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Stop and Rest for 2-4 Seconds

I posted about this topic about a year ago and I think it's time to revisit it. To Stop and Rest for 2-4 seconds (or so) can really help you to focus, de-stress, and feel calmer.

So when you stress, stress, stress and are running around like a busy bee, doing this and that, thinking: "I have to do this, I have to do that..." Just stop and rest for 2-4 Seconds. It is as simple as that. 

So this week I suggest that you practice this. A few times a day, stop and rest for 2-4 seconds.

I still practice this and I know it works! When you are running around, literally, or running around in your head thinking about millions of things that need to be done or should have been done differently, physically and mentally just:

STOP what you're doing.

Take a breath in.

And then breathe out.

Stay with it for 2-4 seconds.

When you do this, you are treating yourself with a moment of being in the present and stillness. It's food for your well-being.

Beautiful music and beautiful autumnal pictures in this video.



Dance first, think later. It's the natural order. 

Dance first, think later is a quote from Samuel Beckett, writer.

I want to show this video clip in which a man tells his story of how movement and dance practices helped him with his movement disorder called dystonia. 

The body is amazing, we often forget how we can feel much better physically, mentally, emotionally and spirit by, as I call it, mindfully moving and dancing.

How Nia stands out from other practices such as aerobics and Zumba is that, in Nia, we learn to move in a way that is healthy and encourages self-healing.

Now, any kind of movement and dance is good to a degree, but Nia is designed with self-healing in mind. And being mindful, it helps rewire the brain in ways that are even more beneficial than "just" a cardio workout.

An inspirational talk how mindful movement and dancing helps him to recover from a movement disorder called dystonia.



The beautiful colour of Blue for Autism Awareness Day

I had a 24-hour break with my lovely Jerry in Wales a couple of weeks ago. We went for a really tasty lunch and we noticed that there were quite a few people, adults and children wearing the colour blue.

We were wondering what it was about?

So I looked it up online to find out if there were a reason for this, it was the World Autism Awareness Day.

We have family and close friends with children who are diagnosed with autism and related diagnoses and I'd like to just do my bit by bringing you this lovely Ted Talk about, among other things, subjects close to my heart: communication and respect.

This is Alix Generous, an amazing woman: scientist and businesswoman, talking about how to communicate ideas.


Are you an 'Introvert' or 'Extrovert'?

I did the Introvert/Extrovert test about ten years ago, and the result came out that I'm an extrovert person. I felt really proud of myself, to me it meant that I'm an outgoing and fun person. 

But deep down I knew that I hadn't answered the test honestly...

I did the test again years later, and the result showed that I'm scoring very high on the introvert, and it really made sense! I know that I love being in my own space, on my own, to think and create, to recoup. I also know that I love being around other people, talking, creating things together. 

But where I recharge my battery is when I'm on my own. It's not better to be extrovert, nor worse to be introvert, both have a role to play, but being introvert is widely misunderstood. 

I found this TED talk again on the subject. It's very well worth watching, whatever part of the spectrum you are on!

Susan Cain talks about 'The Power of Introverts' An inspiring and moving talk by Susan Cain about being an Introvert and how important it is to include us in the world.



Nia is for all ages - starting very young, keep young

Yes - it's so true. In this e-mail I'd like to focus on the younger age group: children. I say that all of us have it in us to move freely and express ourselves, not caring about what other people think. We all of us have it from when we are very, young. Can we get it back?

There are soooo many reasons why that sense of freedom fades away and often totally disappears. How can we keep that freedom of moving and dancing as we grow older?

One BIG answer to keep that freedom and expression going is (of course) to practice Nia as often as you can.

A beautiful clip of an adult and young girl totally giving in to the rhythm of the live drums - In a Nia session!