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!!!

The lamp is still burning

The New Colossus is still standing, the lamp still burning.

I hope.

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“Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:

I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

- Emma Lazarus -

In the month of December, we somehow celebrate the birth of an ancient and famous refugee with words and decorations of Merriness, Love, and Compassion.

Jesus and his parents were refugees. The nativity scene, depicts a family who were looking for a place to stay, only to be told there was no room for them.

And so they encountered fear.

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Even being harmless they were inspiring fear. Fear of the "others" , fear of loosing jobs, security, having to share wealth and space. With "the others".

And fear has been served in our relatively luscious lives. Daily. By the same civil servants that are elected to make sure that the very principles of our nation are respected. Fear of "the others".

Fear is powerful. And can be used to manipulate entire countries into horrific actions. History is full of blatant journeys of escalations to dictatorship and destruction of human rights. Destruction of freedom.

Fear. Going back to dark ages of empowerment of bigotry, racial and economic injustice and discrimination should generate fear. But that fear should also be transformed in courage and channeled into action. To keep going forward, step by step. Looking back and studying the mistakes of the past, with the full determination not to fall for that again.

For our lives, for the lives to the ones after us. For a brighter, thriving future of the human race, for the planet. And winter solstice. Stillness.

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Let's dance through Fear. Let's dance Fear. Let's become aware of what's really a danger for the future.

Let's celebrate compassion, courage and Love. Embrace Love!

Together. No borders. No walls.