Lammas and dance

Recently at Blockhouse Bay Boating Club with Christina Demmler and her 5Rhythms group of dancers we ‘danced in’ the Year of the Rabbit aided by a cacao elixir and chocolate heart from Chalice! It was also Lammas that week – the time that is equidistant between Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox.  This is a mixed time of things coming to harvest and those things not yet ready to...
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Dancing Soles to Soul – Kerry-Ann Stanton

My recent articles have been about ‘backing myself’.   Since May ‘backing myself’ has taken me to America to dance, to Melbourne to dance and I’m still dancing on my return – even more so!  I thought I would share, as simply as I can, my journey over the last six months. Dancing in America, 140 of us closely packed, live drumming throbbing through us, I experienced the miracle of...
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The keynote is to open to myself

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” (Anais Nin) Twice in the last week this quote has been presented to me in quite different forms. You may recall that in February I was reflecting on what I might be avoiding. My commitment at that time was to personal confidence and active expression of my spiritual energy with the...
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What might I be avoiding?

Where possible I stay alert to the ‘little’ signals in my life. Sometimes this means I avert trouble – other times I get to do delicious things just because I was paying attention. At the osteopath the other day, having a very real lower back ‘compression’ released, she casually enquired if there was anything I might be avoiding? Now I am not real keen on this type of question. I...
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Bag Lady: Vessel Of Value

How many bags do you have? What do you use the bags for? What do you think of bags? Have you, in fact, ever given any thought to the bags in your life? What is the purpose of the bags in your life? What is your bag of tricks? I have bags for many aspects of my life – the pink travel suitcase (no one else wants it!), the khaki small back pack, the bag with work stuff, the journal bag(s), the...
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Deep listening or “catching the clues”!

I have had quite a year this year – and so say all of us! I was talking with a friend on the phone the other night and we were comparing notes on our respective years. In passing she said, “Well, for you, this year is about success of the heart.” It was a spot on observation and such a gift to hear the essence of my year described so simply. It is a year of success of the heart: from the...
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Kaleidoscopes and Mothers

I attend a local full moon gathering as I am able once a month. The month of May brought Mother’s day and the following theme for reflection: “The word “Mother” is a powerful one for us all – What is foremost in your thoughts at present? Please bring a symbol for the altar”. My immediate response was a ‘kaleidoscope’. I loved the little toy ones we had as kids and...
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Spiritual leadership

I am struggling to write this article. Tomorrow morning I am flying to visit my brother and his family. My sister-in-law is in need of a miracle as she faces another of the cancer challenges which have come her way over the last 4 – 5 years. I am going to give them all a hug – because it feels the only thing I can do – and remind my brother and my niece and nephews that they have a...
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Matariki – a celebration of New Year in Aotearoa

Kia ora Matariki is the Maori New Year (Tau Hou) – due to be celebrated in New Zealand 05 June – 05 July 2008. This time span reflects that Matariki is celebrated by different tribes at different times. For some, it is when the group of stars known as Matariki or the Pleiades is first seen in the pre-dawn sky, late in May. For others it is the full moon after it rises that is celebrated and...
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“I don’t … because”

One recent Sunday I was dancing around the Blockhouse Bay Boating Club exploring the rhythm of “flow”. It was very wet outside and as I glanced down at the pile of shoes I was amazed to see a pair of jandals amidst the boots and shoes. My mind went, ‘I don’t wear jandals in the rain because they flick up mud and water as I walk onto my trousers.” Well really! How the...
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When there is nothing to understand, nothing to say

Since I last wrote we have had a 10 ½ month friend die and a young man, my daughter’s age, get some potentially devastating news. Each event has challenged me. How to stay present to my friends and not be overwhelmed? What is the best way to help? How to accept that sometimes there simply is nothing to understand? Our baby friend was seriously ill in hospital when we went away for our summer...
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Kerry-Ann in Wonderland

Writing for the Women’s Spirituality Newsletter is an interesting quarterly time of reflection – I can recommend it for any of you out there half tempted! This time last year I wrote about heart sensing, of heart palpitations and questioning how to live heart-fully. In 2005 I was speculating on how to combine Christmas and Summer solstice and stay sane, let alone spiritual, and in 2004 I was...
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