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Emotional Resilience
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"Don’t try and fix it
Let me feel my pain
I refuse to be numb
Don’t tranquilize me when I have a psychotic break
I have been propping myself up for years
Poppin pills to make the nightmares go away
Smiling to keep from crying...

Let me feel the pain I have hid behind my degrees
and educational pursuits
Because the world told me I was not good enough
Don’t try and fix it
Let me breathe through it
Because I have been holding my breath for what seems like
years

Don’t tell me I am overacting
And give me your proverbs on forgiveness
Let me feel it, it won’t kill me
I was told once you have to feel it to heal it
But I have been cruise controlling on numb
Too afraid that if I came to grips with the truth,
My truth and our truth
That you will lose faith in me...

Don’t give me your medication because my heart is open
Because I see injustice and am enraged
Don’t try and switch my position
And nicely clean it up

Let me grieve the loss of men and women close and far
Let my tears fall like a waterfall into the earth
Don’t rub my back
Let me be with the pain
Let me be wild with emotion
As I work through my guilt and shame
The burdens placed on me
That never belonged to me

Let me cry for my ancestors who died with grief
Let me wail on behalf of the abused men and women
Who were told 'not to make a sound'
Let me cry for my nation
And many nations under god
I am human
I am alive...

Let me honor my pain
And don’t you dare try and fix it
Because really you’re afraid that you will lose it
If I don’t stop
My pain is your pain
My grief is your grief
Let me feel it so that I can move forward"


Honoring my pain By
Aries Jordan
Inspired by "The Work that Reconnects" by Joanna Macy

June 19, 2020

I received many emails from you after my last newsletter - My Relationship with Nia Going Forward. I deeply appreciate your replies and words of support and ally-ship. I also respect those who removed themselves from my mailing list. I knew that in speaking my truth I would likely lose some people and that is a fine price for honoring my feelings and my values. We should all feel free to be in alignment with people, places, experiences, services, companies and communities that feel right for us. I am immensely grateful to those of you still here and do not take you for granted.

A few of you asked me for details about what happened. Please know that those details are private, involve other people and explaining further reopens a wound. Many well-intentioned people may not realize that asking for further explanation is essentially asking me to demonstrate some validation of my decision, a decision that I did not take lightly and took me weeks of self-examination and inquiry to make. I do not wish to vilify, demonize or cause harm to Nia as a company. Over the past week, Nia leadership and several teachers and future trainers in the Nia community have begun to do the inner work that will hopefully lead to a more inclusive, diverse and welcoming space for people of color. That said, I spoke truthfully about my experience and I feel relieved and freer in my mind and heart from having removed myself from Nia, the company. Thank you for honoring my voice and decision.

The past few weeks have been emotionally complex - not just for me but for people I love, the nation, and the world. In a short span of time, like so many others, I have felt grief, fear, anger, sorrow, tenderness, uncertainty, anxiety and relief. It has taken everything in me to pull up emotional resilience...to come back to my Self - my center - after feeling knocked down and tossed around. I have dedicated my attention, intention and energy to softening each intense emotion with compassion, kindness, patience and care. I haven't been interested in rushing through this process. Like Aries Jordan says in the poem above "Don't try and fix it, Let me feel my pain...Let me breathe through it...Let me be wild with emotion...Let me honor my pain...Let me feel it so that I can move forward." 

The truth is that we can't move forward (and heal) in any sustained meaningful way until we give space, voice and felt experience to our emotions. I honor my personal experience through my soma, my body. I do it through movement. Movement, dance, music - these are part of my resiliency toolbox. Embodied grief has always been my greatest teacher. Last week, after I sent out my newsletter and felt the relief and release of standing in alignment with my truth, I put together a playlist devoted to Emotional Resilience. 

In most dictionaries, resilience is defined as the ability to return to an "original form or position after being bent, compressed, or stretched." In other words, after life throws us off center, we are able to recover, bounce back and move forward. 

Please join me this weekend as I share the playlist and first draft of the archetypal choreography with you.

This class is a tribute to the archetype of resilience, something we all experience in some form or shape in our lives. Adversity in all its guises calls us to navigate emotional, mental, physical and spiritual stressors with a set of inner tools and resources that are varied and that ultimately allow us to find the strength to remain standing and to keep moving in this life.  

Join me for the Dance of Emotional Resilience 

This one-hour class is Nia-inspired and also integrates my own work in archetypal embodiment and choreography.

Let’s come together on this Solstice, New Moon and Solar Eclipse weekend to explore ways emotional resilience emerges in the dance of life.



Saturday, June 20, 2020 AND Sunday, June 21, 2020

Time (both days): 10:30AM PDT, 11:30AM MDT, 12:30PM CDT, 1:30PM EDT

Register in advance for one or both classes:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqce6spzorHN3e7n6-MyH4qHJSmejXu3YZ

We dance barefoot. The choreography is easy to follow. If you’ve been a student of Nia, these classes will feel familiar to you. If you are new, welcome, my classes are inclusive of all people, movement abilities and beliefs.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the class/meeting.

*A portion of the donations made for these classes will go to Black Emotional & Mental Health Collective: www.beam.community

Pay what you can:
Here is the info to make a payment of your choice, in exchange for the class experience:

Venmo: Jennifer-Lucero-Earle or https://venmo.com/jennifer-lucero-earle
PayPal: https://paypal.me/jenniferluceroearle
Credit Card (Square): https://my-site-105290-108786.square.site/
Zelle: jenniferlucearle@gmail.com

What to wear and have with you:
  • Have the Zoom link/meeting ID and password provided to you by Zoom (confirmation of your registration).
  • Wear comfortable clothes to move in freely.
  • We dance barefoot but if you need the additional support, feel free to wear flexible (and comfy!) sneakers or shoes.
  • Have water nearby so that you can stay hydrated.
  • Feel free to have a yoga mat, towel or chair for our last song.
  • Optional: Earbuds or wireless headset. You may want to use a wireless headset/headphones – it appears to be a good way to hear the music more clearly. If not, feel free to hook up a speaker to your laptop, tablet or phone OR use the speaker in the device you are using. It’s all good! Make the choice that feels right for you.

Future Classes

Stay tuned in my next e-newsletter for a new class schedule. I am in yoga teacher training next weekend, June 27 and 28, so class times will shift to be slightly earlier. In addition to weekly dance classes (Nia-inspired), I will also be announcing a Stretch & Fly Yoga Dance class, Into to Yoga class, and ArcanaDance workshop.

I will be using your survey responses as a guide for timing of classes. We are taking things slow as we wait for furniture to organize our belongings and as we figure out what we need in our new space to offer virtual classes that will not disrupt our neighbors and so that we have all the lighting and tech we need.

With much love and gratitude and looking forward to dancing with you from my new place in North Carolina,

Jennifer  

Tarot Sessions are back 


I have set up my home office and am already booking tarot sessions into July. These sessions are my lifeblood and I so appreciate your continued support in scheduling appointments and referring your loved ones and friends to me. As you know, I don't advertise. All of my client work has been via referral. For that I am immensely grateful. 

To schedule a session, choose the session type at www.jenniferluceroearle.com/tarot-with-me/sessions and email me your questionnaire.

Tarot Consultation Packages
There are several tarot packages to choose from, including options for multiple one hour to two hour sessions throughout a one year window.

Huge thanks to Brooke Lowe Johnson for the photo (top) above! 
SISTERHOOD • "Healing"
(Featuring Lizzo, Madame Gandhi, and Seattle's Northside Step Team)

"Healing is an act of resilience
An act of survival
An act of defiance
United we can't be silent
United we can't be stopped

We ride together
We strive together
If we support one another
We rise together
Together we are stronger
Together we create a change
A Sisterhood that can't be stopped"

SISTERHOOD was made possible by Girls Who Code Partners AT&T and Craig Newmark Philanthropies.

Originally released in 2018.
Copyright © 2020 ArcanaDance™, Embodied Tarot, and Everybody, Love Your Body. All rights reserved.
 
Visit my website: www.jenniferluceroearle.com

Calendar of classes and events: www.jenniferluceroearle.com/calendar

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