Trust your gut

bettina Dance, Movement, Meditation, Life in Transition

A primal connection exists between our brain and our gut. We often talk about a “gut feeling” when we meet someone for the first time. We’re told to “trust our gut instinct” when making a difficult decision or that it’s “gut check time” when faced with a situation that tests our nerve and determination. This mind-gut connection is not just …

Bring on the ecstatic!

bettina Dance, Movement, Meditation, Life in Transition, Leadership

I grew up in Berlin. Many nights of my teenage years and early 20’s I spent dancing the night away in the underground clubs of this magical city. I was especially drawn to the house scene and quickly learned about the seducing quality of seamless beats. Offering my body to those beats induced a dream like state and profound happiness. …

Dancing with the Elements

bettina Dance, Movement, Meditation, Life in Transition

In our recent residential retreat at Stowel Lake Farm on Salt Spring Island we asked the group on the last day to learn about one of the five elements EARTH, FIRE, WATER, AIR and ETHER. Every participant got assigned an element and was asked to bring back information about the specific element to the group. We did not let them …

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 …