Dear shining star ~

On Monday I performed with my Panzumo Drum and Dance Company for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at the incredible Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara (picture above). I give huge kudos and props to our student performers Suzi, Jo, Rick, Paul, Adam, Markus, Brenda and Simone…for your incredible focus, hard work, joyful attitudes and LOVE for bringing this drum and dance magic to the masses.

As you see above, photographer Rob Hoffman captured the pure joy and bliss that we feel while performing and sharing in dance and drum together. I love the smiles on our faces, the openness of our hearts, and the energy emanating from every cell in our bodies!

Right now I invite you to recall a recent experience that brought you similar joy and bliss. A moment where you felt in alignment, on fire, or just simply in awe of life.

Close your eyes, see every tiny detail, breathe deeply and say “thank you”.

Ahh…feels good, doesn’t it?

I’m currently going through some growing pains, personally. Sometimes I feel overcome by emotion from gratitude and love. Other times I feel as if I am drowning, stuck, frustrated, sad. While ALL of these emotions are important to feel and notice and experience…I can easily root myself in the memory of a moment like the one captured above and feel my emotional bonds and chains release and dissipate.

This is who I am.

This is what I most love to do.

This is my dharma and my passion.

I just want to keep doing this.

I believe that if we can bring ourselves to these statements through the highs and lows, ups and downs, we can live in the space of gratitude and we can experience more of what we want.

Keep saying what you want and what you love.

Out loud is good.

Inside your heart during meditation is good.

Like a mantra.

In a recent meditation I saw the image of myself holding gratitude in my body while moving about my day.

Gratitude feels light, uplifting, magical.

I wear it like a soft fluffy sweater or a light pair of angel wings on my back.

It heals. It soothes. It takes me out of my head and into my heart.

Ground yourself in gratitude. Say “thank you”. Breathe. Remember.

May you be in bliss (at least a little bit) every single day and may you enjoy the way your body moves and your heart sings while you carry gratitude with you

I love you all ~