Last week, I inadvertently gave the impression that we should all turn off, tune out, and stop caring about the cruelty going on in the world. This was not my intent. I apologize for having done so.
I am concerned with the levels of overwhelm that swamp so many folks. There is a lot of bad news, and many of us feel powerless against the rising tide. This is why I stopped posting bad news and started posting good news, news about people who had made a difference. Because we can all make a difference. But marinating in misery doesn’t really help us do that.
Focusing on the good helps us step out of overwhelm.
Focusing on the good helps us have the space to take action. Taking action helps us make a difference. Even a small difference makes a big difference.
My small way of taking action has been to learn about trauma and how to heal it. My model of choice has been Somatic Experiencing (SE). I just completed their truly splendid three-year training program. Soon, I will be certified as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner.
I’m pleased with what I have accomplished. But I’m more pleased with now having the tools and skills to help folks come back into their bodies. Into theirselves. Into their lives.
Trauma is a killer.
Most of the cases of depression on the list below are trauma-related.
Most of us have suffered challenging experiences whose effects still drag on us. Many toxic elements of the current global situation (not to mention our life experiences) are extremely challenging. They won’t stop. So we have to stop them from eating us alive.
We do this by creating safe spaces for ourselves.
We do this by consciously becoming aware of moments when we are not under attack. Feeling the sensation of safety. Sometimes it may amount to sticking our fingers in our ears and singing La la la. Or reading a trashy novel. It’s a start.
Yes, we can live in a constant state of overwhelm. Sort of. But it’s exhausting and unhealthy. When we feel stronger and more stable, we can do more, take more action, be there for ourselves, our children, and generally, the world. So it makes sense.
Focus on the good.
Focus on what works.
And take some action. Pick something. Just one thing. It can be very, very small. It still makes a difference. Taking action feels good, too.
One of the greatest goods in my life is Oriental dance. It has so many built-in elements that help release stress and trauma! These elements are strongest in our improvisation. I’ll be featured Friday on the BellyDance Bundle’s new podcast Yallah Raqs talking about Improvisation, and included in their Instagram 21 Days of Practice Challenge (along with many other great teachers!).
I’m pleased to offer a short series of live, online Fun Classes.
They focus on–fun! Having fun with dance.
FUN classes are live online (video) classes designed for FUN for all levels. They are primarily follow-me, improv-strong classes with some combinations, technique, and a Dancemeditation section for stress release and joy.
Each class is recorded. The recording is available for one week only, then replaced by the next recording. We use zoom for the classes and Teachable to host the streamable recordings.
Let’s set aside one hour a week to marinate in joy.
6-Week session starts Thursday, Oct 17 at 7PM Eastern time. Sign up here. I would love to see you!
With all my love,