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!

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!