Tuesday, September 30, 2014

REFLEX BLEEDING

Have you heard of it?


Ladybugs use it as a last resort when predators get too close and all else has failed... 
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The predators think they are already dead and very few animals go for dead meat…

Hmmm…

Think about it.

Might we humans have our own brand of reflex bleeding?

What do ya say?

Ever play victim?

How do you think we learned that one?



Friday, September 26, 2014

SERIOUSLY SPEAKING - NAVIGATING LIFE'S SPEED BUMPS…

Random, perhaps, but those 'measuring moments' can also be useful. (Check out Wednesday's post)

True, if you allow them to trigger your inner Bully - "scold, scold, scold"-  they create pain. 

If however you use them as moments to non-judgmentally review where you are, what you have accomplished and where you want to go next - remember the mini- steps - then they can be invaluable times of reflection, renewal and re-direction!






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HOW TO USE YOUR SPEED BUMPS

1)  Stop - breathe and think evaluation NOT de-valuation!

2)  Remember whereever you are right now has value - use it to learn and stretch!

3)  Count Coup - Be honest about what you have accomplished! 
Maybe you've taken the road less traveled?  Yay you!

Where have you been?
What have you done?
Who have you learned from?

4)  Give yourself - right where you are now - at least 5 appreciations.  This is really important!









Thursday, September 25, 2014

SHANA TOVA!

Part of our focus and joy on the Human Dance Blog is to celebrate the beauty of the many traditions that make up our human community…

Last night at sundown began the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.  In this tradition "we hear the blast of the ram's horn meant to awaken our slumbering souls to time's passage and to what we have done in the past year and what we could do better with our lives".  - Michael Strassfeld

This New Year, (5775 in the Jewish calendar) is part of a 7 year cycle called a Shemittah or Sabbatical year. 

These years and are considered holy years in which we are enjoined to focus more on our spiritual mission in life… Fields were to be allowed to lie fallow, debts were forgiven, and mankind was enjoined to focus on healing ourselves and our land.

 "Shemittah is a year of economic, environmental, and social equity...a time when physical and social boundaries are dissolved, reminding us that we live and thrive not within the barricades of self but in the shelter of each other and the gifts of the wilds. We all abide in one and the same world that we consume and renew in an endless cycle of co-generation. 

To keep the world humming, we must do this mindfully and properly."   read more


May this be a special year for us all - a year of healing and renewal!


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

HOW OLD?

"I don't know what I want to be when I grow up," she said wistfully.

This 'kid' was 29 and suddenly hit with that 'OMG I'm about to be a real adult' attack.

You know, that feeling that hits most of us as we approach that magic 'turning into an adult' age…



Why 30?
Who knows?

But that seems to be one of those painful measuring points in our lives.


What do ya say?
Been there?


How did you get through it?


Friday, September 19, 2014

SERIOUSLY SPEAKING - THE ALLURE OF UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Why do we keep re-running old traumas and emotional wounds?

What might our purpose be in clinging to these personal historical events and feelings?

Some seem to believe that by maintaining and embracing these old injuries we actually protect ourselves from reoccurrences. 

In actuality, it seems that clinging onto the past in this way might make us even more susceptible to similar conduct in the present…





  
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READY TO LET IT GO?

Make a list of the old personal 'injuries' and traumas that you are holding onto. 

This should be pretty easy - if you are holding on, these incidents from the past will pop into your thoughts as you scan your personal history.

Now see if you can determine what the key ingredients are and if there are similarities between the events.

Okay, now the interesting part. 
Ask yourself what you get by holding on to these grievances? 

We are not talking about scolding yourself! 

We are actually looking for the perceived value that might be causing you to maintain this memory in an active form that is easily tapped into in the present!

Sometimes by realizing that this is not really useful we automatically remove some of the 'charge' that this memory has held for us…










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Thursday, September 18, 2014

CLEANING HOUSE

"My mother threw away all my teddy bears," she lamented.

She was really upset, and no, the speaker was not 7 years old although that's when in happened…

This woman was still upset about an event that happened over two decades ago.

Yeah, she was almost 30 now, but those teddy bears were still bothering her…

What do ya say?
Got any old traumas you're holding onto?







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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

COUNTING COUP - AGAIN…

Why is it important to acknowledge our psychological achievements? 
And what actually constitutes a psychological step forward?

Each small change we make in our emotional field - a slightly different way of responding to a particular problem or challenging person - deserves a pat on the back.

Does a small shift count?
How about a one time shift?
Not 100%?

The mini steps towards our goals are important to see as wins in themselves.

By giving ourselves credit for small victories we build stamina for the long haul!






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VICTORY DANCES

So how do you pat yourself on the back for taking a step forward?

Can you actually see those mini steps or do they have to be gargantuan before you count them?

Think about a recent difficult situation - or even an on-going, chronic issue that you have been dealing with…

Spell out the 'problem':
          
Difficult person?  (Mother, father, sibling, partner… you get the idea…)
Challenging issue? (Money, weight, work… you know, those biggies…)

Now ask yourself how you have traditionally dealt with the situation.
         The list here might be long - make it as comprehensive as possible…

Next ask yourself what you might have done - or could do - that might be a little different.  

Look for little shifts in possible or actual behavior.  Really pay attention to the micro!

Finally, look at yourself in your real or metaphorical mirror, and give yourself a big pat on the back for any small steps in a slightly new direction!

         




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