Saturday, April 19, 2014
This week I had my fourth private dance lesson. As some of my friends may have noticed, my status reflected a down mood. I have managed to move out of my mini-depressed state....but that would be the topic for another blog. This one is a summary of the content of my fourth private dance lesson.
I went to the lesson feeling rather bothered because I was still sore from all the extra yard work. Also, due to quite a few demands on my time, body, and emotions, I had not practiced very much. But, I had set up the lesson and decided to go. I decided to dance from the heart, do the best I could, and try not to worry about my legs aching. I also came prepared to have a discussion with the teacher regarding my future dancing. I am making quite a bit of progress due to her help. The only problem is, line dance is a group experience and there are no other dance groups going locally that are dancing the way I want to line dance
(add hand and body movement, styling, artistry, technique).....at least not to the degree that I want to. (The nearest place would be about a 3 hour drive). The ladies that I teach weekly do not want to dance like that; they are mainly looking for exercise and socialization with a little bit of fun thrown in.
So.....I discussed with my teacher.....where do I fit in? Where do I go from here?
After a lot of discussion, she said that she had female ballroom dance students that were without matching partners and they might wish to start line dancing. She suggested that I could teach line dance to those ladies and they might really enjoy this! This would allow them to work on and improve their technique. Wow, talk about flattered. I told my teacher that I would ask that she be there and correct anything that I was doing that was not in line with good technique/artistry/expression. She said that she hadn't seen anything and yes, she was being honest. Wow, again flattered.....she has seen a lot of dance and knows what she's looking at. I am giving this offer quite a bit of thought.
Navigating the Path of the Soul:
Follow unique, individual path
Pay close attention along the way
Make discernment of the "me" from the "not me"
Listen to the artistic voice within
Allow creative ideas to come into thinking and experiment with those concepts
Let deeper feelings and gut tell the truth
Seek out, design, create, defining situations & moments
Be vigilant for instructional moments the universe provides
Monday, March 31, 2014
From the song, "You Can't Make a Heart Love Somebody"
"You can't make a heart love somebody.
You can tell it what to do, but it won't listen at all.
You can't make a heart love somebody.
You can lead a heart to love, but you can't make it fall."
I've been feeling empty and yes, unloved lately. But, as somewhat of a contradiction, I've really been feeling a strong need to spend a lot of time alone.
I have hoped for some kind of affectionate response from my husband at some points...but not much has been reciprocated. He is very preoccupied with his own interests. I've also felt a certain rejection from friends and family. But, a big part of that is OK since I have an overwhelming need for a sense of freedom and space. I seem to have an unending need to be left alone.
The rejection or coolness from others, including my husband, is something now I am accepting. I can't make someone love me. There is a whole scenario to this song that I quoted above that is quite touching. I can wish and I can hope, but if they don't really have a sense of affection or enthusiasm about me, then .... so be it. I can be OK. I can't make them and they can't make themselves, even if they want to.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Last week I had my third private dance lesson. I danced each dance several times and the teacher made comments and offered suggestions. The teacher's general comment was that I was "progressing beautifully." Wow. That did make me feel good
So next time I intend to do the same four dances that I picked out and try to improve on them even more.
I am also working on dances for the weekly lessons that I give my friends. They enjoyed doing the dance "Irish Stew" to Pitbull's song, "Timber". We also did the dance "Riding the Waves" (normally we do it to "Pontoon") to "Boys 'Round Here" by Blake Shelton. Also, worked up the dance, "Reggae II" but made enough modifications that I have renamed it "Blurred Reggae" because we do it to "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke.
The thing that I have been noticing with all this dancing is that my lower legs are really feeling it. Since I have done Leslie Sansone walking tapes (do 5 miles per session) for over a year now and normally feel no problem, I was a little surprised. But then I realized, it was the footwear. I wear running shoes when I do the walking tapes. When I do the line dance in my living room (hardwood floor) and at the ballroom studio, I dance in my socks, so I can slide. So, I guess my lower legs are getting a lot more of a work-out. When I dance with my friends in the garage, I wear cowboy boots, so that's another difference.
I am working on what I feel is a complete dance/fitness program. I think that I have not been doing enough to achieve what I want to. So, I am looking through all my DVD's and the work-outs that have worked for me in the past. Right now the plan includes daily stretching, strength training 2X week, some sort of ballet (Balletone) or whole body work-out (Classical Stretch) daily, and daily cardio for at least an hour (either line dancing continuously or Leslie Sansone walking DVD). . This does not include practice sessions where I am learning new dances and working on steps.,,,,or studying youtube or line dance step sheets or listening to music or down-loading and recording dance CD's. I will have 2 rest days a week, but try to keep moving on those days...like shop, clean, other projects.
Yes, there is a lot of time and effort involved here. But I am mostly retired. It does involve choices of how I spend my time. It involves prioritizing my efforts and focus. I think I can do it. I am viewing it as my mission, my passion, my purpose.
Friday, March 21, 2014
No matter how much water is in the glass, it's really always full!
Air will always make up the difference to fill your glass, and there is an infinite supply.
Air is not the absence of substance. It is a different kind of substance with properties invisible to our eyes. But it is always there, everywhere.
The power of air in every breath we take.
The power of air supporting the soaring eagle.
The power of air supporting the heavy airplane.
The power of air in the gentle breeze and the powerful storm.
No need to have an image of a glass empty or half-full.
The image we can hold is of infinite, constant "fullness"
The glass is always full!
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