Friday, January 26, 2007

Try Day: Making Magic Together

This is my last week as host of Try Day at Create a Connection. I've had such a good time connecting and exploring together, and I wanted to choose an activity that would honour that experience as well as the magic that Melba's created. So I'm asking everyone to participate in a very simple exercise of supporting each other's wishes in the blog comments including the simple phrase, "As _____ wishes for herself, so I wish for her also." My wishes follow, but if you want to share your own wishes and support more people's, you can read more detailed instructions here.

As I sit here writing this, I notice my own resistance. Like somehow by asking for what I want, I'm not appreciating all that I have. Maybe you recognize that feeling. I have to stop and remind myself that it's okay to keep wishing in the same moment I give gratitude for all that I have. And with a breath and that reminder, here are my wishes.

Jamie's Wish #1: Grow my comfort zone.


The wall. I've seen it so often. I feel like I can make a certain amount of progress and no further. It's like I get to a certain point with my dreams and then I just go blank. My brain goes kind of dumb (or is it numb?). I just *blink, blink* like a deer in the headlights. It's almost as though my abilities have a certain range and when I take one step too far out my comfort zone, I shut down. Hello, wall. I'm pretty sure that we all have a wall and that it moves farther and farther out as we gain in experience and confidence. But I'll tell you, from my current perspective this wall seems thick, tall, wide and heavy and not about to budge. Originally I thought my wish was to push past the wall. But I think I would just like it to move it out instead. I wish to grow my comfort zone.

Jamie's Wish #2: Share the Joy of Dance

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If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know how much I love to dance and that I believe the joy of dancing is a treasure for each of us to know. For me, dancing reminds me of who I am. It connects me intimately with my body. It awakens my sensuality. And it tunes me in to the frequency of the Universe's voice. Shaking your booty is soul-stirring!

And for me dance has also been a broken dream, the kind with sharp edges that you hide inside so no one can see you bleeding. When I was young, all I wanted with my heart and soul was to be a dancer. But I was (and am) a curvy woman. And I'm only 5'4". And I didn't have great extension. And I started late. And... and... and... There were a million reasons that I thought I could love dance but not be a dancer. That was a wound I didn't think would heal. And then I started clubbing. That stirred the embers and reminded me of who I was: a dancer. And then I saw Nia for the first time. And I cried. In fact, I cried for the entire first year that I went to class. I lots of healing to do.

And here's what I know. Dancing belongs to everyone. And that means me. And that means you. You are a dancer because you dance. Let's be dancers together.

Last year I started the Shyne Like a Star Virtual Dance Party. On May 1st, I asked people to take 15 minutes to just dance (alone, with others, in your living room, in your office, anything goes!) and people around the world participated. I hope you'll join me this May 1st for the 2nd year of dancing! And I am so thrilled that at justBe... I will be connecting us through a shared dance experience with Nia. I'm so excited that this year I know at least with those 2 things I will be sharing the joy of dance and that makes my heart soar. I'm wishing for abundant opportunities to share the joy of dance.

Participate in Try Day's Making Magic Together and share your wishes too! For full instructions and to participate, go here.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh, Jamie, you are such a treasure! i honor your honesty and bravery in posting your wishes and the background behind them.

As Jamie wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.

With all my heart I wish for your dreams to come true.

I so wish I could be at justBe to dance with you! (I'm getting married that weekend.) but I'll be dancing my heart out at my wedding instead. :-) I am so drawn to Nia, but a little scared to join in a group. I plan to get over that fear this year.

And I love your dancing challenge. You can definitely count me in for May 1st. See, already you've shared the joy of dance with me! :-)

xoxo

Anonymous said...

Oh, Jamie, you are such a treasure! i honor your honesty and bravery in posting your wishes and the background behind them.

As Jamie wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.

With all my heart I wish for your dreams to come true.

I so wish I could be at justBe to dance with you! (I'm getting married that weekend.) but I'll be dancing my heart out at my wedding instead. :-) I am so drawn to Nia, but a little scared to join in a group. I plan to get over that fear this year.

And I love your dancing challenge. You can definitely count me in for May 1st. See, already you've shared the joy of dance with me! :-)

xoxo

suzie q said...

~*~ As Jamie wishes for herself, so I wish for her also ~*~

I am so moved by this post, Jamie, and I, too love to dance! I was 36 when I went clubbing for the first time and it was an amazing experience for me! I danced like I'd never danced before, and felt fitter & better than I ever had before! That was nearly 10 years ago now, and I haven't danced in a looong time...I'd never heard of Nia 'til I read this post, but it sounds wonderful...

I have a tiny comfort zone, that needs stretching, too! I can relate to so much of what you say about that..

Thanks to your inspirational post, I will start to dance again now (when no one's looking! ;)), and will most definitely be dancing with you on 1st May! :)

You have been such a wonderful host on CaC, and it has been such a pleasure to 'meet' you. I'm sat drinking from my beautiful new mug as I write! ;)

Thank you, Jamie. May all your dreams come true.

Blessings, Suze xXx

melba said...

I wish Jamie will let go and dance, dance, dance!!!!

I am committed to helping you achieve your dreams! We will be dancing again with you this May (I will get the day right this time!) And I will be dancing with you at justBe...!

I really do understand about THE WALL. For me, it is more of a lack of interest. I get so excited about something... thinking about it all the time, making plans, and then suddenely my enthusiasm will wane. In the past I let my dreams die. I am actually really surprised how long I have been blogging. Sometimes I get tired of it, but then I push ahead and I am glad I did. I have never been part of a community like this before; all the inspiration and support carring me through the times my interest lacks and then reignites my original excitement!

Thank you Jamie for being the first Try Day host. You have set an amazing example and given CaC a great archive of ideas to try.

XOXO,
Melba

Anonymous said...

As Jamie wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.

I really connected with the dancing dream. I am NOT a dancer by anyone's standards! I'm stiff, and uncoordinated and I just don't feel comfortable dancing but I will be there on May 1st to dance with you! I think we all need to push our comfort zone out there a little bit.

Anonymous said...

As Jamie wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.

I really connected with the dancing dream. I am NOT a dancer by anyone's standards! I'm stiff, and uncoordinated and I just don't feel comfortable dancing but I will be there on May 1st to dance with you! I think we all need to push our comfort zone out there a little bit.

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Deb R said...

As Jamie wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.

These are some wonderful wishes and I really want them to come true for you! (BTW, your second wish is closely related to something I'm posting for the self-portrait challenge in a few days.)

Anonymous said...

As Jamie wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.

Thank you, Jamie for sharing so freely of yourself.

Sacred Suzie said...

~ As Jamie wishes for herself, so I wish for her also ~

You have always been a dancer, performer and motivator Jamie. I can't remember you not performing in some way and dance definitely touches your heart to the core. I love that image of you dancing, you look so happy!

That brick wall is hard to get over, through, blow up but I know you can do it. I believe in you!

I'll be dancing with you all on Beltane and hope R will dance with me again this year.

You've been an amazing host Jamie! Always filled with fantastic ideas.

Anonymous said...

As Jamie wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.

This is a lovely post - and you already ARE doing it! I posted this week about my past year and part of that post is about you inspiring me to dance!!

I wish I could do a Nia class with you - maybe someday!!!

xo

Anonymous said...

As Jamie wishes for herself, so I wish for her also!

You've really reminded me of how much I loved to go dancing while I was in college...A group of us would go out and just dance and dance and dance... It was wonderful--no sister saying "You look funny when you dance," no mom saying "Well, maybe you shouldn't be so enthusiastic." (You see, those are my 'walls') Just other people who wanted to move.

My seven year old and I danced one night last week when everyone else was gone--she put on some Spongebob music and we had a blast. Maybe we need to do that lots more often!

Count us in for May 1st--

I have this image--maybe instead of the wall moving away or disappearing, you should just walk up to the wall and touch it--pretty soon you can just climb right over it...Like you did with your dancing.

Anonymous said...

As Jamie wishes, so I wish for her also!

Thank you for this idea. I haven't posted mine yet, but I'm thinking on it!

Megan said...

I agree with all Jamie's wishes and believe they will come true, because I wish the very same things for her.

(I'm a rebel, I never do things just the way I'm told!)

Thanks Jamie, I think those are fantastic and really challanging wishes. And wow, look at what you start when you share a little bit of yourself like that!

Anonymous said...

As Jamie wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.

Shannon said...

As Jamie wishes for herself, so I wish for her also!

Great wishes Jamie :)

Etayne said...

As Jamie wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.

:) ..and thank you...