Happy Friday from beautiful and chilly Monterey, CA. Going to keep it short and sweet today. There’s a rugged coastline with jaw-dropping views calling my name. Staying with my theme Go Outside, Now. Or today, “Shut up and Dance with Me.”
Embodying my mindfulness practice. Embodying my emotions. Embodying my deep feminine nature, means literally getting into my body. Moving energy through my body. Allowing my body (vs my brain) to say yes to life.
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
— Mary Oliver, “Wild Geese”
Trust the body. How I find bliss, even when I’m sad, pissed off, joyful, depressed is by meeting myself exactly where I am and letting my body do the talking. I often do this through dance. I recently read a book called Pussy, A Reclamation by Regena Thomashauer, aka Mama Gena. She too shares this practice, calls it Swamping: “Swamping is taking advantage of the darkness in order to make space for more light.”
For me, it’s not just darkness, but all emotion, all parts of me, I choose to embrace. Because, I know this is gonna sound weird, but sometimes happy me gets a bad rap for not being “deep enough.” Or I try every trick in the book to hold on to happiness, which is exhausting and frustrating because it never works. In fact trying to be happy all the time is like some weird Stepford Wives alternate universe. Freakshow.
I digress. Today I invite you to embody whatever part of you is here. Or, shut up and dance with me.
With love and acceptance,