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Creative Movement Meditation

Creative Movement Meditation

Creative Movement Meditation

 
 
 

CMM (Creative Movement Meditation) Demo Video One

CMM Demo Video Two

What can Creative Movement Meditation do for YOU?

This will depend largely on who you are and what you put into it! I can share tools with you that have helped me, but you have to take the action to apply them. With that understanding, I will share what CMM has done for me.

  • It has given me a meditation practice that I actually enjoy and doesn’t feel like a struggle to obtain “nothingness.” I do much better with active meditation.
  • It has given me greatly increased balance, focus, peace, harmony, and empowerment.
  • It is a fun HIIT workout that helps me get in shape as long as I do it three times a week for 45 minutes.
  • I never get bored with my workout because it is completely improv. I have no idea what my next move is and I love that!
  • It helps me be in flow with my movement, my breath, and my life.
  • It helps me feel more connection with everything around me.

In my CMM course, I will share tools with you. Some of these will really resonate with you while others may not. Each person also has their own “movement vocabulary” depending on their life experiences and movement background. The goal is for you to take the tools I will share with you and combine them with your own movement style in a way that works for your current fitness level, health, movement and exercise background, lifestyle, and life goals. CMM is going to look very different for someone who has practiced yoga for 20 years than it does for someone who has never practiced yoga, but loves gymnastics or someone who enjoys contra dance. What you do will not look like what I do. It will be your own beautiful thing that is uniquely YOU!

Here is a beautiful example of powerful minimalistic movement by 100-year-old dancer and choreographer Eileen Kramer.

Even someone who is bed-bound can do some version of CMM!

How was Creative Movement Meditation Created?

This is the story of how I created Creative Movement Meditation (CMM.) It is a combination of improvisational dance, breathwork, chakra work, yoga and martial arts. I’ll cover my path with each below and then how I integrated them to create CMM.

Meditation and Breathwork

I began meditating at a very young age without instruction. I remember being about four-years-old and looking at the light switch on the wall before I went to sleep and focusing intently on it and everything in the room going black around it. This was my version of a “candle flame.”

I began exploring zen meditation when I was about 20. I found it very frustrating to sit still and focus on nothingness. It never worked well for me. I began learning about chakras and breathwork and that made meditation much easier for me.

In 1990, I was invited by an older very wise woman who went by the name Earth Star to go to a retreat at Abode of the Message, a sufi retreat center in New Lebanon, NY. I saved up money for the tuition for a couple months and also had a barter work arrangement for the rest. The plan was that I would attend the beginning session and work in the kitchen doing karma yoga the first week. The second week was the advanced class that Earth Star was attending and I was supposed to just work in the kitchen that week.

Both weeks were taught by Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, the head of the Sufi Order in the West. During the first week, I attended all of his sessions, worked in the kitchen, and practiced meditation. I was given a personal pair of wazifas by him at the end of the first week. (Wazifas are words that have strong vibration and can create energetic changes.)

Instead of working in the kitchen the second week, I was told that Pir Vilayat wanted me to video tape the second week. I was honored! I worked a lot those two weeks in applying what I had learned in my meditation practice. There were two things that resonated with me immediately with Sufi meditation techniques. They are active. The involve focusing on centering, clearing, moving blockages, moving energy. The other is that there is no focus on “escapism” into staying in a state of samadhi. The focus in on bringing the light from the ethereal in to manifestation of the physical plane, on using that energy to bring more love and light to the here and now and to carry that out into the world. The symbol for Sufism is a heart with wings. That really resonated with me. I love the focus on heart-centeredness with sufiism! Sufiism incorporates the strengths of many of the world’s religions. To me, this heart-centeredness is also very present in the concept of Agape in Christianity.

I have studied many religions and spiritual practices in my life. I have taken the concepts and ideas that work for me in each and left the dogma of each behind. I do not believe that there is only one path to the divine. And I do not believe the divine is separate from us. I believe that there is a quantum field level on which everything is connected and in reality one. On this level there is no physicality and no separation, only oneness. And I do not believe we need any “go-betweens” such as saints, ascended masters, or messiahs to connect to directly to source. I understood this as a very young child.

I learned additional chakra work in 2011 when I practiced, then taught Ananda Mandala and Chakra Dhyana. I deepened my practice in these by undergoing training as a Oneness Blessing Giver that year. As typical for me, it is not a path I remained on, but took the tools that worked for me and left the rest behind. My path is one of integration.

Yoga

I began studying yoga with some lessons from a roommate in 1988, but didn’t have a formal yoga class until 2010. I did practice the poses she taught me for all they years in-between. I rarely do yoga by itself and instead incorporate it into my CMM practice.

Dance

I began ballet lessons when I was five. I loved ballet!!!! Unfortunately, I fractured my wrist doing a cartwheel and had to stop. But I didn’t stop dancing. I put on records and danced in my bedroom. My favorite album to dance to was the soundtrack to The Nutcracker and Peter and the Wolf was my favorite song to dance to!

In the ninth grade, my school started a drill team. I auditioned and was accepted. I learned tight choreography and flag corp routines as well. I began dance lessons again in 10th grade and took modern and tap dance. In college, I took modern, jazz, and improv. When I took improv, I fell madly in love!!!! I felt home!

Martial Arts

I was bullied a lot growing up. My parents decided to let me take Tae Kwon Do in seventh grade. I loved it! I was scheduled to take my test for my yellow belt. A few days before, a boy that had been picking on me for months was mean to me in a line in the hall. I don’t remember what he said, but it made me mad enough to kick him. I was aiming for his chest, but kicked him in the face instead. That was the end of my martial arts training as a child.

In college, I took Tai Chi as a PE course and loved it! I loved the fluid movement. I wasn’t as crazy about having to do the same form over and over. I took the flow and left the form behind. I love martial arts movies and I drink it all in! I rarely do straight up martial arts alone. I do heavily incorporate into my CMM practice, however.

Creative Movement Meditation

I began putting all these different pieces together into a unified practice in 1990. That is when CMM began for me. It was my primary workout and meditation practice, all rolled into one. It still is. In 1995 or 1996 (I don’t remember exactly,) began teaching CMM and a course called Meditation 101 at UGA Continuing Education. I also taught a course called Achieving Your Dreams at the same time. Over the years, my practice has evolved and become stronger with a bit more emphasis on martial arts.

This will be the first time I have formally taught this since then. I will be offering this course to a very small group so that I can make sure to provide the attention to each person that they need to progress. The outline and details of the course are below.

Creative Movement Meditation Course

Beginning CMM Course

Weekly Group Sessions

  • Week One: chakra activation
  • Week Two: Breaths of the Elements
  • Week Three: Chakra Dhyana
  • Week Four: Sun/heart activation (a very powerful technique for eliminating fear.) Additional techniques for managing emotions.

Each weekly group session will be 90 minutes, delivered via Google Hangout and will be recorded and put into a private members area. So if you can’t make a session, you can always watch it later.

I will use the group session recordings for future CMM courses. I may or may not teach this course in a group setting again. If I do, it will definitely cost more because of the time involved.

Sessions will begin the first week of January, 2017.  I will schedule the sessions at a time that works best for the majority of the group and for me.

Between Session Support

There will be support between sessions in a private (secret) Facebook group where you may ask questions.

Bonus

We will have a webinar with Mark Alan Effinger, the founder of WebNutrients.com on maximizing peak performance and the role of nootropics in performance, focus, productivity, and health.

Basic CMM Course

Weekly Group Sessions

  • Week One: chakra activation
  • Week Two: Breaths of the Elements
  • Week Three: Chakra Dhyana
  • Week Four: Sun/heart activation (a very powerful technique for eliminating fear.) Additional techniques for managing emotions.
  • Week Five: energy flow and movement, walking mediation
  • Week Six: slow movement flow
  • Week Seven: breathwork/movement integration
  • Week Eight: improv techniques – mirroring, echoing
  • Week Nine: balance poses in flow movement
  • Week Ten: kitchen stretches and exercise equipment-free power workout moves for abs, glutes, legs, and arms
  • Week Eleven: Torus Flow, Whirling and stabilizing
  • Week Twelve: fast movement flow and HIIT integration with and without music

Each weekly group session will be 90 minutes, delivered via Google Hangout and will be recorded and put into a private members area. So if you can’t make a session, you can always watch it later.

I will use the group session recordings for future CMM courses. I may or may not teach this course in a group setting again. If I do, it will definitely cost more because of the time involved.

Sessions will begin the first week of Semptember, 2017. I will schedule the sessions at a time that works best for the majority of the group and for me.

Between Session Support

There will be support between sessions in a private (secret) Facebook group where you may ask questions.

Ninja Level CMM Course

Includes everything in the basic course plus:

  • Three 90 minute group Ninja-level-only sessions on topics the group wants to go deeper on. These will be delivered on weeks thirteen, fourteen, and fifteen.
  • Six 30-minute one-on-one sessions via Skype or Google Hangout. These will held every two weeks so I can help each person with their specific challenges. They will be scheduled at a time that works for both of us.
  • Additional CCM one-on-one session packages will also be made available at reduced rates to Ninja Level students.

Cost

Beginning course: $197

(only $97 if bought before 8/31/2017)
If you enroll in the beginning course, you may upgrade to Basic course later for $497.

Basic course: $597

(only $497 if bought before 8/31/2017)

Ninja level course: $997

(only $897 if bought before 8/31/2017)


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