Category: Emotional Intelligence

To Dance is Human
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To Dance is Human

Our entire body is in constant movement as every cell in our being transitions, grows, expands, dies, and regenerates.  We move as we walk, sit down, stand up, bend down, and turn around.  All sensory activity creates movement.  Our eyes process visual information, the muscles in our nose, lungs and chest expand and contract to [...]

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I’m not angry… I’m just intense!!!

I took a dance class yesterday with visiting Brazilian master, Rosangela Silvestre on the technique she developed – Silverstre Technique: Symbols in Motion.  Her incorporation of contemporary dance, chakra centers and Orixá energy was amazing.  Honoring the earth, water, air, and fire elements in our bodies created a completely different way of relating movement to our [...]

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From the Bottom of my Feet

It recently came to me the realization that although I love, love shoes, when it comes to dance, I prefer to not wear any.  For the last 5 years of my dancing career I have learned to dance without shoes.  I have been a strong follower of Modern Dance, Capoeira, Afro-Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban movement.  All of these [...]

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Mourning

Why is it so hard to mourn or allow someone else to mourn?  Do we even know what mourning means?  Most of us are familiar with the dictionary definition of the verb TO MOURN that is “to show the conventional or usual signs of sorrow over a person’s death,” but there is also another definition “to [...]

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When We Were Human…

I often wonder about this whole concept of evolution and how our bodies have changed and adapted in order to survive throughout history.  I think that in many ways it is wonderful that as part of nature we have been able to evolve to the demands of the ever changing times.  I feel it is [...]

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Choosing To Love Over Choosing To Control

I come from a generation in which spanking was and may still be normal. I understand that as a strategy that worked in the past. That’s what people knew. That’s was the way things were done. I was raised by my mother in Ecuador until I was 15 years old before I migrated to the [...]

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I Am Not Full of Shit After All… Part II

I guess letting go of the childhood training is not as easy as one might have wished. I still have some trouble setting boundaries and expressing my feelings, since it is difficult for me to speak up when I am feeling vulnerable. I do try to avoid conflict, but this time it is not because [...]

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When Did We Stop Crying?

I became the aunt of a beautiful, hairy baby boy on January 24, 2006.  Within the first week of knowing him he had already taught me something extremely valuable about basic human nature. Sometime when I held him, he was very calm, but as he would start crying I immediately gave him back to his mom because I knew [...]

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