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Let Go, Let Love Live
“For though we stubbornly cling, believing in our moment of hunger that there is no other possibility of love, we only have to let go of what we want so badly and our life will unfold. For love is everywhere.” 
- Mark Nepo

          
If my mother read this newsletter, she would laugh out loud. Growing up, my middle name was "stubborn." I needed things to be a certain way or I wouldn't budge. I clung to my ideas of how things "should be" like my life depended on it. My mother would try to nudge me to expand my perspective, let go of the struggle and do things differently. Most times her efforts failed and I eventually either had a meltdown or collapsed from exhaustion. To which she would say, "Jennifer, why do you insist that everything be so hard?" 

The Hanged Man, the archetype of surrender, and I go way back. 

The best definition I found of the word stubborn came from a simple web search in Google: "having or showing dogged determination not to change one's attitude or position on something, especially in spite of good arguments or reasons to do so." 

What I learned from clinging to my belief's, attitude or habits is that they can lead to feeling like we are trapped and rendered immobile. Everything feels hard. Most of the time, the feeling "trapped" is self-inflicted. If we only surrender our idea of how things should be, we can see another way through. The Hanged Man offers us a way to serenity that comes when we give up the struggle. We can hang in suspension knowing that, just like the seasons change, "this too shall pass" and something new will be born of the moment. It's a practice to remember, when in the midst of struggle, that surrender is the most loving and kind thing we can do for ourselves. 

Theme for the month of September is surrender. As we attune to the seasonal shift ahead, autumn invites us to let go and trust the process of impermanence. She says "shed, become lighter, strip down to the raw branch so that the wound can heal and something new can be birthed in its place."  
 
There are three events designed to help us let go, from dancing with our shadow with the Dark Goddess to journaling old stories onto the page and through our bodies. 

 
More upcoming classes and events:

Nia this Thursday, September 1, 2016 - Join me and Susan Tate this Thursday, September 1st as we co-teach the Nia routine Cadence. 

Nia on Labor Day - Join me for Nia on Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2016 from 10:30am - 11:30am at Embrace the Moon in Ballard. The 6:00pm class that day is canceled. 

Nia on Mondays and Thursdays in September - Announcement
  • No classes on Mondays, September 12 and 19, 2016. Classes will resume on Monday, September 26, 2016.
  • No classes on Thursdays, September 8 and 15, 2016. Classes will resume on Thursday, September 22, 2016.
Nia on Sundays proceed uninterrupted :). 

The Dance of the Dark Goddess: A Somatic Exploration of our Shadow - Special three-part ArcanaDance series the evenings of September 6, 8 and 9, 2016 at Embrace the Moon in Ballad. Drop-in's welcome. 
 
A Tarot Mini-Retreat with the Hanged Man card: The Art of Letting Go - Saturday, September 10, 2016, 11:00am - 5:00pm at a private residence in North Seattle (access from the 28 bus). 

Tarot Journaling with ArcanaDance - Saturday, September 24, 10:00am-1:30pm at a private residence in North Seattle.

Next ArcanaDance series in October!
The Dance of Death: A Somatic Exploration of Transitions - Sundays, October 16, 23 and 30, 2016 at 9:00am, Balance Studio in Fremont. Drop-in's are welcome! 

See you on the dance floor <3
Jennifer
The Embodied Tarot
Class Schedule

Nia:
Mondays: 6:00pm
(no classes 9/12 and 9/19) 
Thursdays: 6:00pm 
(no classes 9/8 and 9/15) 
Sundays: 10:30am 

Stretch and Fly
Yoga Dance 

To be announced

ArcanaDance:
Special Dark Goddess series week of September 5 (Sept 6, 8 and 9)
Next Sunday series begins October 16, 2016 
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