The Body remembers

bettina Dance, Movement, Meditation, Life in Transition

Gabrielle Roth called the body a “library of our stories”. It keeps score of the myriad of our life experiences. It holds our truths – nothing is forgotten in our tissues, muscles and bones. Our personal stories and the stories of our ancestors are held in the soma. If you have a skilled person looking at your body, they can …

YOU ARE HERE

bettina Dance, Movement, Meditation, Life in Transition

Presence… The very word evokes a depth and potency of character, a gravitas, a charisma based on inner substantiality, a simple and quiet dignity. True living absolutely requires presence: more presence equals more life – and more enjoyment of life! Without presence, life passes us by: we neither participate in nor fully experience our life. Presence means being at home …

Present Moment- Only Moment

bettina Dance, Movement, Meditation, Life in Transition

As leaders, coaches or parents we strive to be the best we can be. Most of us hold an intention to be present and accepting of what life offers us at any given moment. Yet often many of us struggle with racing thoughts and a never ending commentary that takes us away from the present moment and into aspects of …

Unveiling

bettina Dance, Movement, Meditation, Life in Transition

I was touched this morning reading this beautiful poem by Mark Nepo. It reminds me how many layers of myself I have shed in the dance. How many pieces that I thought were ME I have let go off. It reminds me how guarded I was when I first started with the 5Rhythms practice… how I thought I had to …

A moment to pause

bettina Dance, Movement, Meditation, Life in Transition

Many Solstice Blessings to you! Always this brief moment of “standing still”, of pausing on the longest day of the year is powerful and worthy to be celebrated. What is in the light of your awareness right now? What is ready to be let in, let out and let go? Where are you able to move into acceptance, into letting …

Beat Medicine

bettina Dance, Movement, Meditation, Life in Transition

I am sure you know the feeling when at times the thoughts in the head get too loud and overwhelming. For me that often happens when a person or a situation triggers me. My reaction and related thoughts take over the present moment and send me for a spin. I have done years of sitting meditation and know how to …

Return to Center

bettina Dance, Movement, Meditation, Life in Transition

‘The challenge of warriorship is to live fully in the world as it is and to find within the world, with all its paradoxes, the essence of nowness.” — Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche I just completed teaching a weekend workshop here in Vancouver called “Return to Center”. Often when we are under stress (whether it is emotional, physical, mental or situational), …

New Beginnings

bettina Dance, Movement, Meditation, Life in Transition

“No, this is not the beginning of a new chapter in my life; this is the beginning of a new book! That first book is already closed, ended, and tossed into the seas; this new book is newly opened, has just begun! Look, it is the first page! And it is a beautiful one!” — C. JoyBell — One of my …

One Dance Tribe

bettina Dance, Movement, Meditation, Life in Transition

I recently returned from Maui. I had been invited to be part of the circle of movement teachers to facilitate a Gathering of Conscious Movement practices. ONE DANCE TRIBE  brings together dancers and leaders from all over the world to share in an experience of gathering as One Global Tribe. It was powerful to co-create a container where conscious movement is …

Is someBODY home?

bettina Dance, Movement, Meditation, Life in Transition

Do we actually live in and through our bodies? Do we inhabit our bodies fully? Or are we just an empty vessel with a talking head? Through the 5Rhythms practice we learn to cultivate inner body awareness and pay attention to physical sensations. We learn to bring our attention back home into the body. This state of dropped attention connects …