Flames of Love
October 10, 2017
Like many of us living north of San Francisco, I woke up at 2 a.m. Monday morning to the eerie sound of dry winds rattling the trees and the quiet smell of smoke. Come daylight the news was pouring in: thousands of people in neighboring Sonoma and Napa counties evacuated, homes and businesses burned down, friends escaping homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs and finding out later everything they owned in this world was destroyed. One week after the massacre in Vegas, in a month of hurricanes and earthquakes, it has been for many of us in the United States and abroad a wee
k of tragedy, in a month of tragedy, in a particularly stressful and disheartening year. Mother Earth and Human Nature -both screaming out for our attention- have shown their destructive sides. But with destruction come rebirth and hope.
Rumi says, “The way of love is not a subtle argument. The door there is devastation. Birds make great sky-circles of their freedom. How do they learn it? They fall, and falling, they’re given wings.”
While it can seem like dark times, truth is that calamity is nothing new to this planet. War and brutality happens. Political power maneuvering happens. People can be both cruel and selfish and unimaginably loving and compassionate. And the world is now our village, where we have access to more information -and misinformation- than ever before. It is sometimes hard to turn it all off and stay focused on your well-being, on your relationships, and keying into the subtle indicators of
your body that let you know what most needs loving attention. We cannot always control what goes on in the world and what happens around us and to us. We can only control our responses.
As we feel concern for loved ones and grieve for the plight of fellow humans near and far, let these calamities serve as reminders that we are all in this crazy, sometimes confounding, and always precious human experience together. Strive to bring out the best in one another. Give others -and yourself- the benefit of the doubt that we are all doing our best with the tools we have (however flawed they may be). Remember to hug, and laugh, and dance. When processing trauma, whether brought on by a major life event or the building up of minor traumas of stress and disconnection brought on by our touch-starved, media saturat
ed modern lifestyle, human contact is paramount. Remember to fan the flames of love. They, too, can spread like wildfire.
FREE GUIDED JOURNEY
I first saw Hannah dance Persian style at a party and was immediately in awe of her self-possessed beauty that comes through her style of dance. I wanted to learn that! I had gone through a tough 18 months of sorrow and grief after loosing my partner of 15 years and mom within six months of each other. Hannah choreographed a Persian dance specifically for me that would help open my heart. And she helped mend my heart and soul through private lessons and learning her dance. I would recommend h…
Hannah loves transmitting her knowledge of world dance to kids and they feel it. She engages them in both the movements and the understanding of the traditions of the dances. The kids learn to appreciate the pure joy of moving, the history of the dances and choreographing their own pieces. It’s great to see the kids enjoying the discipline of the different traditions while having a lot of fun.
For the past three years Hannah’s performance and teaching has been a highlight of my annual women’s weekend. She is a gifted, creative, expert dancer who engages and amazes the audience with her style and skill. It’s beautiful to watch her flow, bend, glide, and shimmy. Dancing with her is a blast! All my women friends loved it.
A week later and still relishing in the magical afterglow! Seriously, much to my surprise I am still reaping the benefits and riding the waves of such a weekend. Personally it was an end of an era, and what better way to initiate a new beginning, than to breathe in new life with ritual, spinning, baddass women, wonderful food, perfect location and gorgeous weather. Outstanding!
Hannah’s workshop was exhilarating, joyful, and educational. I felt uplifted afterwards, and emerged with a positive feeling of lightness.
The potency of sacred women’s spaces was made evident to me during this beautiful two day healing dance ritual. That experience of learning, of playing, and of connecting to our feminine power through community and the container held so humbly and graciously by Hannah will stay with me forever, and has become fuel for a new passion in my life to explore Sufi and Berber traditional, meditative dance. My deepest gratitude goes to all women of the dance, now, and throughout all of time.
I just spent two days with Hannah and a diverse group of spirited women on the Spin, Shake, Sway workshop exploring whirling and the Moroccan Guedra, and the experience made me reconnect with dancing at a very deep and intense level. I felt so alive and free in the space where your body and your soul intersect, and beauty and healing naturally happen. The location was magical and the perfect setting for our group.
Hannah radiates an inner joy, a celebration of the divine, that glows and grows inside her audience. Dancing with Hannah, one is finds herself channeled into the timeless essence of feminine grace, connecting to all women past and present, freeing us to express our true innate beauty