Matters of the Heart

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Last Fall I fell in love with my heart and many other hearts beating ardently in the chest of the delightful tribe of the Gorge in Oregon. Last month I embraced love in San Francisco and I was embraced by the bursting love of everyone in this home community, my family. And soon I will carry with me all of this emotional amazing support and powerful strength all the way to Asia, to Singapore, offering a weekend of what will be their first 5Rhythms Heartbeat workshop.

As a paladin of the Heart Warrior I will be standing respectful and proud of the honor and the commitment I made to bring my offering to the world. It is such a gift to be able to share this practice to many in the four directions. I am ready to step together with all the hearts that I will be meeting over there, into the journey of the emotions. Feeling already the inspiration that comes from that land and the ancestors that populated myriad of islands, navigated perilous seas and witnessed in awe the power of tremendous volcanoes. The history of that is still there. Deep in the bones and in the soul of the people. It can’t be denied, it can’t be hidden, as much as it can’t be let out of control. It’s a deep warrior power that resides in the heart.

It's not an easy and straight path. It takes time and courage, and openness. After many years of trials and errors, gurus and shamans meetings, explorations of many traditional and alternative directions, I am still learning. And, if nothing else, welcoming errors as another possible way to grow. Still learning how to give proper space and directions to all the responses that my body, mind and heart collect and process to transform my energy into action. Standing with the full energy of a peaceful warrior, with clear mind, strong heart and fluid body. 

The 5Rhythms is and has been my best map to step fully supported in all of this. 

Gabrielle Roth said: "The only way out is through". I would add: through it, over and over. Wave after wave. Breath after breath. Day after day. Life after life.

Dancing it all. Eternally.

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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!!!

This Fall I Fell In Love

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'Fall In Love With Your Heart' was the title of my very first Heartbeat workshop I was honored to facilitate. And here, in the beautiful Columbia Gorge, surrounded by rivers, waterfalls, mountains, trees, colorful autumn leaves and together with other 44 amazing hearts I adventured in a three days journey through the 5Rhythms map of the emotions.

"In the empty space between the beats of our hearts rest the essence of our deepest emotional being. A heart that surrenders to its feet fills a body that moves in its essential rhythmic beat." Jonathan Horan

And I, we, explored that empty space.

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We walked. We danced. We screamed. We cried. We laughed. We stepped in with our humbleness and vulnerability, showing ourselves openly and witnessing the others, with gratitude and full attention in a safe and welcoming space. Together. In sacred unity. Guided and supported by commune intents, reciprocal trust, deep respect and care for each and everyone's courageous heart that embarked in this journey.

So I also did (again and again) fall in love with my heart. 

I did have the opportunity to offer my own vulnerability, my imperfection, my full presence and my learning. And to navigate through this map trusting my feet, my breath and the rhythm of my heart. 

How can one not fall in love with his/hers/their hearts? And be fascinated by it? And desiring to take good care of it? And be inspired. And feel. Feel. Feel. Feel. Everything. 

And that. Of course. It's just the first step in our conscious life's journey. Moving towards Love for another. Towards Love for All. Toward Spirit.

Grateful for you all. Stepping forward. With more Love in my Heart. Ready to share it all. Again and again.

"Dance to fall in love with the spirit in all things." Gabrielle Roth

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.