Monday, May 30, 2016

An Affirmation for Peace on Earth.

This peace offering on this Memorial day is in honor of our brave and courageous troops doing the job assigned them by our country, a country of "we the people" holding the candle of possibility, holding the space for a world where there is no war, where we take care of each others hearts and souls and bodies in a practice of humanity.

Today and everyday we honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice toward justice and peace and service.

Today...

We honor the pursuit of peace on earth with this affirmation.

PEACE

Peace comes from knowing peace
Love comes from being Loving
Gifts come from wholly giving

In this light
Peace becomes
My deepest brilliance
Glowing brightly

Step not timidly on the path
Flow forward
Fully
Alive
And
Alight

Peace is mine
My calling card
Falling with me
Radiating through me

Blossoming all around me
Witnessing what I have done
Peace realized

I wake
Hearing the bluebirds of the Angels
Joining in the dance of Love
Free

I own my state of peace

In grace


Love and Grace and Wisdom in the days and weeks ahead.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Dancing for Earth Justice - Critical Mass Dance Company Ama Terra at the Ivy Substation June 25th


The miracle of the naked expression of a dancing heart in flight is one of the most beautiful expressions we have in the arts.  When you combine this with the choreography of the soul you get Critical Mass Dance Company’s AMA TERRA, a modern dance work sharing a story of a young Mother Earth protecting the Mexican forest home of the migrating Monarch Butterflies.

Critical Mass Dance Company (CMDC) describes its production of AMA TERRA as a work of backlight Dance Theater combining dance, aerial, circus/flow arts to relax the mind and spark the imagination.  This fusion of elements is all at once striking, beautiful and ultimately a healing celebration of all a night of theater is meant to be.

AMA TERRA (danced by aerialist Sioux ZQ) soars in magical flight high amongst the trees of the Valle del Bravo Forest to open the show.  The elegant, simple set direction by Cecilia Sanchez glows with quiet strength into the darkness of the theater immediately co-creating a relationship between Ama Terra and the audience deep within the heights of the forest trees catching a rare glimpse into Ama Terra’s magnificent orchestration of the ELEMENTS (Fire, Wind, Water, Earth, and the magical 5th element only Mother Earth possesses, the power to synergize all forces to nurture seeds to grow into trees.) 

Butterflies (Danced by Joy Anderson and Johanna Iraheta) sweep into the forest, enjoying this sacred space of dance movement as Ama Terra ends her meditation.  The Butterflies do what Butterflies do ultimately exiting the Forest stage to return next season.

The mood quickly shifts as Red banded Loggers march menacingly forward ceaselessly cutting down trees.  In her attempt to stop them, Ama Terra gets injured resulting in a severe case of amnesia and loss of her powers.  She has forgotten who she is and the gifts she possesses.

The ELEMENTS return with flowing white wings to revitalize and heal Ama Terra.   As she watches, the Elements share their gifts through dance, offering them as presents in support of awakening and stirring the soul.  This section of backlit work of dance performance is alive with possibility as the atmosphere of transformation roots.

The Elements delight in a natural grace of effortless motion danced by Joy Anderson, Johanna Iraheta, Gwendolyn Retzinger, Cailtlyn Ryan, Elena Sophia Kozak, enlivening Mother Earth inviting the necessary healing and remembering to revive the Forest for the return of the Butterflies.  

CMDC's AMA TERRA rejoices in its expression of Imaginal possibility that resides in each moment achieving transcendence.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Waves move in patterns. Patterns move in rhythms. A human being is just that —energy, waves, patterns, rhythms. Nothing more. Nothing less. A dance.

Gabrielle Roth's Five Rhythms is a deep practice of movement and connection.  When life throws you a challenge you can move with it inviting all that is into this moment and the next. 

The intuitive nature of this practice revives the somatic inner healer.  

Words to remember. The fastest way to still the mind is to move the body. Get out there and dance.





Dance from the Heart Class fundraising event at Lorna Jane.



Stone Soup. Story Sharing from the Heart

Stone Soup (an old folk tale)

Once upon a time, somewhere in post-war Eastern Europe, there was a great famine in which people jealously hoarded whatever food they could find, hiding it even from their friends and neighbors. One day a wandering soldier came into a village and began asking questions as if he planned to stay for the night.

"There's not a bite to eat in the whole province," he was told. "Better keep moving on.”

"Oh, I have everything I need," he said. "In fact, I was thinking of making some stone soup to share with all of you." He pulled an iron cauldron from his wagon, filled it with water, and built a fire under it. Then, with great ceremony, he drew an ordinary-looking stone from a velvet bag and dropped it into the water.

By now, hearing the rumor of food, most of the villagers had come to the square or watched from their windows. As the soldier sniffed the "broth" and licked his lips in anticipation, hunger began to overcome their skepticism.

"Ahh," the soldier said to himself rather loudly, "I do like a tasty stone soup. Of course, stone soup with cabbage -- that's hard to beat.”

Soon a villager approached hesitantly, holding a cabbage he'd retrieved from its hiding place, and added it to the pot. "Capital!" cried the soldier. "You know, I once had stone soup with cabbage and a bit of salt beef as well, and it was fit for a king.”

The village butcher managed to find some salt beef . . . and so it went, through potatoes, onions, carrots, mushrooms, and so on, until there was indeed a delicious meal for all. 

The villagers offered the soldier a great deal of money for the magic stone, but he refused to sell and traveled on the next day. 

By working together, with everyone contributing what they can, sharing their gifts, a greater good is achieved.




Friday, May 13, 2016

Love is a Meeting Place. A Deep Space of Being Available Everywhere in All Things.

Faith in the unseen, in that which is always present and available as a shift in perception is love as an energy remembering we are ever connected.  

In every way that we experience this in the grace of our days, life is in balance. We are present to all that is and in communion with the glory and beauty of inspiration.

For me in creating Mels Love Land, that space beyond any map, into the truest space of our heart, I had to cultivate a field of possibility that understood how to dance through whatever flowed.

A simple tiny prayer for Balance.

Bring me the guidance I need to see this a different way, to begin again, to learn a new way of being, to be balanced in my mind body and heart.

Right now.

Everyone’s internal guidance system is designed to provide the answer appropriate to your individual circumstance. No one has or holds the answers for you. It is everyone’s job to listen. It is not my job to wake people up. It took me ten years to get I could leave.  It took me ten years to listen to my intuition.  It took me ten years to do the loving thing for myself.  As Jung said “Genius lies beyond the wound.” The ego speaks first and the ego speaks loudest. Our greatest victory of self lies on the other side of the fear, so the bigger the fear the stronger the release into the miracle of the moment. Perception is different for everyone, it changes with the perceiver, it shifts, it can be healed and there will be a new connection to the truth.  A new pathway.  As you listen. The reality you thought you were stuck in is replaced and restored in right order of universal support.

In every way that you surrender into listening, into expanding your hearts purpose fully supported and in complete trust of the power that lives in you, life expands, joy increases and peace prevails. Have faith in this voice for your highest good.  Have faith in the beauty of nature's design.

Hearing your inner loving guidance system beyond the noise is the biggest part of the self loving journey.

Mels Love Land #MiniMag Issue 6 | BALANCE

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Ten Signs You Are in Alignment With Your Soul's Code.

Synergy as Presence on the road to Harmonic Convergence of purpose.

ONE

You celebrate the beauty you see in everyone.

TWO 

You listen and act from your intuition.

THREE

You show up for yourself and your commitments.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Today. Right Now. Create Loving Balance. #Harmony #Love #Peace

Right now. In this breath. Love yourself with wild abandon and cherish the moods and rhythms of your sacred sounds. There is only one of you. Complete and healed and whole and in full possession of unending joy, peace, love and presence of self.

The greatest power we have in the world is to change our mind about a circumstance, to stand in the field of possibilities, and consider the possibility there is another way to look at any situation we find ourselves in. When we disconnect from the stories we have told ourselves that disempower us we are set free from the past and allow the miracle of the present to flourish.. Each breath then represents the fullness of all that you are, every cell of your being alive and awake to who and what makes your heart beat down to the cellular level ingrained in the codes of your DNA.

Experience all of you and say
Thank God for who you are.
Exactly as you are.

Celebrate each step, each encounter and each expression of your truest self, fully revealed and alive and awake in each moment.

Affirm that which is most loving.

Let my heart rise and flow
expanding through my breath
in its ever radiating glow
restored to my blissful self
Inviting my heart space
to unlock the treasure chest of recognition
Prospering in all ways and means

Revealing what is already mine
In service to my magnificence
Striking a tune the likes of which emanates from my soul
The hum of which cascades ever forward
Gently with force
Exploding the crucible of my being
Once crucified and crushed

Now
Balanced
Free
In Harmony
Peace filled
In Love.


Mels Love Land #MiniMag Issue 6 | Balance