Monthly Archives: June 2012

Coming Home

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The word ‘Home’ has danced its way into my mind, body and spirit in this last week. Home, home, home just keeps coming up, as I start to question what is home? What makes a home? Can you have more then one home at the same time? And what is the sensation of home in my body and for my spirit?

After leaving my home on the Gold Coast, travelling to my other home on the South Coast of NSW and then returning to my home on the Gold Coast, I feel I have a little more clarity on some of these questions. During these travels I also came across the following quote:

 “It’s the awareness and intention we bring to a place that imbues it with a sacredness”

These words resonated with me and gave me the clarity that I needed. They gave my mind a definition to work with in creating a dialogue for ‘what home means to me’. An understanding that, any place can be my home if it is the intention I choose to bring to it.  Or in contrast, I choose not to bring to it.  I received clarity that it is possible to have more then one home at any given time.

For me, some of my homes have a level or permanency, such as my parent’s home. I feel safety and comfort in the knowing that this is a place I am always welcomed. A place that constantly promises good food, a bubble bath, warmth and love… and free washing facilities.

I also have a sense of home as being more of a casual place. Almost as if I know that I will not be in this home for a long period of time, yet there is a reason I am here. That this place is an interval, a rest stop, a new lesson to be learnt, a fresh space to create, and an opportunity to grow and gain new life knowledge.

There are many differences between a home of permanency and of temporary resting, however I sense a deep commonality within them. Both fill my body, mind and spirit with a similar sensation and essence. For my body home is sensed as a place to rest in stillness, and to move with freedom and comfort. For my mind, it offers both a place to avoid the confusion of the busy world outside and a place for contemplation and creating clear vision. For my spirit, home is safety and love in all its shades. It is not always a place of harmonising and peaceful love, sometimes it is filled with challenges and conflicts. But it is always filled with a shade of Love and heart… and as it has been said before ‘Home is where the heart is’

I too receive this sense of home when I dance Nia. The feelings of freedom, comfort, clarity, harmonising, challenges and love continually move within my being. It is from here that I created this week’s focus of ‘Coming Home to Your Body’. Allowing the sensations of your body to connect you to the essence of your being and the universal Joy that exists all around you.

“Every place has a spirit and if we stay long enough and listen closely it will speak to us and help guide our lives”.

Let that place be your body and may you embrace each sensation as a messenger and seeker of pleasure, comfort and ease, as you gently sense what home is for you.

With Joy

Lisa

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A Community Connection

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In a brief conversation over the weekend, I was re-minded of one of the greatest gifts I have received from the practice of Nia; it is Community.  I treasure being in a supportive space, where I am able to be my self, and simultaneously feel a deep connection to others.

Growing up in the suburbs of Sydney, I never felt a connection to community. Sure I was involved in the usual childhood activities of sports, and social outings, however I cannot recall ever feeling like I truly belonged.

At the age of 14, my parents made a seachange and moved our family to the South Coast of NSW.  This was not an easy transition for me, but one that I am eternally grateful my parents made me make; for this is where I began to feel the sensation of community.

Even though my belonging in this community was still greatly influenced by my parents, I started to feel recognised as an individual.  I felt connected with the natural world of land, surf and fresh air, and like-minded people that appreciated and valued this. I would get asked ‘how I was’, and ‘what was new in my life’ while sitting around a campfire with people of all ages and from all walks of life. I was seen as an individual and as part of the collective community.

It is now, as an independent being, that I am able to consciously choose the communities that I find connection with. At this point in my life, I feel strongly connected to my Nia community, one that branches from me as an individual, and connects me with others locally, around Australia and throughout the world. 

In this community I am surrounding by the most courageous and inspiring beings. I continually witness acts of kindness, bravery, sadness and love. I have cried till there are no more tears and laughed till my stomach and cheeks hurt. I have held others and been held. I have received permission to dance with contrast, shadow, light, love and truth.  I have learnt the power of gratitude, play, surrendering, being open, breathing and unconditional love. And most importantly in this community I am able to be Lisa. I am able to be myself without the fear of judgement or disapproval. To be fully seen in my truth and as a unique individual, while feeling deeply connected to the whole.

This week’s focus, if you haven’t guessed it yet, is ‘Connecting to Community’. With the invitation to connect to your centre, to what makes you You, and what makes you unique. As we build one’s own centre, the centre of our relationship with our community can become stronger.

May you embrace and sense gratitude for the deep connections you have with your community.  Take a little time to connect to your centre, and bring attention to the yin and yang of life “One cannot exist without the other”.

With Joy

Lisa

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The Warrior Within

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When I set last weeks focus of ‘Grounded Presence’ I had no idea how much I was going to call on it. I set the focus on Sunday night, and by midweek I found myself an emotional mess. My car pulled to the side of the road as I cried, and desperately felt the desire to escape and find space.

I was quickly re-minded to take a few grounding breaths, which allowed me to receive a clear message. I needed to physically remove myself from the space that had triggered this emotional response. Instantly, my inner dialogue turned to thoughts of avoidance; as if somehow, by leaving the situation I was taking the easy way out and surrendering to a lack of inner strength.

Fortunately, these thoughts did not hang around for too long.  A few reassuring words and hugs from a friend, and a perfectly timed read, had me back in a grounded mindset.  The words that danced across the page and into my inner being were that of the warrior.  The book, Holding the Center, shared the meaning of a warrior;

 “The warrior’s aim is not to win fights, but to protect and cultivate life. Crossing the street and walking away may be appropriate ways to resolve conflict. A relaxed, balanced presence can convert a physical or emotional blood-letting into a handshake. But be assured that these moves were made by those who had put their training in. It was not done because nothing else was possible; it was only one of many options”

From these words, I received a strong message.  In that given moment, I had chosen the appropriate option for myself and the other involved. By walking away I was not surrendering to defeat or showing a lack of strength, I was cultivating life. I was protecting myself, the other and our relationship.

I was also re-minded that instead of speaking from a place of anger, fear and frustration that I have the power to choose to act from a place of love.  To take time and space to ground myself, so that I am able to share my truth from a heart centred place.

It is from this ‘receiving’ that I set this weeks focus of Time and Space. As I play with sensing natural time and trusting the present moment. Letting my body’s physical sensations guide me to trust the now! To trust that what I need to know, at any moment, will be revealed. That there are no mistakes and knowing that every step along my path has lead me to where I am meant to be right NOW, in this present moment.

May you connect to your own natural rhythms, and trust that the warrior spirit lives within you.  You have the power to choose how you respond in the present moment.

With Joy

Lisa

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