“Living in Motion” Blog

embodiment tips for leadership, fitness and everyday life

WEEKLY TIPS on how to live a more healthy, present and embodied life. Whether you love to walk, swim, bike, dance, run, practice yoga or martial arts, my blog posts show you how to FOCUS your intention and CAPITALIZE on your potential for personal growth.

Say Yes Anyhow

Posted by on Dec 17, 2013 in Blog | 7 comments

Say Yes Anyhow

I stood at the doorway and peered through. My face went white as I considered the infinite possible outcomes. Should I decide to take the next step? A threshold – like an initiation – is a middle. Neither fully a beginning, nor fully an end.   I stood there for a very, very long time…   It’s taken me a while to write this blog. The inspiration came on the dance floor in Bali, at the start of a Dancing Freedom class. For weeks, I’d been locked in a stalemate with myself, the content of which revolved around a possible move...

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Why Don’t We Dance? (part 2)

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

Why Don’t We Dance? (part 2)

Could it be that our bodies are so used to resisting, we’re afraid to dive in?   As I looked at him across the room, I could feel my body vibrating. For an instant, I forgot to be angry, hurt or cold. For an instant, I could feel the desire.   One more dance?   Then I remembered our conversation the night before and the fear it touched in me. What if all of my fears were true? I am the afterthought. I am the disposable one. I’m the temporary fling… he’s just in it for the dance.   My body flushed numb. Now...

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Play the Low Notes

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

Play the Low Notes

It’s a chilly fall morning. I’m sitting on my sofa in a faded navy blue sweatshirt, the oversized hood drooping down over my eyes. Still. Next to me is a bowl of muesli (not-so-guilty pleasure I picked up from my time in the UK) and Sheba, my faithful canine partner in crime. I’m wondering how to tell you about my recent experience, when I don’t want to move an inch – not even to place my fingers on the keys…   How do you describe a sensation without words? When you let go of the story, the drama, the endless how-come and...

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Why Don’t We Dance?

Posted by on Oct 11, 2013 in Blog | 3 comments

Why Don’t We Dance?

When I was a small girl, about 5 or 6 years old, my grandmother took me to a wedding. I wore a pretty dress and white patent leather shoes.   I remember it very clearly: the tall cake on the table. The bride in her long, white gown. People of all ages, most of them strangers, milling around the room. Children playing at their feet. And I remember the music. Of course there was music. It was a wedding, and people would dance.   But nobody was dancing.   The image sticks in my mind. Through my six year old eyes, I am looking out...

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Bottoming Out

Posted by on Sep 15, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

Bottoming Out

Nobody wants to go down.   Right? Generally speaking, most of us in the Western world have a pretty un-friendly relationship with adversity. At best, we ignore it. We put on a happy face, and go about our days looking put-together. “I’m fine.” At worst, we go to battle against it, bloodying ourselves, and leaving a trail of casualties in our wake. In either case, we are avoiding the crash. The fall. The moment when we must hit the ground, confronting the truth that: things were not as they seemed. That we were wrong, incompetent,...

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Now You See Me…

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Now You See Me…

“There was a moment when I made a bold move and waited: suspended in the vast in-between time, like a gasped breath then silence… straining to hear the sound of the pebble splash, longing and fearing to feel the impact of my own action ripple through the world…”   The truth is it terrifies me to be seen and heard. You might not think so. After all, I support coaching clients, facilitate seminars and lead dance. Did I mention, I used to twirl a baton on a football field in front of one hundred thousand people each week? Just the same,...

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Are You A Yes?

Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in Blog | 3 comments

Are You A Yes?

Have you ever had a moment when your body refused to yield?   You wanted to. Desperately. Your mind said, “do it, you won’t regret it. It’s what you always wanted!” And yet, you couldn’t take the next step forward. More than a deer-in-the-headlights freeze, it felt like an impasse. As thought you were standing in front of a thick invisible brick wall. Lean in as you might, there was simply nowhere to go – no way to go – forward.   What I’ve come to understand in the last 33 years is that my body doesn’t lie. I...

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Slow Down and Feel It

Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Slow Down and Feel It

We begin.   I soften my knees and relax my spine. I take one step closer, then close my eyes. My hips begin to sway gently to the music. There is no rush. I move as though we have all morning. I breath in. I feel the nerve endings in my skin wake up, as a soft wave of energy moves upward through my body…   Nicole Daedone, sex educator and creator of the practice Orgasmic Meditation, coined the term “Slow Sex” after the Slow Food movement. In order to feel more sensation in our bodies, she recommends stripping away the...

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Stillness

Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

Stillness

There is a place deep inside me that never moves.   It doesn’t matter if I’m resting, or moving fast. I may be coaching, dancing, working or making love. When I tap in, it feels like the center of the Universe. It doesn’t spin. Everything else revolves around it.  It is the calm in the eye of the storm.   Sometimes it’s thick and solid, like soft black earth. Sometimes it’s molten hot, like embers burning a slow, red burn. Often it’s liquid. It settles itself like the depth of a vast blue ocean, certain in its knowing...

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The Real Thing

Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

The Real Thing

I’m tired of not doing the Real Thing.   Do you know what I mean? Have you (like me) ever made choices that were almost-but-not-quite exactly what you wanted?   Do you work an almost-passion-driven job? The one that pays the bills and is fulfilling enough … but never quite holds you in your zone of genius. Do you make love in almost-but-not-quite the right position? The one that’s convenient, comfortable… and wouldn’t make too many waves. Have you chosen a lover, a partner, a spouse who is almost-but-not-quite...

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