Finding Your Own Rhythm

September 11, 2012
The drum beat played. The music echoed around me. And with my eyes closed, I felt each muscle in my body respond to the rhythm. Slowly movement erupted out of me - spontaneous, free. Every muscle contracting to the beat, moving to the rhythm.  As I swayed and twirled I became lost in the space, in sound, in time. I felt free.

I believe that trance dancing is more than just swaying to the beat... or figuring out the steps to a new dance. It's an organic, primordial movement that connects the dancer to the all the people who dance around the world. Dancing has been a part of man for as long as history has been recorded. It's been used in healing practices, rituals, and celebrations.  People have danced to find God, in search of solace, to express joy and to heal. Recently, though, dancing has fallen out of favor. People have lost their rhythm - and like so many people I talk to - feel embarrassed about dancing. 

I encourage you to lose your embarrassment and embrace movement... unstructured, choreographed movement. Let your body flow and move with no agenda. Become present in the movement and get lost in sound.  Proponent's of trance dance say that free-flowing movement allows you break destructive patterns, find new strength, creativity and stamina, and can aid in healing. 

I find it be energizing and freeing. After an hour of trance dance my mind clears, my body feels stretched and energized and I am able to easily fall asleep or embrace the day. So kick off your shoes - find some great drum beats - and dance.
 

Facing the Music

September 2, 2012
It started as a dare... All around the wooden bar, people swayed to the karaoke with their rear-ends firmly planted in their stools, feet on the floor. I couldn't contain my desire to unchain myself from my bar stool. I couldn't blame alcohol, as I was downing Diet Pepsi at the same rate that others chugged Michelob. I just had an overwhelming desire to move.  So, as a friend started to wow the crowd with her amazing voice, I scooted myself closer to an inebriated barfly and commanded "dance ...
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Fear and Love in Politics

September 1, 2012
"I was once asked why I don't participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I'll be there." - Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa had amazing wisdom when it came to the power of words. She knew that it is far more powerful to be in favor of something than against something.  When you attack the views or beliefs of someone else, instead of promoting your views and values you are in essence giving your adversary power.  Like any ch...

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A very smelly message from the universe

September 1, 2012
Yesterday I wrote a blog about the path to happiness. Today, all hell opened up and rained sewage on me. I had to laugh... Actually, I did laugh. I had the "very, funny universe" laugh. And then tonight it all clicked. The universe hadn't made the sewer back flow my sink and laundry room for no reason.

The raw, smelly sewage was a message. One that I had been carefully ignoring for months. When I bought this house, I feng shui-ed it. Each room represents a different aspect of my life... And th...
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Achieving Happiness

August 30, 2012
For the past few days I have been blissfully happy. The quiet kind of happy that makes people look twice at you as you walk down the street. The kind of happy that gives you a glow. It would be easy to say that I've "glowed" because everything in my life is perfect and I'm walking down easy street - but that would be a lie. Life hasn't changed that much in the last few day, I still wake to the same challenges and still have the same annoying blurbs of yuck invade my days.

What has changed is m...
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Learning to say NO

July 9, 2012
The hardest word to say is often the word we need to say the most. "No." It's a simple two letter word that many of us fail to use. It's a word that sets boundaries and rules in our lives. Yet so often, we say "yes" when our heart says "no."  And when we do actually invoke our boundary setting power word, we feel guilty. 

I am very guilty of this. I often say yes out of guilt or responsibility, but each time I do it my heart feels sick and I find myself full of regret. This regret eats at me ...
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Living Life of Adventure, One Breath at a Time


Paige Deiner My life is a wild carpet ride full of unique experiences and one of a kind adventures. I sometimes find myself holding onto the tassels, rather than sitting squarely in the middle of my "magic carpet" - but so far I haven't fallen off and I'm loving the ride. I am a Licensed Massage Therapist and a Yoga Alliance 200 yoga instructor. I have been a Reiki Master for 8 years, and have meditated since childhood. My daughter thinks I'm a hippie, I think I am a very organized dreamer. The truth may be somewhere in the middle. I would probably be a vegetarian but I fear mutiny... But I do try my best to practice what I preach. I yoga everyday and meditate nightly. I am lucky enough to have a fantastic Reiki partner so I receive some universal wisdom each Tuesday. And I am an avid, nerdy reader. I clean to books on tape, and usually read about two non-fiction and one fiction book a week.