The other night I had THE most beautiful & moving experience dancing on the beach with @thewavesilentdisco.
Imagine a group of people - wireless headsets on rocking out on the beach, prancing through the waves, cheering each other on in a dance circle. 💃🏻🌊🕺🏽
That night I danced joy, excitement, slowness, exhaustion, grief, sadness, exhilaration, tenderness, awe…
Moving through each emotion I noticed how it expressed through my body. No judgement. Just expressing & witnessing.
Going through some challenging emotional things right now & I find that connecting with my body through dance helps me to work through some of the intensity.
Movement to me is like medicine.
Is there an emotion you’re currently struggling with? Something that you don’t want to feel? Something you’re avoiding? Or some problem your mind doesn’t yet have the answer to?
I truly believe that free form, expressive dance can support you as you work through whatever you’re feeling.
Maybe that’s anxiety. Anger. Sadness. Confusion. Grief. Rage. Discomfort…
🔸Find a song, or a few songs, that represents a difficult emotion for you.
🔸 Dance to it. Allow your body to embody that emotion. Shake, jump, wiggle, undulate, flow, stomp, punch the air. Follow & allow each impulse.
🔸Set a time limit - just a couple songs for the difficult emotion you’re processing.
🔸For the final song, pick something that feels more supportive, loving, fun, invigorating. Use this song to bring yourself back to comfort, goodness, neutrality, relief, peace or even joy.
🔸And then get moving on your day.
I find that sometimes the kindest way for us to deal with the hardest most overwhelming emotions, is to deal with them in bite-sized chunks.
You don’t have to go through the fire all at once my love. You can be gentle. You can be loving. You can work through them bit by bit.
Let the dance, let the music support you.
PS. I love leading people through breath & movement practices. I’ll be leading a beautiful dance/breathwork process at my next Womxn’s Sexuality Circle… Mark your calendars for Sun Oct 27th 2-5pm.
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SPEAK THE TRUTH
Our inner voice talks to us about our dreams and emotions: it tells us the truth, offering us guidance and support. Our speaking voice is how we communicate, the words we say aloud and how we say them. Once you start listening to your inner voice, you'll develop the confidence to express what you're really thinking and feeling. This will make you more powerful. #truth#art#love#expressyourself#Speakthetruth#artist#innervoice#voice
Some mornings, reality is though to grasp. On one hand, it may feel wonderfully unreal and dreamlike, but on the other, it can be shockingly unbelievable and nightmarish. Outside of normalcy, I’ve experienced a lot more of that first case scenario as compared to the second. To be honest, I pursue it. But the gloom never fails to show up unannounced. Hardship, and loss, are inevitable natural phenomena that come packaged with life. Over the years, I’ve learned to accept tragedy as lecture. Thus, with loss, I’ve been taught to replace grief with appreciation. What I mean here is that rather than dwelling on the void that is created, I focus on appreciating that beautiful energy that was, and still is, present. Also, I don’t see the soul as an entity trapped in flesh, for it obviously has a reach unbounded by the body. You ever notice how the spirit of one being is transferred among those they interact with? This, in my mind, is one way in which the life of an individual is eternal, and in that respect, I feel as if anyone I’ve ever had a fruitful interaction with is always around. And for this, my fears and frets of loss and death have been whittled away. With that said, I still feel for those who mourn a loss, and my mind races for ways to help alleviate their distress.
A few days ago, I received call from an Army brother who I had deployed with. I was happy to hear from him, but I was greeted with bad news. One of our close friends, Gabe LeForest, a member of our tight knit crew, had decided to check out. RIP buddy. He was such an awesome individual, mentor, and friend. He was always a joy to be around, happy and helpful, rarely with a frown. I hadn’t talked to him in years, but I remember being so stoked for him when he finally popped up on my timeline again with some beautiful wedding pictures a while back. I immediately looked forward to catching up with him in person at the next opportunity. I’ll never forget that smile, and the sadness it may have masked. I try my best to be open with emotions for reasons like this, as I understand how toxic it can be to hide true feelings. The stigma against it must change. Express yourself!
Moon in Cancer ♋️ Emotions are pouring out of the cup.... comfort is much needed & the need to feel safe in expression is vital right now. Let others express themselves fully, compassion is key. You may not understand what they are going through but through compassion, you allow them to feel exactly as they do without fear of judgment. Winter approaches and we hope to let go of any layering that no longer needs to be carried on throughout the hibernation season. Nurture yourself! We’re using our Water oil today ✨🌙
“She is taking a deep breath, about to start her monologue called ‘Really Wish I Didn’t See That.’”
(New York, NY)
Follow @albertopresents for more real people performances.
(We asked strangers to be actors, giving them the chance to express their larger-than-life selves. Then we asked them to caption the photo.)
Captured by @kenraining
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¿Quién soy? ¿Por qué no me puedo responder esa simple pregunta? ¿Por qué siempre pienso tanto? Mi mente está llena de tantas ideas y a veces es frustrante... ¿Alguna vez has oído eso de: “No hables de ideas grandes a mentes pequeñas, pues no te entenderán”? Es muy frustrante hablar sobre esto. Todos siempre llegan a una conclusión; Estás loca. ¿De verdad estoy loca? ¿Por qué no puede ser al revés? Todos quieren algo genuino, pero a la hora de la verdad... lo diferente les asusta y prefieren salir corriendo. ¡Quédate! Tal vez te contagie y salgas de tu zona de comfort, y aceptes un nuevo conocimiento, sin sentir dolor o rabia. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
Lo más triste es que sigo sin saber quién soy. #expressyourself#YoSiQuieroConocerGenteGenuina#LoDiferenteNoMeAsusta
When @mneumann.photography asked me to style the set of a spooky circus editorial, I was all in before she was even done explaining her concept. Constructing a fortune tellers tent was already on my bucket list. My handy carpenter @atlas_and_anchor helped me design the crystal ball table, I’m very pleased with our invention 💫
Our Self-Development and Awareness Workshop has been unfolding for the past two weeks in Brooklyn with the support of Parent-Child Relationship Association (PCR) @pcrnyc2019 . Participants made artwork to express their inner worlds and used it as a tool to communicate with others verbally and nonverbally. In this process we deepened our understandings of ourselves and further explored more possibilities.
This small-group workshop has 8 classes in total. We combine various approaches, including visual and verbal expression, sensory experiences, writing, and meditation to promote reflection on self-strengths, environments, and emotions. The relationships developed through group activities also encourage social support and learning from each other.
For more information, please contact us at email@example.com. -
I’m in love with this new painting. I’m not often that fond of the works I make, but geez it’s fun to come up with something that just sings to you.
If you’d like to paint large scale with me in the studio, check out my BE FREE large scale free themed painting classes offered at @the11thorange. Tickets and calendar in profile .
Day 17: Washington
My trip hit an obstacle here in Washington. It was the first time I had to regroup and make an alternative plan on this trip.
It all worked out + I survived. Reflecting back on yesterday, it actually went rather smoothly + I think it’s because I didn’t allow it to negatively affect me longer than needed to process.
I was sad I had to change my plan, but I let the sadness be there + chose to not amplify it. I say I “chose” because I could have been angry—something happened that was out of my control. But being angry wouldn’t have done anything for me or my trip.
I decided to allow the emotion that was under the anger/annoyance to be present: sadness.
So many times we act out in anger + stew. We stir the pot + focus so much on our anger that we don’t take time to acknowledge the emotion underneath the anger. For me yesterday it was sadness. But sometimes it’s embarrassment, shame, fear, etc. Anger sometimes feels like the more “acceptable” or “expressible” emotion.
I’ve found it helps me process my emotions more efficiently when I take time to look “underneath” my anger + acknowledge the primary emotion.
I’m getting ready to hop on the ferry and explore some islands in northern Washington. I’m alive + my life doesn’t suck. I may not have made it to Canada, but life is good.
Va con mucho cariño 😍song 🎼🎧Bonk Bonk 🎼 by @rickylunamusic 🎶 Hoy con este fabuloso grupo de instructores en el curso Zumba Proskills en Barcelona! 💃Gracias 🙏a todos por tan fantástico día 💓y por dejarme ver cómo seguís creciendo como instructores. Hasta pronto 👍🏻🎉With love!!!! ❤️choreography by friends @firstname.lastname@example.org from Zin 83. 🇬🇧With love 😍song 🎼🎧Bonk Bonk 🎼 by @rickylunamusic 🎼 Today with this fabulous group of instructors in the Zumba Proskills training in Barcelona! 💃Thanks 🙏 to everyone for such a great day 💓 and for letting me see how you keep growing as instructors. See you soon 👍 🎉 @zumba@zumbawear@zincommunity