Antipodes

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Antipodes are, as per definition from the Webster "Australia and New Zealand (used by inhabitants of the northern hemisphere)".

Well. I finally made it to the antipodes. Australia to be exact. They were in my bucket list, and because I was born in Italy I finally made it as far as I could, away from my native land. The second definition of antipodes is "the direct opposite of something". And as much as it is correct geographically, it's certainly not at all the experience I am having with the delightful people I have met, so far.

First thing first as we touch the Australian soil. Landing our bare feet on the sand and the ocean at Coogee Beach, Sydney, Australia

First thing first as we touch the Australian soil. Landing our bare feet on the sand and the ocean at Coogee Beach, Sydney, Australia

I am here as a 5Rhythms Teacher, together with my beloved Vehllia, holding our Heartbeat/Waves workshop Earth to Ether. I'm here, together with many beautiful souls and together we explored the elements and we stepped into them following the heart and the emotions that live in them. And the participation and the response was absolutely heartfelt and heartwarming. Earth in this continent is evidently powerful and the maps of the aboriginal artists are talking a similar language of the 5Rhythms maps. They are not coming from the rational and scientific view point, they come from the heart of wise humans with absolute connection with nature. Fire is in majestically made visible by the power of the sun and stored in natural colorful painting of the desert rocks. Water is all around and infinite beaches are bordering clear, alive and refreshing oceans, renewing and cleansing the shores and our bodies, surrendering to them. Air is the pristine kingdom of many amazing birds and buzzing insects and the sky is framed by Sistine chapels clouds. Ether remain invisible and mysterious but becomes palpable, if one stays open-hearted, in many magical incredible forms and shapes all around us.

Earth to Ether visual installation. L-R: Natalie Poole, Alessandro Moruzzi, Vehllia Tranne

Earth to Ether visual installation. L-R: Natalie Poole, Alessandro Moruzzi, Vehllia Tranne

Sunset on the Indian Ocean at Fremantle, Western Australia

Sunset on the Indian Ocean at Fremantle, Western Australia

We had a chance, before stepping into the delightful Melbourne, to travel a bit around this vast continent. We walk barefoot on desert sand and wash our feet in the clear waters of different Oceans. Too little time. There is so much to discover and to appreciate here. As there is so much to discover and appreciate all over in this amazing endangered planet. And there is so much to do to stop the crazy stupidity of some ignorant humans that cannot see what damage we are doing to this magical gift. So I am glad that I can travel and offer my two cents of love, respect gratitude and call into action to every possible corner I can visit and in every possible modality. I believe in the power of intention and I intend to be at service in any possible way to do all I can to give my grain of sand contribution to save the earth. And you can call me a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. We might be living in a dark moment, but giving up hope up on this, is at the antipodes of me.

Pinnacles Desert, dancing our bare feet on the sun-kissed land among the magical rock formations

Pinnacles Desert, dancing our bare feet on the sun-kissed land among the magical rock formations

Darkness can be the result of detrimental events, but the natural increasing darkness of the change of season can be an opportunity to meditate on our lives. Looking forward to dance and meditate with many of you in our celebration of the (Northern Hemisphere) Autumn Equinox: Inspired Darkness. Much Love to All.

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Stars, Falling Stars and the Night

Few days ago, I was peacefully floating in the healing warm waters of the Esalen baths. At night. Grateful to be invited, again, in this magical spot where the roots of the 5Rhythms are celebrated and thriving through the beautiful offerings of Lucia Horan. Proudly and humbly supporting and assisting her in a powerful, yet gentle, workshop: A Graceful Journey.

While I was in that end of the day state of bliss, meditating on the mind-blowing number of stars that form the Milky Way galaxy, I witnessed the biggest, most amazing and brightest falling star I have ever seen in my life, drawing, from as far as I could see from south to north, a super long, super luminous line of light crossing the entire sky on the background of a super starry, super clear night sky on a new moon.

Why am I still so super excited about it even now? It happens all the time. It's such a normal event to have starry nights and random anonymous rocks hitting our planets acquiring in their dissolution the noble title of falling stars.

This flying rock, silently, made me realize how much I miss the night, the dark sky and the light of the stars. This simple view of the depth of the Universe that we dilute and obfuscate too often with our artificial lights and devices. Our urban way of life. I am not against cities, progress and civilization and I am grateful for all the benefits we get from that, but the price we pay for it sometimes seems enormous.

Missing this visual and energetic connection with the depths of the Universe and the energy we get from lying down on the ground, surrendering to our gravity and and looking at the infinite is making us falling too easily in the trap of the alluring virtual amazement and the synthetic reality so easy to grab and consume. So we are diving into computer screens, light installations, fireworks and such. So we take more and more distance from the night, the darkness, the mystery of the creation and we forget the dimensional relation our body has with the tremendous, unimaginable size of the emptiness in between the stars. The Ether.

And our ego misses another natural daily chance to be checked and balanced. Did the falling star pointing at all the zillion stars in the milky way made me feel small? Yes. Did I feel minuscule and or insignificant? No. Quite the opposite actually. The fact is that, looking at that infinite darkness I strongly feel and believe that I am part of it. Actually: I am it. So I feel very powerful, amazing, ethereal and humble in the same instant.

I am a falling star. Appearing in the sky, drawing a bright line on it, and disappearing. Someone will see me, someone will not. Our life is just that. From Earth to Ether. Shining in my dance from the beginning, through the middle to the end of this existence, from the first breath to the last one.

From Earth to Ether.

We are all falling stars. All part of the same Mysterious Universe. Drawing luminous lines in the sky.

Let's turn the light every so often, let’s lie down on the ground, look up and silently ponder on how marvelous we are.

Then the sun will come back, as we give each other renewed smiles, receiving it all with grace.

If you are in Melbourne and/or know someone there, come dance a weekend of this magical journey together.

Earth to Ether: 5Rhythms Waves Heartbeat with Alessandro Moruzzi and Vehllia Tranne.

August 30 - September 1, 2019

We'll start our journey walking on Earth in Flowing and facing the primordial Fear. Going deeper in our inner power, we’ll embrace Fire, expressing our internal flaming energy in Staccato to confront our Anger. We'll surrender to the powerful waves of Water to deeply surrender in Chaos and release our Sadness. To enjoy Air and the communal celebration of our renewed lightness in Lyrical and find the ecstatic revealing of Joy. To arrive and dissolve in Ether, in the invisible, in the emptiness, in unity, in Stillness. To finally embrace Compassion. An end just before a new beginning. Join us in this travel through space, time and feelings, dancing the 5Rhythms, the Elements and the Emotions.

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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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