Full Circle Gratitude
This year I picked up a new journaling practice, thanks to my business coach, and I now embrace it fully…my nightly practice of Gratitude Journaling! I now pass this ritual on to my students in my courses. It is so simple yet so profound, this writing practice, and can take five minutes or a ½ hour, depending in my mood and my desire on how deep to write. This helps me to embrace the day and acknowledge what I am grateful for. Small things and big things. Doing this has allowed me the time to really reflect on my activities, my details, my companions, my heart, whether in business or in my personal life. Noticing what is truly important and necessary in my world to live that fulfilled life I desire.
how often I use that word these days. Especially since my first time online class Dance and Desire: From the Body to the Page is ½ way through our 8 weeks of journaling and dancing and stretching bodies, minds, and souls, and noticing what we do desire! Intense and full on, and I am loving it. It is a great way to end the year and is making my heart sing. Good stuff all around…that is what I want in my life!
And coming to the end of the year is always a fun time for me to reflect on the whole year. With so much to be grateful for and to witness the accomplishments of myself, my family and friends, as well as my students around the globe.
So much gratitude. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure this is my life. Real, heart opening, soul diving, authentic — the work I have done through my entire life, that has brought me to the now of my days. Many times, it has come full circle, over the decades.
I write this in the middle of the night as I am still jet lagged from returning from teaching in Italy. I step outside into my garden that is covered in a beautiful misty dark night haze and revel in the beauty of the full moon, in its own hazy halo. The big circle of light, bathing in its glory, while I take the moment to reflect on my words here on this page. It brings such a peace to my heart and soul, peace that has been difficult to find of late, as I shift and make changes in my life, as many parts of my dreams have come to fruition, have come full circle, again, and begin to spiral onto another different path. I don’t know where that path will guide me, but I am allowing the unfolding.
Allowing… one of my core desired feelings for this year. Mmmm..so good, this unfolding. Sometimes it is good to have a visual desired outcome, and sometimes it is just a sweet mystery to see how my life continues to roll.
This year I have watched my students as they have worked and danced hard to gather their own momentum, building on their dreams, and allowing themselves to dig in to what they desire. Taking the time to do it, investing the money (that is a biggie), and doing the actual physical and mental work. That is what it takes to achieve those dreams and desires, on so many levels! Wow…I’m talking about starting at the beginning with Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance certification courses —Collective Soul Level One, through those levels and continuing on with the GC Teacher Training and several levels, and my Master Teachers gaining their Level Two status and offering more in person choices too! So many dancers around the globe and here I sit, again, with so much gratitude. and more Wow…Fulfilling my dreams as well as theirs. I have seen the dancers, some who have also turned teachers, reach for the sky, their slice of the pie, taking the reins of their dreams to guide themselves and grow their dance world, with pleasure and fulfillment, with classes and some with the still new and growing Caravan Project troupes, developing their businesses, and creating beauty and love in the world. And starting my Dance and Desire group too. Pinch me again please!
Changing the way I can work, from home, changing and building on the content of the courses offered, allowing students the opportunities that I could not offer before. I am always asking and wondering what else I can offer you. What you desire from me. What will help you. This year I spent so many hours in solitude, often gut wrenching and soul searching aloneness, in meditation, and in the dance studio, and writing, while putting my certification courses into online programs, and building up my online class offerings too. I have been amazed at the success we all have had, reflecting upon all of it.
So now, as I sit in trust and openness, with that reflection, and allow my new desires to unfold, starting a new circle, maintaining my connection and truth, I look forward to life, to my path, and where ever those cross with you. to joy and celebration, to love, to fulfilling desires, to gratitude.
With deepest gratitude for being on the journey with me,
Continuing on your path… mark your calendars for the new year’s events and courses!
Paulette and the Gypsy Caravan Master Teachers–
2016 Gypsy Caravan Certification Intensives,
Online with Paulette Rees-Denis
Collective Soul Level One, starts Sunday January 10th, four weeks plus testing
Teacher Training Level One, starts Sunday February 14th
Collective Soul Level Three, starts Friday January 15th
Teacher Training Level Three, starts Friday February 19th
Collective Soul Level Two, starts May 22
Teacher Training Level Two, starts June 26th
and IN PERSON with our Master Teachers!
Milwaukee, Wisconsin with Amanda Richardson–November 7-8, 2015 and February 19th-22nd, 2016, Collective Soul Level 1 & Level 2, contact Amanda@gypsycaravan.us
Milan, Italy with Cinzia Di Cioccio…March, 2016, contact Cinzia@gypsycaravan.us
Australia with Nina Martinez…Contact Nina@gypsycaravan.us
UK with Deirdre Macdonald…Contact Deirdre@gypsycaravan.us
Apr 22-24, 2016… Paulette Rees-Denis presents
23nd Annual Women’s Dance and Desire Weekend
Dance and Desire: From the Body to the Page
with Paulette Rees-Denis, Lynea Gillen, and Elena Lipson
at Breitenbush Hot Springs, Detroit, Oregon
Registration opens December 28th, 2015!
Dance & Desire: From The Body To The Page with Paulette Rees-Denis
Next Online 8 week session starts March 20th, 2016!