Giving and Receiving

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Giving and Receiving

On September 22, for one second, (exactly at 6:54pm) our planet's seasonal duality will be in perfect balance. Day and night will have the same length, the same value, the same influence on our astral system.

Light and dark, yin and yang, masculine and feminine, giving and receiving, sweet and sour, good and bad.

I see that as an instant of perfect stillness, in a perfect moment of exchange of giving and receiving. A stellar balance.

Then again they will differ in time. In our northern hemisphere, we'll start slowly slowly, day by day, getting into shorter daylight, stepping into autumn.

It's a traditional believe that light is celestial, positive, beneficial and associated with goodness. But I believe that darkness is not exactly the opposite. Darkness might induce fears for being associated with mystery and the unknown but it has immense value and ultimately it holds its own powerful radiance.

In darkness we can find unexplored inspiration, peace and softness, as much as in light. Inspired Darkness.

In darkness things might disappear but we can appreciate the surrounding favoring other senses, and actually it is only in the darkness that faint sparks of inner fire become visible. 

And if we could surrender and open ourselves to that, we could appreciate our internal sparks and see all the treasures hidden in our inner world.

Discovering and receiving our hidden powerful inner strength and giving it out to others, can be done embracing darkness. 

And so it is Practicing Compassion. 

Starting from that instant where light and dark harmoniously dance together in Stillness.

Summer Peaks

Still summer. Here. Still winter in the southern hemisphere. We will be jumping today, from long days to long nights, traveling, south of the equator. All the way to Peru.

I am always amazed at how just in a few hours of flight we can change season, temperature, language, food, attitude and so on. 

A few years ago it took me a few months of daily riding to make it over there on my motorcycle, from San Francisco. I actually rode from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. And going through Peru was one of my favorite part of the trip and I really loved it.

 At the height of 7970ft / 2430m above sea level with the sacred Macchu Picchu

At the height of 7970ft / 2430m above sea level with the sacred Macchu Picchu

In a few days, Vehllia and I will be bringing our 5Rhythms teaching there, in a weekend workshop called Path to the Center | Camino al Centro.  Honored to be invited and excited to bring our sacred offering in that consecrated and venerable land.

North to South. In our Path to the Center. And of course bringing our ancestral connections from East and West. 

Path to the Center. Where the cardinal directions are just a way to embrace and to encompass the Universe all. The center is inside us. We are one with the Creation and with its mysterious immensity. I always loved the infinite sign: "∞". And I consider our universe, our existence and our spirit infinite. No defined beginning, ending, borders, no mine or yours and ultimately no explanation either. I love science, but I see the amazing discoveries we keep doing as a never-ending conversation that will in fact never end.

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So I prefer to dance. And our direction this time will be directly to the Center. To the Moving Center. To the discovery of our own truth. Through our movement. Connecting heart, mind, body and soul. To the Center.

Then we will be back. And we will bring with us spiritual gifts and discoveries from that consecrated and venerable land. And once again we will be offering our practice in another workshop. Earth to Ether. Navigating through the elements. Culminating in a full moon ritual where we will be honoring the mystery, the wonder and the power of our natural existence.

If you can't make it to Peru, join us for a post Peru workshop, in San Francisco on a full moon weekend. Promise it will be amazing!

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Fire and Fire

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The month of July is here. Here in San Francisco, we even had a couple of weeks of real summer weather. Streets in the City are so much less crowded and quiet, it feels good. Noticing that the Sun light has that eerie familiar amber color. The haze and speckles of ashes from the many fires around us are filtering the air. Fire can get out of control and be devastating but fire can also be the force we need to forge metal, to warm us up in the cold of winter or when activated inside ourselves; in our moving center, it can give us strength to stand up to affirm ourselves, to make the first step for change, for renewal, for peace and for justice. 

And in these days, in this country, in this confusing social derailment we need to stand up for this principles more than ever. For the survival of this beautiful planet and her endangered nature, for the right of all people, all people, to have a free and dignified life. For the children to be with their families and to be taken care of, together, in unity. We don't want to see children in cages, we don't want to build walls anymore, dividing people. We need to build bridges. 

We can rebel, we can protest, we can march, we can write to our representatives and be creative and effective with our daily choices and actions.

And yes, a lot of what we are seeing happening, outrage us, frighten us, sadden us and cause suffering. 

So here, once again, an inspiring quote from Gabrielle Roth.

"Turn your Suffering into Art, turn you Art into Awareness and turn your Awareness into Action."

Dancing is Art. Let's dance. Together. Rebelliously. Lovingly. Let your inner fire burst out in action!

Full Circle

Everything started with my own birth, right where I am now, at this time of writing.

Almost 68 years has passed and many stories I could tell.

But today I want to honor and focus on the emotions side of my journey on the planet. And the full circle of this.

In Italy we always favor the heart to the brain. And when we would get in trouble we would dive into it, totally heartfelt.

So did my mother, an avid dancer; when, very young and full of Joy, became pregnant with me, making passionate love to an even younger man who’s Fear of commitment made him run away. And so she struggled with the Anger of her parents and the Sadness of being alone. But alone she was not, as I was there for her, all the way. Many times gifting her with the troubles that a rebellious wild son can bring, but also stepping in the role of father when necessary. And ultimately holding her hand through a long illness, all the way to her death bed, fully embracing Compassion and witnessing her last dance, stepping gracefully through the ultimate threshold.

And now, coming out from an amazing deep journey of transformation on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Completing my 5Rhythms Heartbeat Teacher Training right on the day of the anniversary of my mother's departure.

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This completion followed by an opportunity to teach a 5Rhythms class, in my own town, in my native language, the language of the heart. Renewed and recharged, completing another full circle of giving and receiving.

After the class, after the tears and the laughter, the drama and the quiet, I was invited to have a bite. And, they took me, without knowing where, right on the street were I was born. All around rubbles from WWII then, my childhood playground, gentrified nightlife hipster quarters now.

Same food, my food, same wine, my wine.

And then the T-shirt of our waiter got my attention. Another sign of my full circle journey!

Bologna-San Francisco-the world in between-and more. More dance in Italy during my time here.

Ending and starting again and again. Wave after Wave. Dancing with my Heartbeat more than ever.

With Love.

May Day Many Meanings

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Today is May Day that is referred in northern hemisphere as traditional spring holiday, and in many cultures and traditions as the ancestral celebrations of spring into summer and many pagans variations of it. "Dances, singing and cake are usually part of the festivities." -from Wikipedia

May 1st is also international day honoring workers and that is something that might be seen as too close to socialistic tendencies to have it moved officially to labor day.

"Mayday" also is a code for request for help in distressed situations.

Many meanings that I would actually condense together in a moment of communal reflection.

It's great for our spirits and our bodies to tune with the change of the seasons. It's a wonderful moment to actually enjoy the nature around us, in this time of the year, in the northern hemisphere, when flowers are blooming and all the energy accumulated in the ground is bursting out with all the possible vital enthusiasm.

It's very much a great day to honor all the honest hard workers in the world. And in particular to extend extra gratitude and to pledge support to the ones that perform the most humble tasks, at the lowest, and sometime unfair wages.

And to send a Mayday to the Universe asking for a breath of sanity to refresh the heart and soul of so many individuals that have lost the memory of the concept of the unified field that has held us all together, animals, plants, elements.

May we start re-thinking of the way we treat each other and the Planet.

May we bring in way more compassion, respect and love for each other.

May we really believe in peace.

Imagine that.

Words, words, words. I'll celebrate today with all of that in mind, now and I will be dancing and offering my heart to it. Would you join me?

Connection

This time Vehllia and I are traveling in two very diverse places on this beautiful planet.

I just came back from Lapland.

We shared few hours together at home, a smile, a hug. 

Than she left and just landed in Peru'.

I was in dusty crystals of frozen snow, she is now in dusty hot sand dunes.

South, North. 

Earth has ice and volcanoes, ocean and forest and all kind of diverse being on her, crawling walking, swimming and flying all over. And that makes her existence so perfect, so majestic, so mysterious. And so fragile too.

How can we be so different, so distant and yet so connected?

It's a matter of fact that we it can't be otherwise.

Everything is connected to each other exactly because of the extreme differences.  

And seeing and honoring this connection and this interdependence is the key for the survival of this amazing life we all have.

We need the ice of the poles, the deserts, the forest and the ocean, we need clean air and clear water and we need to respect and preserve the balance of all of that.

We need to respect what is distant and different. 

We need to feel the connection with it. 

We need to respect humans that are distant and different.

We need to feel the connection with them.

We need to Love the other.

We need to feel the connection.

 

Fool Moon

HAPPY EASTER FOOL MOON!

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So easy to make things appear different from reality. Our egg shaped moon is funny and harmless and nobody would believe it for a second. But it's so easy to spread foolish, deviant, fake news, images and ideas to millions of people. And so much of this is happening these days. So much damage is done by so many ruthless humans in search of power and control for whatever reason.

It's an ancient practice. Kings, priests, historians and charlatans have done and still do this for centuries and have created religions, believes, rules of laws and theories that unfortunately are still endangering the progress of human evolution, the society, our relationships. 

Fortunately there are ways to experience how to be together and be ourselves without the need to appear different or to create any type of image.

And our way to do that is dancing together regularly and holding a safe space where we can be true to ourselves. To create a space and time together where spontaneity and sincerity are all what count, and being who we really are is the first step to clarity, empowerment and freedom.

To be ourselves, to renew, to grow stronger and to make a difference in this foolish world.

Simplicity

Monday is our day off. Usually but not always. Last Monday Vehllia and I drove up to Mount Tamalpais, hiking through the Cataract Trail. Boots, a light backpack, some water some snacks. Big smiles. Breathing.

In 5 hours of hiking we met maybe a total of a dozen of people. A glance, a nod and so much silent respect for the communal desire to be out there in sacred land, mother nature. Away from our amazing and over complicated and complacent civilization.  And for a long time all we were hearing was the sound of the water. Sometime very subtle and soft, sometime quite roaring and strong. 

A delightful nature recharge, less than one hour from our City turf. What a blessed place we live in. So much overwhelming abundance of everything and then the abundance of simplicity.

Simplicity.

I believe in the power of it.

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What's more simple than water and gravity? What's more simple than clouds carrying soft rain landing on meadows and trees, forming thousand of gargling rivulets of water converging in serpentine paths to form a creek. Then running faster in steep terrain and falling and falling, dancing on the rocks, washing away dirt, old leaves. To finally slow down to a rest in the lake, where the reflection of trees and clouds finds its perfect counterpart.

I see the map of our 5Rhythms Wave in it. Once again, a natural and simple sequence of rhythms and energies. 

I recognize the power of the Simplicity of our practice. And I bath in it, I breath it, I renew myself. Over and over.

With simplicity. 

Together. 

Over and over.

Just like rain and waterfalls.