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Perfect Moment Monday: It’s fun to play at the YMCA

Sometimes a perfect moment is a breezy, gradual unfoldment that lands on my shoulder like a butterfly.

And sometimes a perfect moment is a whoosh of bliss, gushing through my entire being, shot directly from the Universe.

This month I got to combine some favorites in many categories: activity, music and people.

The activity was Nia, a a fusion of three each of the dance arts (jazz, modern, Duncan), the healing arts (yoga, Feldenkrais, Alexander) and the martial arts (tae kwan do, tai chi, aikido). I love this graceful, expansive dance class because it’s less about doing it “right” than about simply the joy of movement.

The person was Ethel, the gentle and wise mystic whom I have known for 20 years. Her presence has transformed my life in all the important ways — I have found romance, I have reclaimed my health, I became a mother (twice) I live more mindfully than I used to. I am taking a year-long class with Ethel, and we decided, this March evening, to check in with each other at the YMCA over tea and Nia.

The music was by Loreena McKennitt. Nia classes are known for their world music, and Celtic-influenced The Mummer’s Dance came on late in the session, right before cool-down. We were spinning and lilting to this ethereal tune, expanding our arms as we opened our hearts. It wasn’t meant to be a trance-dance, but all of a sudden the blast of bliss hit me. Every cell in my body was dancing for joy, full of gratitude for having this body, this life, these connections, these senses, this moment.

With my arms and eyes raised to the heavens (or ceiling panels) I sobbed joyously. The light was dim enough and the music was loud enough, though, that no one noticed. I was both fully experiencing my bliss also observing myself experiencing bliss.

I wish I could choreograph these moments on command. But stumbling on them will do, for now.



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Lori Holden, mom of a young adult daughter and a young adult son, writes from Denver. She was honored as an Angel in Adoption® by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.

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16 Responses

  1. I have to admit…I had no clue what Nia was…very intriguing…

    Glad for Ethel’s presence in your life.

  2. How have I never heard of Nia? That sounds wonderful! I will have to look into if there are any classes offered around here. Also, glad you had some quality time with Ethel and such a healthy release of your emotions. Definitely lots of perfect moments. Thank you for sharing.

  3. I have never heard of nia before. It sounds like an amazing experience.

    I love this “I was both fully experiencing my bliss also observing myself experiencing bliss.” Such perfect moment indeed.

  4. I don’t think Nia has made it across the Atlantic yet (or at least not to France, which is not surprising, give it another 10 years…).

    I love how you describe it as a “blast of bliss” – perfect moment indeed!

  5. Oh my goodness, I need a class or evening or just a dance like that. I laugh a lot but I don’t DANCE and move like I should. That was amazing.

  6. Great Perfect Moment. Dancing: clearly the path to a Perfect Moment this week 🙂

    Ethel sounds amazing. I’m so glad you have her in your life.

  7. I haven’t heard of Nia … it sounds like something I would love. 🙂 I had a friend who used to “dance with wild abandon” in her living room … her joyful energy always made me smile. Thank you for sharing this, and making me think of her!

  8. Lovely- you have the best experiences… and the best attitude too! Seriously, when I am working from home one day I need to join you in these things. Your experiences fill me with joy!

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