Community Update : May 2020

To My Community, both local and far-and-wide :

I am here.

You are in my heart, my thoughts and my prayers.

Not a day goes by that I’m not thinking about our community and how the pandemic circumstances have already changed us immensely.

As I move with my own uncertainty, wondering and grief, I am witnessing this change with a hopeful heart and eye. Trusting the death/life cycles that are built into this pandemic time and how they are – and will continue to – inform my work and our greater community. The path forward for me is one step at a time. And also a commitment to stay connected to you, sharing transparently about what I feel and see, and how we can reshape ourselves together.

What I do know is that there is a feeling of loss for so many of you that know this community in physical form – through movement and sound. And that many of us are grappling with how to continue connecting through body and spirit when close proximity is not an option.

For others, there is a question about how to stay immersed in the teachings and practices that I share when we don’t have as much direct feedback and accountability through contact. Particularly with the tremors of daily chaos shaking us down to our bones.

And so I’ll offer you an invitation. One that I’m speaking to myself every single day:

Stay open to what more is possible during this time. Turn your senses to new ways of connecting, both to others and to spirit. Embrace this death/life cycle by letting go of what you know you’ve been holding onto too tightly and turning toward unexpected openings, even if they aren’t yet clear.

This doesn’t mean that some days you won’t read or feel those words and go numb, have trouble finding any silver lining or light. That you won’t utter the words, “Yeah, that’s great, Kimberly, but I still have to pay my rent and feed my kids.”

I think we all know by now that this is part of this passage too. A wide and wild range of emotion meant to be felt.

This is when I remind myself that at the core of the BodyMantra teachings is the practice of Responsiveness. Tapping our natural ability to shape shift, to move in a fluid body, to rise up to meet the challenge of change. Being curious about what we perceive as obstacle or hurdle, softening into the idea that perhaps we are being asked to take another path.

This isn’t always easy. Which is why we have community. Not just me writing and speaking to you collectively, but a group of amazing people that are committed to seeing this journey through, together.

Please reach out to each other. If you use social media, come see me and communicate with each other there. For those of you that have been immersed in the local BodyMantra community, reach out to your friends. Ask for support. And give some in return.

I will continue to make offerings. Though my May online BodyMantra event is full, I will be looking into June for our next opportunity to be together.

In the meantime, I will continue posting on my website and Facebook, sending e-newsletters and publishing new podcast episodes. I hope to see you there.

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