A real pleasure to welcome the incredibly talented @samgreenmusic.hq here in #theyogabarndevon .
A full house in such a stormy night ( 🙏🏽 thank you for supporting, everyone!)
Thank you for sharing your stories, presence and beautiful music with us! Hope you come and visit again soon, for #yoga and more music!💚
#Repost @samgreenmusic.hq with @get_repost
Absolutely beautiful evening at @theyogabarndevon yesterday. Big thanks to all who braved the stormy weather and came out to the show.
A LISTENING DANCEMINUTE.
#alisteningvideo and #DANCEMINUTE wrapped in one. Because, why not?
Most of the time, I do my thing with my earphones or music on, closed in my own headspace. It's fine, I like music. But today, i watched, and listened to the choir singing outside. I heard them, and all my memories of singing and hearing Christmas carols.
I listened to my own feet sliding, and the gym sounds outside the studio. All of it, in this moment.
If you listen very carefully, you can just about hear them dimly, and maybe me too, as I sang along under my breath. (You might need your ear trumpet for this one, @worldmvmnt ) 💖💖💖💖🎄🎄🎄💖💖💖💖 #danceeverywhere#dance#listening#mindfullistening#voiceandbody#movewithjoy#awareness#presence#movementisart
HOW IT FEELS TO BE HEARD
This was Leah's response to #alisteningvideo
I made for her. I'm sharing this to remind myself how it feels, to be heard.
Watching this, I felt listened to, myself. It was beautiful and appreciated. It helped me reconcile some of the questions and self doubts spinning around in my head this morning, about this thing, and everything I'm doing. And that meant the world to me, this grey Saturday morning.
I am asking you to do this, because I believe we have the capacity to listen to each other. Meaningfully, with heart and awareness. I beleive our hearts get bigger and stronger when we listen, and are heard.
So make one. Listen to someone here, fully, with all of your presence. And then show them, with a simple video, using your VOICE and BODY, that you hear them.
Is that so much?
#listening#mindfullistening#connection#community#voiceandbody#compassion#Repost @leahloui (@get_repost)
A love note to @miriammakesthings.
How beautiful it is to watch your work.
And how beautiful it is to show up and feel seen and heard. Thank you 🙏
BE MINDFUL MONTH ✨ DAY 7
Today’s challenge is a fun one! Turn on your favorite song and just listen. Don’t multitask, don’t do the laundry, don’t make dinner. Just listen. Well you can dance if you want, too! 😊
My song of choice today is Girls Like You by Maroon 5. Don’t judge my music choices. 😉 I’m a mom, what can I say? 🤷🏼♀️
What song did you listen to today??
LISTEN WITH YOUR BODY.
This is a moment of listening.
I listen to the soft thrum of her purrs. I listen to her body with mine, with fingertips that feel for scars across her skin (bc she's always getting in fights). I listen to the sound of her breath and her soft, wet nose, and listen for her calmness, her demands, and sometimes her agitation, her nervousness, her fears.
My breath slows and calms, too, as I listen.
I listen with all of me. She has a lot to say.
DOES ANYONE HEAR ME?
Is how I feel, really, when I sometimes post an rtv.
Will anyone listen? I am speaking into a black hole?
But I think we can truly hear each other.
I think we can. I think we can use these devices, these disparate connections we've forged through them for actual, meaningful connection.
It's perhaps a big ask of you. To listen, with the awareness of your whole body and being, for a minute, and share that with someone. It's not "easy" and it goes against the natural flow of digital media, where everything should feel easy.
I'm asking you to not check your other notifications while you listen to a person speak, to not double tap in 5s, to resist the urge to scroll on for the next hit.
And. Just. LISTEN.
You are cordially invited to LISTEN.
With your voice and breath, and BODY, and hands, and eyes. With ALL OF YOU.
You are invited to disrupt the relationship you have with this device you are reading these words on. To stop mindlessly scrolling and double tapping and swiping. And actually... LISTEN.
I couldn't repost Amy's, but Nick's response moves me to witness so much.
Isn't it a beautiful thing, to see and hear each other?
I love you both.
#mindfullistening#activelistening#listening#connection#community#voiceandbody#Repost @worldmvmnt (@get_repost)
This #rtv is my submission for @miriammakesthings’s #alisteningvideo.
It is a RESPONSE to one @ehrlicherz’s video addressed to me.
Amy, what you couldn’t quite capture in words, I could so clearly and vividly in your HANDS. And so the wholeness of this “listening” was all the more poignant and striking. Thanks for that.
And thank you, Miriam for MAKING THINGS.
Part 5!! Hopefully I'll stop.
But what happens after #alisteningvideo ?
It's really up to you. Do you sit there, in a loop, listening back and forth? That could be a really fruitful conversation for sure.
Or do you then take that energy, and maybe listen to someone else?
This isn't about reacting. Or judging. Did they hear me "right"? You don't need to "correct" what was heard or said. Simply thank the person for hearing you. And then give that gift to someone else. (I'm sorry. I get excited and have to figure things out as I go along. Is that more clear @worldmvmnt ? )
Part 2. Instructions for #alisteningvideo :
1. Take a minute. Sit in quiet. Feel the quiet. No distractions.
2. Listen to a person's #randomtalkingvideo . Don't fiddle or multitask. Minimise your non verbal reactions. Imagine you're listening WITH YOUR WHOLE BODY. See how that feels.
3. Take another minute. Again, no fiddling, no scrolling. Just sit.
4. Make your Listening Video. Say their name, names are important. Say WHAT YOU HEARD. What you took in.
1 minute. No longer.
5. Say thank you. Tag them.
A side note. The listenee (?) then becomes the listener. Can you just listen too? /end.
What happens after that is up to you. Do you listen to each other? Someone else? Pay it forward, why not. 😘
Part 1. #alisteningvideo .
Thus is an experiment into what it can feel like, to bring the practice of listening into this space. This is a continued exploration of how I understand and interrogate the connection of VOICE and LANGUAGE and BODY.
These are questions I am asking myself.
Can we listen? Truly listen? Bring our bodies and presence and awareness to each other? And what does it feel like, if we do?
We share and share our voices and presence, in this little digital space. But can we listen to one another too, here? Rtvs changed how I bring my voice in life beyond this. Can I bring the ability to listen to someone too, outside of this?
A listening without reactivity. Just to be here and say, I hear you.
“Interesting” - my new fave word... in all honesty, it affords me some precious time before a very human reaction of judgement.
We can all relate to this - to some extent; but... “instead of being Judge & Jury, doling-out [assumptions] ... imagine yourself as a curious Scientist... & explore the situation, looking for opportunities for greater understanding, compassion, connection & growth...
Judging separates & condemns.
Curiosity expands & connects”
Thanks @lindsayalive from one lindsay to another & from 1 being to all others...✨
Can you cross the tinsel without making the bells jingle??
Here is a simple activity to include into your program over the festive season to work on balance and concentration.
Have children take turns to walk across the tinsel while carrying the bells in their hand. The aim is to cross to the other side without ringing the bells.
-If you have a large group, you may like to set up 2/ 3 different paths.
-Have the children assist in creating the tinsel path into different shapes (circle, square, zig-zag etc)
Are you are paying attention really closely to the conversations that are happening right now in your life?
This season is full of opportunities for #mindfullistening because we have so many social engagements where we come into contact we are introducing ourselves to, catching up with, friends and family we have extended time with that allow us to drop into deeper conversations.
Through the lens of #evolvingmindfully we look to our conversations as a way of supporting compassionate awareness that brings us into the deeper inner conversation that really determines how we are speaking, relating and actioning in our lives.
And, most essentially, whether or not the way we are speaking is supporting what we truly desire to presence as well as what we're seeking to create within our #relationships
in our professional lives and community.
Does what we are saying ring true from a place of deep sincere authenticity.
Interested in dropping deeper into this conversations http://bit.ly/ConversationalAwareness #dcliving#mindfulspeech#conversation#selfawareness#svadhyaya