers, not by actually developing a relationship, but by asking insincere questions. Some of them are, “so what are your plans for the rest of the day?” at the grocery store, “how was your weekend?” at the bank, and other such dribble. It's as if we really have the time to answer those sincerely and to get into a conversation and exchange something of value. I just want to slap the manager who went to the seminar where they said this was a good thing to do and then came back and gave it out as a task to the people on the front line. Complete silliness.

Yesterday I went to the bank and one girl had been on vacation for a couple of weeks, and I said, “welcome back! I hope you had a great time!” So she says, “Thank you, I did.” Then she said, “has anything exciting been going on with you?” I didn't know how to answer that question because I don't think she would understand, so I said, “Not really.” Then she said, “just same old, same old, huh?” I said, “No. Have you seen the sky today?” And we were done.

The truth for me is that every minute of every day I have been experiencing life as if I was free to enjoy it all in a special way. I'm in awe of the sky some days. Yesterday was one of those days. It was the most magnificent display of wispy, curly, high white clouds against a blue background. The air was moving slowly. The temperature was like an early Spring. My pace was leisurely. I was enjoying everything around me including traffic with all sorts of people driving all manner of moving vehicles, going wherever they were going. I was thankful that I had money to deposit, and money to withdraw, I enjoyed watching Charlie on the seat sticking his head out of the window smelling the air, then later having him take me for a short walk.

My step-daughter, whom I haven't seen in two years, came to stay for a little over a week. She whipped my place into shape, adding new plants, doing many chores around the place all because she wanted to. I was fine with the way it was, but I was also fine with the way she put things in their place, added a woman's touch long missing from this place, teaching me how to grind coffee correctly with my coffee grinder. I thought I knew how, but I was in an illusion of skill. She had just left yesterday morning, so I was enjoying looking around at all that demonstrated she had passed through.

We got a new client that took many months to come about and my business partner was doing the first interview to get their service going. I was appreciating him and all that he brings to our business. In fact, it really is his business now.

Though we would love to have more rain, the weather for the last week has been in the mid-seventies to the low eighties. Everything is green because we did receive a good deal of rain in the last couple of months. It feels like a rebirth. Hearing lawn mowers going, weed whackers whacking, is an indication of growth. One day last week I didn't go anywhere and pretty much didn't do anything except be home with windows and doors open and just soak in the delight of the weather, the sunny skies, the birds chirping, and so much more. 

Has anything exciting been going on with me? Abso-fricken-lutely! And I gave you the short version. Same old, same old? Absolutely not. Everything was new, different, delightful, and I was in joy the entire time. Small talk is small. Stupid questions are stupid. If we are really interested in connecting with each other, let us ask better questions, and leave space for the real answer, or leave them out entirely.

Anything Exciting Going On? How About Being In Awe Every Single Day! 

Spread Some Joy Today–I will as soon as I find it. Hmmm. Where is that joy? I know it is around here somewhere. . . Oh! There it is! It's inside. Right where I left it.

Freedom Is A Choice, Not A Demand

“When I had nothing to lose, 
I had everything.” 
 
— Paulo Coelho 
 
[Classic post from 2-13-16]
 
Tony Robbins has often said that there are only two motivations in the world: Desire for gain, and fear of loss. And it has also often been revealed that the stronger motivation of these two by far is fear of loss.

Here's a good question to answer truthfully: What are we afraid to lose? Maybe even make a list. Those are the things that dictate where we are and what we do and what we are willing to do and what we are not willing to do.

To some, it might be losing their job. For others, the divorce of a spouse or losing a family member, savings evaporating, stock market crash, and, well, this list could go on to infinity.

Here's another good question to consider: What if we feared nothing? What if we decided that it would be okay with or without–to be unattached to anything?

Paulo Coelho says that when we are unattached–more commonly stated, having nothing to lose, we are free.

When I think about the things, responsibilities, commitments, and other attachments, I can easily see how freeing it would be to be, as is commonly stated, out from under them. Though we might feel they are necessary, we may also feel them as a burden we must carry. It is not so much a physical burden as it is a mental burden. It's not the things or the responsibilities, commitments, and other attachments, it is the way we feel about them. They can have so much weight that they break us down, or they can be light as a feather.

It comes down to how attached we are. If we allow ourselves to let go of the aspect of the attachment, we can be free in our current life and current situation. We don't have to be attached to these things. We can still enjoy them, but we don't have to own them. Though many might be looking forward to a place called retirement or something like that to escape from the burdens of their attachments, we need not wait for anything. Just release the attachments now.

How about this? It is what it is for as long or short as it is and I am okay with all of that. I choose to enjoy my time and my interactions with people, places, and things. I choose to worry no more–to fear no more. I choose to love myself by releasing these attachments so that I may love more. In the process, all those around me are also benefited.

Freedom Is Not Something that Is Won. It Is Chosen By Releasing Our Attachment To Fear. Real Freedom Is The Absence Of Fear. — Albert K. Strong

Spread Some Joy Today–by allowing your joy to flow. Only you can choose that.

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