Spotlight on Dublin Dance Festival

 

Watch that ^. Just watch that and let yourself feast on the beauty of it. This week I have been volunteering at the Dublin Dance Festival  (DDF) and I was lucky enough to be able to sit in on the screening of Alonzo King’s Constellation. Mr. King himself gave a post-show talk as well and what he gave me was perspective.

I am always looking for ways to broaden my perspective and expand my mind. I got absolutely sucked into this work for an hour and a half. I allowed it to soothe my soul, to trigger my senses and to allow my thoughts to wander freely for the first time in a good while.

The dance brought my mind to a meditative place. A place where thoughts could pass while my body and soul were engaged in the passion, beauty and purity of what my eyes were seeing.

The relationship between the music and the movement is what allowed those thoughts to pass – there was a complexity in what I was seeing that connected deeply with me. Mr. King touched upon this in his post-show talk, mentioning that the world we live in is all music and our bodies get lost in music and sound from the minute we are born. What we do as we go through life is learn to shut it out and what he has done here is brought it back to life and to see how life is music. His company looks like the way the world looks, which is something he is very proud of and it shows through his work and his speech.

The most striking thing to me was their absolutely undeniable accuracy and clarity in expressing their movements. It is truly inspiring in a world where we are constantly trying to figure out how to express ourselves, who we are and what is the best way to share that. To see artists who have reached the near pinnacle of accuracy in expressing themselves and their dance, is a privilege.

What my life has revealed to me lately is compounded tenfold in reflecting on this performance: perspective and intention can reveal a lot about ourselves, to both ourselves and to others.

More on this in time. And if you are interested in more about DDF  feel free to check out the program and buy tickets!

Talk soon,

B-

Photo credit: Dublin Dance Festival Website

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Where we come from…

First of all it’s absolutely GORGEOUS out today in Limerick. My soul has been waiting for a day like this. I can just feel the energy in the air when I breathe and it’s the kind that recharges me.

If you have a chance today, take a few deep breaths outside. And breathe in the full, vibrant frequencies of your piece of the universe. Appreciate the Earth around you. It is Earth day after all :).

Anyway that’s besides the point. The air instantly reminded me of Boston, where I went to college. I happen to be rocking my tour guide jacket from Northeastern as well today. Coincidence ? I think not. I immediately felt grateful. A bit nostalgic but mostly grateful to my past self and my past experiences with past support networks, people and resources, who and which have aided my journey thus far.

They say you shouldn’t live in the past and I agree with them. Whoever they are. But this is my thought… When you are reminded of the past, you must acknowledge it. In my case, Boston and my days at Northeastern came back to visit me this morning and I am appreciative and grateful. So that’s a beautiful thing.

Where you’ve come from and what you’ve been through is all a part of who you are becoming. Acknowledging these experiences and what they’ve given you or put you through (if you see it that way) is what helps a person be constantly in touch with their most authentic self. Your most present and aware self is your most authentic and beautiful self. If you are pushing things away and avoiding things … How can you ever be fully here ?

So acknowledge your past. When it crops up every now and again, let it be there with you and breathe into it. Things come back to remind us of who we are and where we’ve come from. When we might need a bit of a boost or a helping hand to continue on the journey, these things can help to allow us to expand.

We are who we are because of where we have been. Acknowledge what comes up for you from days past because if not… who knows how they might affect your future days? Acknowledging past pains, pleasures and passings in the present allows you to learn to let them be and be free then to make choices now that will brighten your future.

You deserve it. Whatever it is. You deserve it all and more.Holding on to the past, reliving it and living through it will hurt you. Please don’t let yourself be hurting. This post is inspired by any and all of the people out there who have been troubled by experiences of their past. And a couple in particular who have fought and are continuing to fight the struggle of acknowledgement.

You can do it =)

Thoughts for a Friday anyway. Happy Earth day everyone!

Talk soon,

B-

Fall favorites. because fall is my favorite

Changing colors, dropping temperatures, pumpkin spice lattes: do these mainstays of Fall fill your heart with warmth — or with dread?

I absolutely love it. The fall is my favorite season. These are a few of my favorite things:

Warm sweaters and scarves that you can only break out when the weather chills.

That perfect type of weather that is not too cold because its crisp. It smells like clean air.

The crunch of leaves that have fallen off the trees under your feet as you walk.

Fall meals like homemade soups, chilli, meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

Going apple and pumpkin picking and using the pickings to make fresh pies.

Looking outside my back door at my backyard covered in leaves.

Raking up the leaves only to jump right into the giant pile and send them all flying again.

The smell of my house that has been lit up with delicious candles because the best season has arrived.

My birthday. I love my birthday.

Thanksgiving: my favorite holiday of the year with my favorite people and the best food.

Sweet potato anything. Pumpkin ANYTHING.

Did I mention casual scarves? You know the light pretty ones that you can only wear in the fall because if you wear them in the winter you will freeze your neck off.

Fall is a season for coming together. As the days get a bit shorter and the weather gets a bit colder and we get a bit busier, we all need an extra bit of love and comfort. Fall is about comfort and family to me. It is my absolute favorite. So as September brings routine… it also brings notions of the Autumn and my heart is most certainly filled with warmth.

PS That up there- Ireland is already in full fall mode- dead leaves all over the ground and not a single second to waste around turning into a beautiful color or anything. But everything still manages to stay pretty green though =) gotta love Dublin.

Inspired by The Daily Post