Heart and Mind Matters,  November/22/2016
<<First Name>>, todays' article comes to us from Patricia L. Atchison (click on her name to visit her website and see the great work she does!).  This article was inspired by the Pillar Develop your Body.
By Patricia L. Atchison

I was introduced to Nia dance fitness several years ago when looking for a new way to stay active and healthy. I took classes with Tina and immersed myself into Nia’s first principle, Joy of Movement, sensing Life Force Energy, moving ‘Your Body’s Way’. This led me down a path of getting to know my body. Who is she, this package of bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles, joints, organs, etc., etc. ?

The practice of Nia discusses sensing your body. How could I sense something which I had ignored for too many years to count? If you are like me, the majority of living is done in your head – thinking about every aspect of life and how to deal with it. Our bodies follow along, no matter where we take them, and it isn’t until we feel pain, sickness or declining health that we notice we have a greater partner moving alongside us. If it wasn’t for the health of our bodies, we wouldn’t be enjoying life’s journey at all.

I’ve learned to start listening to my body through dance. It wasn’t easy at first, but now I am more aware of what is going on with it. Have you ever asked your body a question? To me it sounded weird, asking my body - separate from my mind, emotions and spirit - something like: “Hey, how’s it going? How do you feel? What can I do for you?”

However, it’s when I made the choice to acknowledge my body, going deep inside myself through breathing and movement, listening to the voices of my body, that I began to acknowledge my life force.

Recently, I watched a video from the Tamalpa Institute & the Life/Art Process featuring Daria Halprin. She asked the following question: "If your Body could speak... What would it say to you?"

I'd like to think if my body could speak to me, she would now say the following (in no particular order):
~ Thank you for listening to me... (Finally!)
~ Thank you for respecting me.
~ Thank you for providing me with a safe environment to flourish.
~ Thank you for keeping me clean and well-groomed.
~ Thank you for giving me the rest and relaxation I deserve.
~ Thank you for warmth/coolness when needed and perfect clothing for the environment.
~ Thank you for letting me feast on nutritious foods and drink.
~ Thank you for the unlimited supply of daily water.
~ Thank you for exercising my joints, bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons.
~ Thank you for hydrating and pampering my skin.
~ Thank you for the touch of self, loved ones and strangers (hugs are good!)
~ Thank you for the gift of sensual pleasure.
~ Thank you for monitoring my health and taking care of issues that arise.
~ Thank you for being my friend.
~ Thank you for loving me.
~ Thank you for allowing Spirit to soar with me.
~ Thank you for taking me into nature, I love it there.
~ Thank you for your Mind communication.
~ Thank you for sharing your Emotions with me.
~ Thank you for letting me dance through life!

When becoming more aware of your travelling companion in this journey of life, you might ask your companion, “Hey body, what have you got to say to me?” How do you think your body would reply?
We'd love to hear from you,<<First Name>> - is your body able to say thank you for any or all of these marvelous things that Patricia's body thanks her for?  Are you being this kind and this aware of your body?  Let us know! Write to us 

Tina and Neil
P.S.  Tina's Nia Classes and Galya Journeys are an incredible way to learn to start listening to your body... and your spirit, <<First Name>>

Nia classes run Wed evenings until Dec 14th; Drop-ins welcome.  Text or call Tina at 403-860-7311 for more details.

Healing Thru Dance - Galya Journey
experiences are available to you the first and third Friday evenings of the next two months (Dec 2 & 16, Jan 6 & 20).  More details here for a single session, or save $30 on a 3-session pass - details and Register here.  (The benefit of engaging in multiples sessions, is an amplification of your healing.)
We promised more details and ways to register for the Four Pillar Experiences coming up in January... see the links below!
"This was a deep experience that felt like a coming home to myself. What a lovely experience in such a safe and sacred space. Thank you, Tina!" - Ronnie Joy Leah, Rainbow Dancer
Shin Dao Pillar #1
Tina and Neil speak about the 1st pillar of the Shin Dao
The Four Pillars Experiences   Each experience listed below engages you in interaction with the 4 Pillars of the Shin Dao, <<First Name>>, to ensure your life is filled with more enthusiasm, passion, love and joy...  Note:  Dates are different than posted last week - the dates below apply - please change your calendar accordingly.

Create A Joyful Year
Jan 14, 2017, 
1:00 - 5:00 pm, NW Calgary

Clarity is power; when you are clear about what you want the Universe will conspire to assist you! Without clarity you are like a small boat adrift at sea, with no particular destination.
  • Elevate Your Spirit by gaining clarity about what will bring more joy into your life.
  • Inspire Your Mind with the creation of a beautiful, Intuitive Vision Board, (a powerful, and proven-effective tool for bringing your desires to life)... and by becoming focused on the action steps you can take to ensure you reach your destination - a joyful year!
  • Develop Your Body with activities that strengthen your concentration and co-ordination, and improve sleep.
  • Open Your Heart through enlightening diad processes to improve your relationship with yourself.
Registering here and ensure you're no longer drifting. (and saves you $50!)  Set sail toward living the more Joyful life you long for, and register now!

The Challenge 
Jan 21, 2017, 
9:00 am - 5:00 pm, NW Calgary

How are you Showing up?  (in your Business Life, Personal Life and to the World)
Do you rise to the Challenges of life, giving your best, facing your fears head on... or do you collapse under pressure, resorting to denial, blame and excuses?
Are you brave enough to test your levels of integrity, discipline, courage and strength? 
This enlightening day is an Intense examination of how you handle physical, mental and emotional challenge. You will ultimately see how you are showing up in the world, what contributes to your success, and what you can build upon to be more successful in all areas of your life.
  • Elevate Your Spirit, feeling fully and unconditionally supported as you meet the best of who you are through challenging circumstances.
  • Inspire Your Mind: gaining Insights about how you make Choices and what Habitual patterns of Behavior you have that may be Interfering with your overall Success and Fulfillment
  • Develop Your Body with activities that strengthen your concentration and co-ordination, and improve sleep.
  • Open Your Heart by discovering you have the courage to take Action in spite of fear, doubt and worry. Be open to love no matter what the circumstances.
The Challenge will empower You to Create your own Destiny in every moment and Live a life of Power and Choice. Step into the Challenge!

Note: For an extremely limited time, you can participate in the Challenge for just $19.97!!!  Space is limited, so Click here to register NOW.

Connect to your True Essence Day Retreat 
Jan 28, 2017,
9:30 am - 6:00 pm, NW Calgary

Knock your socks off, blow your doors open and feel solidly connected to the essence of who you truly are at this sacred, spiritual full day retreat. 
  • Elevate Your Spirit: Touch your essence and sense your connection to the Source of All that Is through one hour of Sacred Breath.
  • Inspire Your Mind:  Receive insights about direction for your life through Intuitive Readings.
  • Develop Your Body: Nourish your body and soul with delicious, nutritious food.
  • Open Your Heart: See the beauty of who you are, reflected to you through Diads.
  • Elevate Your Spirit while Developing Your Body:  Feel a sense of freedom as Your spirit and body dance.
  • Inspire Your Mind while Developing Your Body:  lluminate Your truth through moving meditation

This will be the most powerfully impactful day of your year. Space is extremely limited, so Register now to avoid disappointment.

Note: <<First Name>>, save big $$ by registering for the Be Your Best You package (combines this retreat with four other healing experiences) to ensure you feel Calm, Relaxed, Balanced, Serene… yet Energized and full of Vitality! 
All experiences facilitated by Woman  Who Dances with Light (aka Tina). 
Registering NOW ensures you make the committment to care for yourself... and saves you $225 (only until Dec 2nd!) on this collection of incredible healing experiences. click here to register and save.

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