Let Love Lead the Way

Fall in love with some activity, and do it! Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn’t matter.

~Richard Feynman

I’m not a physicist but I loved the to the hilt, jazzy way that Dr. Feynman approached the discipline both as a student and as a professor. If you aren’t familiar with Richard Feynman, I highly suggest you google his name and take a look. One of the finest minds in physics, Dr. Feynman was a professor at CalTech and just a guy who loved physics, I mean really loved it. I like to think that it’s the way that I approach my discipline – both as a lifelong student and as a professor – and I’d like to think it’s the way that I approach being an adult student of dance. I’m not going to figure out all the answers and maybe there are no answers or maybe every dancer’s got their own answers and no two will be exactly alike. But I’ve got to fall in love with something and then do it, fall in love with ballet, fall in love with moving to the music, fall in love with ballet class, fall in love with it all over again. I don’t think I fell out of love with ballet but I think that in this case absence did not make the heart grow fonder and some recent experiences that weren’t so great didn’t help. But I think Dr. Feynman’s words apply, let love lead the way, allow love to cover hurts and harms, look beyond the annoyances and let love fill in the all the spaces instead, fall deeply in love and dancing will follow.

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Dr. Richard Feynman at CalTech (photo care of CalTech Archives)

 

 

Just a Few of My Favorite Things in 2017

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a “What I’m Loving” post but here it is. At the end of the year it’s kind of fun to look back and think about little things that gave me great pleasure during the year, so here we go!

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil

I recently discovered these lip oils by Clarins and I LOVE them. My favorites are mint and honey. They are a bit pricey but they just feel so darn good and they last a really long time – I’m still using the first one I purchased during the summer. This year has been really dry in my geographical climate, I mean like ZERO moisture in the air crumble up like a cracker dry and my lips along with the rest of my skin have been suffering. These lip oils look beautiful, no color really but tons of shine and deep, long-lasting moisture. Can’t recommend these enough.

Calm. com 

I think they won an app of the year award. And well done them! I love this app for guided meditation and I’ve tried a lot of them. I wanted to work on my meditation practice this year as a way to deal with stress, anger, frustration, all those bad feelings that happen when you are a human being but don’t want them to take over too much of your life. Tamara Levitt is the voice of calm.com and what a lovely soothing voice it is. A  nice sense of balance, not too much talking but enough to help a student of meditation learn. This year they added sleep stories, which are just that, stories narrated to listen to while you fall asleep. In addition, calm.com offers breathing tools, timers for non-guided meditation, a free and paid for features, and screen views with sound and or music. I used just the free app for several months but then paid for the full version and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend paying for the full features and get your meditation on.

Republic of Tea Peppermint Bark

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I’m a coffee person. It’s probably part of my genetic code, my DNA strands, my blood on a cellular level.  I love it, love it. But I’m also trying to be more aware of health and trying to switch to tea and other healthy alternatives. This particular type of tea isn’t the MOST healthy ever, especially after I add a bit of sweetener but it’s heading in that direction. And truth is that I drink more water when I drink tea so that’s plus for me because I’m a bad bad water drinker. I’ve discovered a distinct appreciation of mint teas and this one has been a seasonal favorite.

Breaking Ballet

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I’ve never been good at online programs of any kind. I get bored, distracted, and I’ve never been good with self-reporting accountability. But I’ve learned a lot about being able to work with online programs that have great communication, allow for questions and answers, and have a place for real-time accountability and an ability to support others and be supported. The online program Breaking Ballet fits that bill. I had the opportunity to email the creator of the program, Sarah Aspinall, and she’s great. Sarah is knowledgeable, helpful, and supportive of adult dancers. The workouts are serious but fun. They are doable as a single good long workout or to work out 10 to 15 minutes at a time. I’m going to dance again and I’m going to continue with Breaking Ballet as a method to help me train and get conditioned for dancing my way into 2018.

Find my post on my Breaking Ballet experience here.

2017 was pretty good to me, I traveled, I watched some crazy good ballet, I enjoyed some tasty eats, I played a lot, laughed a lot, I got to spend time with amazing friends, and I started working on my favorite research topics again and found a lot of joy in my work.

And these are a few of my favorite things… how about you, what were your favorite things this year?