Posts Tagged "connection"

Dancing Chipmunks

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Events, Featured, Quotes & Thoughts, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Dancing Chipmunks

Dancing Chipmunks

“I know dance is good medicine for me at these times. Especially at these times.” – Cate Laurier I started my dance “career” as a dancing chipmunk in an elementary school production of The Sound of Music. That was because I didn’t get selected for the chorus, which is what I’d really craved. After recovering from the disappointment, I found myself backstage in a precocious moment of Zen clarity. I chose to dive in fully.“Well gosh darn, I’ll be the best dancing chipmunk I can possibly be”. I danced my heart out. It was exhilarating. What I learned in my 15 seconds of fame is the power of presence. It’s a lesson I find myself needing to return to time and time again. Dance is one of the places I feel most at home. Dance is a way to be with myself. It’s a powerful path to connect and transform. Putting on a high energy song can instantly change my mood. Sometimes astonishingly. But not always. Dance is also where I meet some of my “gnarly knots”. I can’t always look to dance as an escape or instant energy boost or way to transcend troubles. It’s not always about flying high. Sometimes, vexingly, it’s a place to meet myself in all my messiness. And it can feel very tempting to run away from that! I know dance is good medicine for me at these times. Especially at these times. I don’t always take it. I love exhilaration as much as anyone. But sometimes I need to dive deep into the turbulent river or stagnant waters. Trust the power of transformation. The invitation to being present in dance is a funny paradox. Dance with where I’m at, no matter where I’m at. AND trust the power of transformation. But don’t DEMAND it. I need to hear my own soul words inside and really take them to heart: “Come, come, whoever you are, however you are, bring your joy, bring your struggle, bring your power, bring your tenderness, bring your weariness, bring your energy, bring your playfulness, bring your tears. All are welcome here.” By: Cate Laurier (Cate Laurier is a member of the Source Centre community and loves to dance and explore inner landscapes. She facilitated the June Monthly Groove dance party.)...

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Celebrating and Appreciating You!

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in Events, Featured | Comments Off on Celebrating and Appreciating You!

Celebrating and Appreciating You!

Appreciation: Recognition of the quality, value, significance, or magnitude of people and things.  Often through showing gratitude. We practice a great deal of gratitude at Source Centre whether it’s in our daily routine of acknowledging and supporting each other or at our staff meetings where a round of gratitude is shared. Expressing appreciation and thanks is great for maintaining our health and keeping anxiety at bay. Opt for a happy and healthy lifestyle by showing your gratitude—you can express your appreciation for anything and everything! We are immensely grateful for all the extraordinary people who make up our community, and this means YOU! We thank you for your participation, your sharing, your commitment to health, and of course for your business. We appreciate the opportunity to share with you, sometimes cry with you and especially be able to grow with you. Our way of showing our thanks to you is by inviting you to our very special event, “Celebrating and Appreciating You”. We hope you and your special guests will be able to join us on Friday July 4th for an evening of complimentary Network care, raffles, prizes, refreshments, fun, and community. Please RSVP by emailing us at health@sourcentre.ca or calling...

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Dance, Dance, Dance

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Events, Featured, Health | Comments Off on Dance, Dance, Dance

Dance, Dance, Dance

This is the title of one of my favorite songs by Steve Miller Band.  Here are the opening lyrics: My grandpa, he’s 95 And he keeps on dancin’ He’s still alive My grandma, she’s 92 She loves to dance And sing some, too I don’t know, but I’ve been told If you keep on dancing You’ll never grow old… I agree!  I love to dance (and sing some too)! Dancing has been a significant part of my life ever since I was a teenager.  I have never had any formal training in dance and I don’t think it is at all necessary to develop a love of dance and enjoy the many benefits. Why do I love to dance?  I love music and I love allowing it to move me and my body.  I love to dance in community and enjoy celebrating life through music and dancing.  I love to be expressive and creative with my movements and try different moves and rhythms out.  I love how dancing brings me into my body and into the present moment.  I love that every person, at any age, with any ability can be included in dance. I love how it is a way to bring people together.  I love that I get to exercise my body while I am having fun and don’t even feel like I am “working out”. As a chiropractor, I think dance is a wonderful way to enhance health and wellbeing.  I often recommend dance as a form of exercise, whether in dance classes, events, parties, or dancing at home (this is what I do a lot of). I especially appreciate free movements when it comes to dancing.  What we know about the body is that it appreciates random, non-repetitive movements that cause many different muscles, large and small, to be firing and this helps our joints and spines be in healthy alignment.  Free, or ecstatic, dance is a way to move the body without any structured or choreographed movements. Here at Source Centre we are hosting our first monthly ecstatic dance event on Wednesday, April 23rd starting at 7:30pm.  We invite you come to dance and play with us.  We aim to create a safe space where everyone feels welcome, free to be themselves and free to move their bodies as they please.  If you feel perfectly at ease with dance, or if it is new and scary for you, just come, we welcome all of...

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Year of the Horse – Year of the Heart

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in Featured, Health, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Year of the Horse – Year of the Heart

Year of the Horse – Year of the Heart

(Image: ‘The Horse Vigorously To Running Calligraphy Greeting Cards’ by Boians Cho Joo Young/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net)   Many Chinese communities all over the world celebrate the Chinese New Year this week and welcome the year of the horse. A short recap: According to ancient Chinese philosophy, there are two main cycles in nature representing the order of the universe. The first is a cycle of 10 (“stem”) and the second, a cycle of 12 (“branch”). Within the great 12 year cycle, every year is represented by a sign that symbolizes the characteristic of that year, much like the famous zodiac known in the west. Each branch, in addition to its correspondence to an animal, has a deep relationship with an organ in the body. It is important to keep in mind that an “organ” in Chinese Medicine is a wider term than it is in Western Medicine: there is the physical organ and physical function, and it also includes its meridian, and its emotional and spiritual functions. This year is the year of the horse and the corresponding ‘organ’ is the heart. In many ancient cultures and philosophies the horse represents something very spiritual relating to Life force, freedom, and a spirituality and bond connecting the horse and the warrior. In the Chinese classics one finds the reference “the heart is the human heart”. From this, we understand that the heart referred to in Chinese medicine is not the muscle pumping blood and driving the animal body. Rather, this thing we call the heart is the home of the spirit. The human spirit. It is this function that has our body working as a whole and complete entity. To do this, its strongest tool is communication. And humans have a unique ability to communicate through words and speech. So, how can we help our heart function to its full potential? In the eyes of Chinese medicine, disease forms when a part of the body doesn’t follow the spirit. In other words, we can say that the other organs are not following the rules laid down by the heart. Therefore the heart’s most important task is to communicate with all the other organs, to unite them as one complete system. When this doesn’t happen, disease forms. The heart’s “secret” to great communication is being open and empty. We can think of holism as stemming from the word hole.  A hole is something that is open and accepting to all, empty and free from attachments and judgments. To be a hole will allow us to communicate with our own spirit and with the universal spirit. It is that hole that allows us to become holy. The key for health, especially during this year of the horse-heart is communication: ©      With ourselves and with our surroundings. ©      Listening to our intuition and inner voice while at the same remaining open to other people’s ideas, needs and feelings. Isn’t it interesting that the Chinese characters for listening, seeing, and thinking, are all written with the radical heart in them? Wishing us all unity within ourselves and our community, and a great ride on the year of the horse. Yuval Blum, R.TCMP, R.Ac   ...

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feminine energies, winter and finding inner voice

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Featured, Quotes & Thoughts | Comments Off on feminine energies, winter and finding inner voice

feminine energies, winter and finding inner voice

(Image: ‘Yin Yang Moon’ by Exsodus/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net) For me, I feel the winter is a great time to dive into my feminine energies. Why? Winter is a Yin time of year which corresponds with the feminine. My teacher, Racheal Jayne Groover who developed the Art of Feminine Presence™ practice, has put it this way: “A woman who embodies her feminine essence (Yin) is intimate with her internal experience. She often looks inward to her physical, emotional, and energetic body to guide her. She waits for the “right time” to make a choice or a change. Attuned to her intuition, she does not feel the need to rush ahead or struggle to achieve her goals.” This is winter for me. A time to snuggle up at home, within myself and connect with how I’m truly feeling and what it is I truly want for myself. A time to process, and integrate what’s led me to this point and to listen to the deep inner voice and the stirrings of what wants to be born next. I struggled for years to make contact to this ‘inner voice’. I knew it existed but my connection to it was unreliable and tenuous at best. I doubted so much. It wasn’t until I attended my first Art of Feminine Presence™ (AFP) class where within the evening’s practice, miraculously and undeniably I ‘heard’ it (I actually saw it but that’s for another post). I was blown away by the guidance I received and I was understandably hooked on the AFP practice. For me the AFP practices are a lot about embodiment and opening up new and ever more potent experiences of Presence. As a result, it’s difficult to describe or talk about. It means significantly less than the actual experience. So, you may have heard that now I am a certified teacher! As it is a practice, I continue to go deeper and so my experience keeps expanding. The best I can offer is some of what I feel in this moment: more  grounded and centred than I have ever felt in my life a greater feeling of safety, of joy, of the ‘rightness’ of things an enhanced sense of my place in the world and with the people with whom it is shared deeply connected to my intuition and inner guidance enhanced intimacy in personal relationships We have been hosting introductory evenings called “Getting in Touch with Your Feminine Essence” at Source for over a year, and now there is more feminine energy flowing than ever before… I chose to ‘teach’ this work so that I could go deeper into my own practice. In doing so, I am continually struck by how powerful it is. I am awestruck and humbled and so very grateful to experience and share space with bold, generous women exploring and reclaiming themselves. This is spiritual work of the sort that I’ve been searching for my entire life. I lead a weekly closed group that runs for 5 week and then starts up again. This February 1st, we’ll also be doing a one day intensive for anyone wanting to jump right in and not having the time for an ongoing series.  Please call me at 416-923-4325 or email me if you’d like more information or to join us. And stay tuned for more posts. The adventure has just begun. In Love & Wholeness,...

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