Belly Dancing and Shame~ (a commentary and a bit of a rant)

Belly Dancing and Shame~ (a commentary and a bit of a rant)

I remember a dance teacher once bringing my attention to the intentions behind why we dance.  #1 may be that we dance to be famous and get well known for our persona and moves. #2 might be that we dance to feel really good, to empower ourselves. #3 being that we dance to entertain others and as such, we hold ourselves to professional standards of the dance. Three separate reasons. It’s good to be aware of intentions so I was thankful that it was brought to my attention. I loved to dance, needed to dance, I danced in my mind when certain songs come on, and I have been known (often) to shoulder or hip shimmy in my car (and practice all isolations while driving.) You can say that dancing has been one of my passions. I realized that while I danced to make myself feel empowered and great and attractive and confident, I also really enjoyed sharing my love for the dance with others. I Loved to perform beauty for others. I had no desire of fame and fortune, my main desire in dance was to perform and teach others how to love this dance form and to help them by sharing the things I have learned along my journey, but there was an underlying message of shame, only slight, and unintended, but I recognize that there is shame behind many of the messages I had received around dance. Even a tiny bit of shame feels large. A biggie is “what right do I have to perform if I am not ‘good’ enough ?” and, “If I am...
How to reignite your creativity

How to reignite your creativity

Ever thought about creation? What is involved? Creating something is literally bringing (something) into existence. There is something where there was once nothing.     What are you creating today?   You can create art in many forms (painting, sculpture.) You can write a poem or a letter. You can have a baby. You can start a relationship. You can redecorate a room. You can cook a meal. The possibilities are endless…. What happens when your creativity is blocked?   When you stare at a blank page, or when you just don’t know what you’re going to pull together for dinner, when you aren’t inspired to make art…What happens then?   Movement is a powerful way to bust through the blocks. One of the things I do as a part of many of my programs is a ‘Hip Circle.’ We form a circle and shimmy our hips, we circle and move our hips/sacral area. The sacral chakra is located just under your bellybutton, it is the seat of your creative power and getting in touch with it when you are feeling stuck is a potent way to kick-start your creativity. Hip Circle is not about learning to dance, it’s not about performing or perfecting your technique… It is about moving the energy through your body, letting go and allowing yourself to be wild and free. I am a belly dancer and in the past few years I have given up performing and the idea of being ‘perfect,’ I am now in it for the fun and to shake myself loose and move when I feel stiff and stuck. When...
Does color make a difference?

Does color make a difference?

The colors we surround ourselves with matter. They can diminish or enhance your inner and outer qualities.  Each color has power to change our mood or generate passion and uplift us mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I recently had the opportunity to start from scratch and transform a white walled room into a colorful office for myself. It was fun going through and selecting colors.  It was actually a bit difficult to commit to a color because there were so many. I looked through decorating magazines, taped up paint swatches and even used my pendulum on each possible choose until I decided on turquoise and red. Turquoise is a color of creative expression. It is cool, relaxing, and refreshing. It helps my brain feel calm. it also is a color of dancing to the beat of a different drummer: It enhances individuality and originality. This color helps me express myself, which is why I chose it for my office space/ writing space. I chose red to complement the turquoise that is on my walls. My red desk chair not only looks awesome in the office, red is the color of beginnings and motivation. it’s fitting to sit on the energy of red while being surrounded by  inspiring turquoise. I also chose to accent with yellow, which is a very uplifting and cheery color. Yellow is a hopeful color that brings in sun energy.   What colors are you surrounding yourself with?   Whether you wear them or add them to your environment, here is a list of a few colors and their general qualities to consider when choosing your color...
How crystals can help you lose weight

How crystals can help you lose weight

Among all of the methods for weight loss, you cannot ignore exercise and eating clean and watching your portion sizes. I personally have become addicted to working out, I have a routine, every morning I get up before the sun and get my workout done before I start my day. When I skip it, I can feel it. I am grumpy, and I just don’t feel myself. This doesn’t include my weekly rest day (which is also important.)   We need to care for our physical body like that, but there are other factors at play, and we are more than our physical bodies. We are also made up of our emotions our mind and our spirit. We are made of measurable and unmeasurable energy, and if we ignore that and only focus on the physical aspect of our workouts and food, we may not be successful in the long run. Weight loss is attainable, but without looking at yourself as a whole, it may not be sustainable.   There are many other ways to nurture your energy body as a part of the whole, and one way is to work with crystals.   How Crystals help~   Imbalances in the energetic body can manifest as excess weight and a general state of imbalance (physically, mentally and emotionally.) By taking care of potential problems before they hit your physical body, we can ward off dis-ease even before it manifests in your body. Crystal placement on and around your body supports health (thus a healthy weight) by the principle of entrainment; energy of a stronger and higher frequency will dominate...
About Calcite

About Calcite

I love Calcite, it is one of my favorite crystals, it is relatively easy to find and it occurs in many colors; clear, red, orange and green are the most common. When working with Calcite, the color is something to consider as it’s hue affects the properties and influences how you work with it. Calcite will help balance hormones and is wonderful to work with when you are suffering from any type of hormonal imbalance. In my own experiences, I experience calcite as a tonic for the whole body, it’s calming and gentle. It amplifies any energies present. Calcite is wonderful to open energy channels, which helps all physical, mental and emotional systems. It is especially good to help open the channels for learning new things, which is why it is an excellent stone for students.   Clear Calcite will amplify and clear the energy, especially the mind, which makes it really good for students. It’s very purifying and is great to open and balance all of the chakras. Red Calcite is one of my favorites, with it’s 1st chakra grounding and balancing energies, it will help stabilize and strengthen you. It is great to balance out the hormones and I recommend it when a woman has menstrual or fertility issues and PMS. It is detoxifying and clearing as well as strengthening for the will. Honey Calcite is associated with the solar plexus chakra and is great to balance out the will and it is great hormonally, especially for menopausal issues. Green Calcite associated with the heart chakra will restore harmony and balance to your life and is a...
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