Freedom

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July is here.

And so is the fourth.

Independence day: beer, friends, BBQ and of course loud and colorful fireworks. All traditional celebratory independence manners, that as the dictionary would note, are showing desire for freedom. 

Freedom.

And don't we all desire freedom? 

And here we could start a long conversation, done many times in endless nights with friends, philosophers, politicians, musicians and artists. 

I am still committed to it, as I was back then, but now I go one step further inside myself this time. Into the invisible, into my spirit. And that's where I find my freedom clarity. That's the first step to start and then, eventually, move onto action for sharing and promoting freedom with the world around.

The words of Gabrielle Roth, once again, come to mind: 

“It takes discipline to be a free spirit.”

Discipline! Regular dancing is my discipline. Dancing my freedom with discipline. Following Gabrielle's maps, searching for the movements that free the parts of my body that have been enslaved and constricted by conventions, fears, impositions, proper rules, bigotry and religious stigmas.

To experience the connection with the earth, the fire within, the cleansing of the water and the lightness of the air. To discover freedom in my spirit.

Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose, says Janis Joplin. Oh, I love her too.

Happy Fourth!

April (and April Fools' Day)

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I will be missing my favorite April's Fools Day celebration in San Francisco this year: Saint Stupid Day parade.

It's a decade long traditionally funny, amazing and provocative way to start the month and somehow to start the beginning of a new year of foolishness. Over and over again, celebrating human stupidity as a sort of enlightening religion. Sadly so, serious stupidity is both consciously and unconsciously practiced by many people of any age, gender, race and social status in our world. I don't even want to start listing how many stupid choices, so tragically, many of us do, unfortunately affecting every one else too. This practice is specially evident in this unbelievable historical moment, where our major leaders are leading us, successfully so, on a horribly sad and ruinous path. 

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I am not home at the moment, I am in Asia. Ecstatically grateful to be invited to offer the 5Rhythms practice and hold space for a short but intense journey through the emotions offering here, in Singapore, my latest Heartbeat workshop, Heart Warrior. Very honored and delighted to be on the southern hemisphere, to explore and celebrate, together with this new tribe, the power of this practice that transformed my life. The power that this moving meditation has on the connection within ourselves and with others, discovering our own potential and supporting our personal growth in integrity with our personal truth. To find the out that we can change the perception of our existence and then, that ultimately it can be the very first step to contribute energetically and practically to a much necessary change for a world that is in need of compassion and justice, more than ever. In need of open minded, open-hearted people willing to support resolutely for the necessary changes of rules and regulations of stale old systems and beliefs that are taking all of us on a dark path of destruction. Moving Meditation for moving action, to stand proudly for equality, human rights respect and care for our environment. 

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In this last three days, together with an amazing group of people coming from many different countries, speaking different languages and stepping into the path of the heart, I experienced the willingness and the power that comes from the unified field of our existence and that reveal itself so clearly when the conditions are present. So I dance proudly with this beautiful humans inspiring each other to step as peaceful warriors on the path to fight the greed, the shortsightedness and ultimately the stupidity generated by too many insane leaders and way too many brainwashed followers.

I believe we can. Together. Step after step. Breath after breath. Moving toward the light. With Love.

I Love February

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February is when red hearts are pretty much everywhere. Flying balloons, candies, wish cards, t-shirts, jewelry and so on. The word Love is following or preceding sentences in every possible way. Romance is a must and so chocolate and champagne and flowers and...

And so here I am, bringing my contribution and my take to this celebration of Love

Love has been my mantra since long time ago. Not only the romantic love, that I enjoyed it and still do practice it very much, grateful to my adorable partner, but the one love that can be found in every instant of our existence. In every living being, flower, sound, color, poem, breath, song, dance and even in a grain of sand or a drop of rain.

I believe in Love. It is the most powerful and transformational energy that humans can experience. It is our life force, we all have it inside us, and we can fully appreciate it by embracing all our emotions.

Some of us might not see it, deny it, fear it, underestimate it, even reject it. That's when we would need to revisit our basic emotional map. To find out how powerful they are, how amazingly we can experience and relate to them, feeling, walking and dancing through them. Supported by the 5Rhythms practice and by activating dynamically the life force within us.

Embrace Love is the upcoming Heartbeat workshop I will be offering in San Francisco on February 15-17, supported by The City Waves.

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Don't miss the opportunity to explore and embrace your emotions and to dance through them, to embrace your heart and the love that wants to flow through it. I’ll meet you there!

Sharing with you a testimonial from my last Heartbeat workshop in Oregon:

"How to describe my experience of Heartbeat with Alessandro Moruzzi facilitating? It was visceral, raw, pulsating and took me to a very clear place within myself...I felt my Staccato fire more fully within this workshop than I ever had previously. It was so rich and satisfying to witness my home community experience the Heartbeat Map for the first time...to witness fresh tears, rage, grief mixed with laughter. How can I put into words such an exposure? I felt and saw a cohesive group connect, crest, break open, enter grace and hold each other throughout the process. I witnessed dancers speaking their truth, voicing their needs and being fully supported by Alessandro and the Heartbeat Map he has been steeped in. The words that seem the most alive within me as I reflect ~ naked, inspired and grateful." - Adrienne Lee, 5Rhythms SpaceHolder at Columbia Gorge, Oregon

"In Heartbeat we explore our emotions as energy, as power, as part of being human. Old feelings that have been locked in our limbs or caged in our chest begin to shake loose. We get comfortable with feelings, neither hanging onto them nor pushing them away.
FEAR ANGER SADNESS JOY COMPASSION
The Focus: the spontaneous heart.
The Outcome: We can feel when our hearts are open, when they are closed, what all this has to do with love and how badly everybody needs and wants it." - 5Rhythms Global

To conclude I'd like to offer some quotes from Gabrielle Roth's Maps to Ecstasy, Chapter Two; Expressing the Heart | The Power of Loving:

Love is, essentially, the primal energy of all our emotions flowing.

Love is the healthy functioning of our whole emotional system.

The expression and release of our true feelings constitute the essence of loving.

Moving the body through the rhythms necessarily releases the emotions. Freeing the body leads inevitably to free the heart. Emotions need to flow like the blood circulating our body.

Express the heart, free the emotions to experience the power of loving.

Midnight

Midnight. Always the instant where the day change.

On December 31st the change is even more evident. Marking the end, and the inevitable beginning of our calendar year. Just a practical convention. The Gregorian calendar was a mathematical invention done in 1582 to fix a preceding messy way to keep tracks of time, the Julian calendar. Still carrying some error in it. That got fixed, somehow, with the leap years addition. Other cultures use different counts, starting the count at other times and measuring it in different ways. However we ended up accepting this way, almost everywhere, to agree with each other, at least setting our clocks and calendar in sync with each other…

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What is time anyway? Does time really exist? No matter on what numbers or definition of time we embrace, I can say that I personally experience beginning and ending, related to time. Over and over again. Year to year, month to month, day to day, season to season, full moon to new moon, sunrise to sunset, birth to death.  

So, let's agree that one "year" of our life has passed at midnight on December 31st. We experienced, in billion different ways, consciously or not, that passage from one year to another. That blink of an eye, instant of neutral suspension from the very official ending of 2018 to the very official beginning of 2019.  

One year has gone and another begins. 

What was gone with it? What will come after? 

We could meditate on the past and projecting into the future, creating more new year’s resolution.

We could make a lists of success and failures, joys and sorrows, ups and downs.

We could make plans and draw schedules and formulate proposition and intentions. 

I could, I should. I did.

All good. All commendable. All essential and proper.

But I also want to share how much I appreciated experiencing that blink of an eye in between years. 

That speckle of emptiness that is in between the in and the out breath. That invisible moment detached from the past and the future. 

The present.

00:00:00 was amazing. 

It was invisible, odorless, immaterial. It was nothing. It was emptiness. 

I was in it for eternity and I went through it in a blink of an eye.

The present.

I want to find it again into my dance, into my teaching, into my life. I want to live into that infinite nothingness and embrace all that comes with it and becoming fully aware that I'm in it. That I am it. 

Not only once a year. Not only at midnight. Always.

Dance all of this with me, with us. Let words and thoughts and theories and concepts dissolve in the ether. Come as yourself and dance in emptiness, in eternity, in the present, embracing that invisible dynamic energy that keeps all of this in motion: Love. 

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Embrace Love. Love for ourselves, for another, for the world, for our lives. 

May this new year bring inspiration and clarity for all of us. And may the dance of Love guide us toward the brightest Light. Happy 2019!!!

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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