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One Week Until Dancing in Lava

I’m getting super excited… it’s one week until we are hanging the lights, tuning up the guitars and dancing in Lava Hot Springs

Join us: Nov 3, 4 & 5, Lava Hot Springs Idaho

There is still time to sign up and plenty of room. We have some special events planned.

Ginger Nuria is going to be teaching Sufi 101 – Learn about some of the basic teachings, a bit of history and you can ask questions.

Zareen will be teaching Zen 101 – a lighthearted look at the traditions, some stories, and how it can enhance your life… with a slight touch into mystic Christianity and how they may relate.

Aaaaaaannnnnd… we’ll be launching the Mystic Caravan! Learn how you can help.

Food & Planning

Please let us know that you are coming. We are starting to buy food and make final plans. We need to know numbers and want to see your shining face.

More info, and to sign up: https://liveatlava.com

Love Zareen and the gang

 

The Number One Most Healing Substance…

The number one most healing substance in the world is another human being. Yes, studies on longevity show, over and over again, that people with close community live the longest. So what do you do if you are out there floating around in this stressful world and feeling disconnected?

The answer is dance camp!

A weekend with the Dances of Universal Peace has everything needed to spark up your human relaxation and communion genes. We don’t need any preaching, or analysis. We simply get in a circle and move together to some easy music. We use simple phrases from the many spiritual traditions of the world as that allows us to benefit from so much human wisdom. We have fun melodies and simple movements that get us moving together as one.

Music is also healing. Movement is healing. It’s almost a miracle how quickly these simple things brings hearts of strangers into harmony.

If you are feeling a bit stressed these days we’d really love yo have you come join us. Your presence will help us as well… because, the more the merrier.

  • Friday through Sunday. Nov. 3-5
  • Lava Hot Springs, Idaho (senior Center)
  • Cost: $90… bring a friend for $80
  • $10 off coupon: WORLDPEACE

Sign up at http://liveatlava.com

 

Come share your presence with us!

We are stronger together!

Come share your presence with us!
Dance with us in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, and experience the healing joy of happy people in harmony.
* Bring back hope
* Renew and refresh
* Connect deeply with others

Just THREE weeks until we join together as a living, singing, community in Lava Hot Springs. If you have been feeling down about the state of humanity, need a break, and want to share in an uplifting event… this is the place for you.

This community has been sharing the Dances of Universal Peace for over 25 years. We use simple music and movement to celebrate the best of humanity, experience life in a new way, and learn about the many spiritual traditions of the world. And it’s fun!

Peace Dances are easy and relaxing… with the added depth of movement and song. No experience or partner needed. Sign up today and then enjoy the moment!

Register (or get more information) at http://liveatlava.com

Please take some time reading through our website. We have pages describing what we do, and videos of past retreats. This is the old art-form of circle dance set in today’s world.

Dates: Nov 3, 4 and 5, 2017
Location: Senior Center, Lava Hot Springs, Idaho
Cost: $90 (bring a friend for $80)

Coupon… use the coupon WORLDPEACE for $10 off your cost!

Website: http://liveatlava.com
More info: Zareen at 208-756-3076
Email: dancing@liveatlava.com

Hope to see you there!

The team: Wayne, Zareen, Rahmana, Melissa, Nuria

 

Four Weeks Till Lava

Hi All!

Four weeks until we meet and dance in beautiful Lava Hot Springs. Are you coming?

It’s time for us to start planning food and finances and all that, so if you are coming would you be so kind as to give a quick reply to this email and let me know (assuming you haven’t done that already.)

November 3-4, 2017
Lava Hot Springs, Idaho

And to inspire you to come, here are a few health tidbits:

  • Studies in Iceland have shown that Icelanders are one of the longest lived peoples on the planet… the reason is regular soaking in mineral hot springs!
  • The health benefits of dance are well known, and it’s now being proven that it increases mental cognition. Come give your brain a boost.
  • Community dancing shoots serotonin into your body; reducing stress and inflammation, easing heart strain, and bringing back faith in humanity!
  • A bit sadder note is about the repression of dance in native peoples as modern society whooshed in and repressed cultures. The rebel in me calls out to break free of that bondage and recreate the bonds of community dance.
  • AND!!!! we want to see you!

Love and hugs.

Please let me know.

Zareen & Wayne

Come make music with us!

Come dance with us in Lava Hot Springs and experience the healing joy of happy people in harmony.

  • Bring back hope
  • Share your energy with us
  • Renew and refresh

Please let us know you are coming! Just a few short weeks until we join together as a living, singing, community in Lava Hot Springs. If you have been feeling down about the state of humanity, need a break, and want to share in an uplifting event… this is the place for you.

Sign up at http://liveatlava.com

Please take some time reading through our website. We have lots of pages describing what we do, and videos of past retreats. This is the old art-form of circle dance set in today’s world.

We are a community who have been sharing the Dances of Universal Peace for over 25 years. We use simple music and movement to celebrate the best of humanity, experience life in a new way, and learn about the many spiritual traditions of the world. And it’s fun!

You’ll find this to be easy and relaxing… with the added element of movement and song. No experience or partner needed. Sign up today and then enjoy the moment!

Do something nice (Part 2)

By the way…

I work for a website that strives to change the world by publishing good stories about people. If you are looking for some little nice thing to do, then read through a few of these stories, and send in one of your own.

We really need to be telling each other good stories now and again.

Check out http://heroicstories.org. It’s self explanatory.

Love you all

Connie Zareen

Another Reason to Dance

Hi All,

I’ve been reading a lot of interesting new philosophies that have been changing my experience of what it means to be human, and how to nourish myself so I can engage with life better. Neuroscience is giving us the most amazing clues to our full magnificance.

The biggest change, for me right now, is a shift in focus from training the little mind to nourishing the big mind — and even a switch on which is which!

Neuroscientists study the mind… like the actual greymatter, physical mind. They say we are over 90% “unconscious” mind, with a small 10% or less of what we would call conscious. All of our education, and most of our spirituality focuses on this thing we call the conscious, but it’s the subconscious that dictates almost everything we do and believe.

I started wondering, “What if I switched my focus to the other way around?” What would happen if I started seeing my actual water-and-flesh mind as the most important part of my “self”… what would that be like? Would it be useful? Would it be cool? Would it be easy, or hard?

Turns out it’s really easy, and it’s very cool.

My first experience was of oneness. I found that in imagining my “self, (the main part of “me”) as this actual, physical, organ in my head, including the rivers of neurons running through my body, I realized that my body was of the earth, which meant I was one with everything. Cool, huh?

Fun idea to play with. Who knows where it will go.

What is turning out to be most fun is inventing ways to nourish my subconscious. Forget therapy: delving into the dark, getting in touch with what is already in there. Neuroscientists have discovered that focusing on anything, especially anything negative, just makes it stronger and more embedded. Instead I started focusing on filling the grey matter up with what I want to be in there.

Images and sound are food for the subconscious. The best way to nourish, heal and fill the grey matter with positive images is with spiritual song and dance. I’ve discovered that every time I get out my guitar and practice dances that I am filling my mind organ with goodness. I know for certain that every time we get together to dance that we magnify the energy with each other.

Another reason to get together and dance… so let’s do it.

Our next dance in Lava Hot Springs is November 3 to 4. Who is coming?

We have the hall rented, and the registration form is ready for people to commit to the weekend. It’s actually about six weeks away!

https://liveatlava.com

Hope to see you soon.

Love

Zareen

P.S. We almost have enough money for the dance tent and are picking out which one to order. More on that later.

The Power of Failure

Dear Dancers and Friends,

I’ve failed at more things in my life than I can even count. It’s almost like the more I want something, the more I fail at it. Of course, maybe that has something to do with how often I try: when I want something I’m willing to try more times.

Sad, but true.

There is a brighter picture, however. The blessing of failure is our ability to learn from it.

Collective Learning

I’m thinking of failure this morning and how it relates to us coming together as a world-wide community of loving human beings. It seems like I can always see that happening, and yet it never does. I thought we were going in that direction, and then suddenly we make a sharp right turn. What are we learning right now? Could it be that this is the job of living generations today: to find this new way of coming together and make it a living reality? Could it be that we are learning that we need to take this job on more consciously?

Back in my crazy days in the 60’s we tried breaking all the rules: that had its limitations! We tried communes: those didn’t work out too well. I tried dropping out and hiding in the wilderness: that was kind of a pain. We tried activism, that seemed to help a bit, but it was so hard to agree on anything! It all creates a mind boggle.

Except one thing.

The only thing I have found that works instant magic for human communion is music and dance. Music has rhythm. Feet can move to the rhythm. Song brings our voices together. Even if our minds are going in different directions, when we sing together community happens. When we move together in rhythm, hearts begin to beat as one. What a relief that it just works!

I don’t know the answer to all the world’s problems (though I keep trying…) but I do know the healing power of  joining hands in a circle and breathing with song. That’s why we keep leading weekend retreats. It’s an opportunity for us all to take a break from learning from failure. It’s a moment of simplicity, relaxation, and togetherness.

I like that.

Sam Lewis was convinced that eating, dancing and praying together would lead to world peace. I think he may be right, as long as we are willing to acknowledge each small step. As long as we all make the effort to show up.

So let’s dance!

My heart is happy as I start to make plans for our next dance camp at Lava Hot Springs in November. I have the Lava Senior Center rented for the weekend of November 3-5. I have the registration form ready on the website: http://liveatlava.com. I sent our advertisement in for the DUP website. We have a Facebook event page and I’m going to start advertising that. Melissa and I have been working on great ideas to make food easier. I have a bunch of great new dances from Wilderness Dance Camp.

Can you come?

Love
Zareen, Wayne and the gang.

Grief and Creativity

Dear Dancers and Friends,

Yes. I’m feeling sad. You may be feeling sad as well. I am finding that the rising of so many emotions of grief, sadness and fear is sparking a surge of creativity, and would like to offer some guidance in how to handle the internal world through difficult times.

Happiness and Sadness are One

I’ve heard so many spiritual teachers talk about how happiness is the meaning of life, and give it way more importance than it deserves. Yes, happiness is great!! It’s definitely my preferred emotion, but ultimately it is a weak indicator of reality. It can be a suspicious companion to love. It has a hollowness that we rarely consider.

If we pair happiness with it’s friend, sadness, then we start to have a full story.

Suspicious Companion to Love

Imagine you are in a relationship and your expectation is that your partner will always make you happy. That relationship won’t last long! Love of another person is the thing that takes us beyond moments of misunderstanding. It takes us through mistakes and even intentional hurt. Love is something that we can choose and project outwards. Happiness is different.

Happiness is a result. You can imagine a happy situation and happiness will flow out. You can get an unexpected surprise and happiness will blossom. A great comedian can bring it out of us over the craziest things. Wonderful music and dance easily brings it on.

Happiness flows out as a response to something. It’s not a creator of anything; it is the reward.

A wonderful reward it is. It’s a gift to us when we do something kind. It comes to us when we have succeeded at something. It can be the result of hard work, and also comes easily from hard play. I really like it. I’m sure you do too.

When we understand the true nature of happiness then we become much more valuable in our relationships with our partners, and in our participation in our world. If we put happiness in it’s true place, as a reward, that makes us ever more eager to do nice things, to learn new tasks, to participate fully.

This is also true for our relationship to our communities and world. If our commitment to each other only goes as deep as how happy that other makes us feel, then we become untrustworthy, we project shallowness, and we will constantly be disappointed. Worse than that, we won’t be a force of good when we are needed. Often we are called to do things that make us uncomfortable, and it’s how we measure up to those moments that creates our true character as a human being.

Sadness is also a result. As the companion to happiness, (which is an internal reward for something we’ve done or seen) sadness is the result of something that has happened outside us. If it’s internal, then it’s the worry of what might happen. In today’s world we have many things outside of us that can make us sad. Our response to all of this will create the balance between these states of being.

In other words: when we do something about it, then happiness will come as a gift.

Nature Envelops Us

Enough of that. Our internal world is a marvelously designed gift from nature that helps us navigate our world and come together as decent human beings.

I hope this makes everyone feel a bit better. It makes me feel better to write it. Hard times bring out wells of creativity and I appreciate having people to share this with.

I’m practicing music every day. Can’t wait until we get together to dance!

Love,
Zareen

 

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