New Year message from Madeline Black

2018 Happy New Year The start of a new year is a wonderful opportunity to give your inner focus the time to come forward. For me, this happens when I sit quietly with few distractions and while I move my body. Today, my inner thoughts and feelings bring me to my desire for ease, grace, and joy. How am I able to live my daily life with my desire to have ease when faced with external stresses. One way I do this is to reference my body. If I track my breath, I am able to read how well I am feeling ease. My breath reminds me what state I am in the moment. At times when in a calm state of rest then my breath is slow and even. Then I have a need to excelerate my energy to do a task, be productive and work, my breath increases. When I find myself holding my breath, my body feels stiff, and rigid. Certainly no ease or joy is present.

Movement is breath and breath reminds me to move. What moves me is not only the breath, it is my friends, relationships, sharing and caring for the human body and human being. I am influenced by all of these interactions. Recently, dear friends gifted me a book, titled "The Book of Joy" by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams. In reading this book, I am moved by the wisdom and love Desmond Tutu and the Dali Lama share between themselves and for all humanity. I am taking to heart their words and the feelings I experience as I read.

The quote from Desmond Tutu: "Discovering more joy does not, I'm sorry to say, save us from the inevitablity of hardship and heartbreak. In fact, we may cry more easily, but we will laugh more easily too. Perhaps we are just more alive. Yet as we discover more joy, we can face suffering in a way that ennobles rather than embitters. We have hardship without becoming hard. We have heartbreak without being broken."

In my own life and my approach to movement is helping people find joy in their body. I am intending to manifest more joy in my body too.

Inspirit and Joy