Fall Equinox and Gateways to Freedom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Equinox

Gateways To Freedom ~ 7 Years

Perhaps, like the natural cycles of the Earth and our Universe, everything has it’s timing. In my life, as I have opened to this, I have been much more friendly and relaxed with myself; not beating myself up for not pursuing or fulfilling this or that passion or goal. Please don’t get me wrong. I am not going to let life pass me by waiting for the heavens to open up and to be showered with golden light to know that this is the time – that this is the time to really engage my life force energy in pursuit of my dreams. Rather, in a more relaxed way, I choose to recognize that everything has it’s right timing. 

Perhaps, just as our body knows when to breathe, our inner knows when to act…

Inner Rhythm 7th Year!

Before it was birthed into an actual offering to community, I held Inner Rhythm in my heart for 10 years, as an idea, as a passionate seed longing to break free from it’s shell made of the energies of gestation, of maturing, of soul-need, and of fear. Dance is my life. Dance gives me life. I was so afraid to bring something so intimate to my soul out into the world. Eventually, the pain of not bringing it out became bigger than the fear. 

In July of 2010, I walked into the Santa Cruz Chi Center, our first home, and booked a date to start- it would be a Thursday, the Fall Equinox. Seemed like a good day to start. 

I had spent a lot of those 10 years beating myself up and judging myself harshly for not starting. This was a deeply painful process. And sometime in that first year, I realized that I was actually not ready. I realized I was not ready because I had not had a mature enough relationship with my own ego to be able to hold a container in a high integrity way. I was not perfect. I’m not perfect now. I am learning a lot. In my life now, there is this thing. This thing that calls me. This thing that invites; and demands that I continue to source deeply, feel fully, show up vulnerably, and dance myself into the best person I can be.

Love all around,
~Hamid

If you could express yourself fully authentically, with total freedom, what would that look like? On the dance floor, and in the daily dance?

We will have a collaborative altar and everyone is invited to bring a sacred item to adorn it – perhaps something that signifies the importance of dance in your life. We will also have candles to light, to hold the light, for our intentions and prayers as we enter into the darker part of the year.

Join us

Connection

 

Inner Rhythm, Sept 14th, 2017

Connection

We are hard wired for connection. How can attuning to our own inner rhythm feed connections in our lives?  In the dance, are we willing to connect with our inner selves, our practice, our community, and a greater creative force that moves us all?

Inner Rhythm is hosted and Dj’d by my dear friend Sarah Mackota this week.

From Interiority To Conversation And Back

 

 Inner Rhythm, Sept 7th, 2017

“From Interiority To Conversation And Back”

As I was walking up Waddell Canyon on the North coast of Santa Cruz, away from the noisy, busy Highway 1 Labor Day weekend scene, I began to feel greeted and really welcomed by the natural beauty around me. I paused at the wetlands, and as the breeze made music through the tule and cattails, I received the invitation into my own breath, and into my own center. Still aware of the highway noise, I wondered how far, how deep into the canyon I would have to go to immerse myself in the quietude I was longing for. As I descended the other side of a gentle rise in the trail, I felt and heard the machine noise fall away and was greeted by the sound of a gurgling spring, the breeze in the trees, and again, my own breath. I was reminded of one of my favorite poems.

“… but this time alone 

the invisible line

where

you could mark exactly 

when you began to hear 

the sounds of the road 

and the machines of the blank

cries of everyday commerce,

so that for a moment you could 

retrace that one single step 

back into the Glen 

and immerse yourself 

instantly 

in the quiet 

source of revelation 

you had felt 

only a moment before, 

as if underwater, 

as if slipping back 

into the river 

of silence running between 

the tree-lined walls 

and then you could practice 

leaving and 

returning in your own body, 

through your own breath, 

inward and outward, 

descending and 

entering and reentering the silence 

and shelter of your own 

narrow valley of aloneness, 

from interiority 

to conversation 

and back…”

Sligo Glen: Walking Out Of Silence

by David Whyte

Allowing

 Inner Rhythm, Aug 17th, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What might we be carrying inside us that wants to be acknowledged, felt, explored, expressed, witnessed, perhaps just simply allowed, without judgement? What creative resource may be longing to be tapped, or liberated, within the feelings we might tend to deny or push away?

Ariel’s Ecstatic Debut

I’ve known Ariel Churchill for about two decades and is a Santa Cruz local –  she’s always been into the arts and has found herself creating through music, dance, & other expressive arts. She brings a calm, solid and heartfelt energy and I’m excited to have her craft a musical journey for us on August 26th at the Pacific Cultural Center.

I asked Ariel to share what dance means to her, read her response below and check her out on Soundcloud.

“Dance for me has always been one of the most powerful tools I have for self-expression and release. Dance is a way to wring out my body of all that I have absorbed and want to let go of, or conversely it can be a way to really go deep into aspects of myself that I want to honor and emphasize. Dance can be the deepest therapy and simultaneously the most lighthearted play. Whenever I dance I am showing up for myself and this life in celebration of who and what I am. Movement is what we were built for, movement is freedom.”

 

Dance with us on August 26th! Find out more info on FB or Eventbrite.

Grounded. Rooted to Fly

Inner Rhythm, Aug 10th, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What does getting grounded mean for you? How do you get there? Does it support your physical/mental/emotional/spiritual experience?

Last night when I went to dance, I found myself so in my head, not grounded in my body, not even in the room. Remembering that my heart meridian runs down my arms to the palms of my hands, I knelt on one knee, put both palms on the floor, breathed deeply, and felt my heart roots extending into the earth.

I am an earth child.

I was born here.

I reconnected with the powerful force that I come from.

Rooted to fly.

On Prayer & Pleasure

 

Inner Rhythm ~ October 16th, 2014

 

“…For what is pyayer but the expansion of yourself into the living ether?

And if it is for your comfort to pour your darkness into space, it is also for your delight to pour forth the dawning of your heart.

…When you pray you rise to meet in the air those who are praying at that very hour, and whom save in prayer you may not meet…”

“…Even your body knows its heritage and its rightful need and will not be deceived.

And your body is the harp of your soul, and it is yours to bring forth sweet music from it or confused sounds…”

~ KAHLIL GIBRAN

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