Shiva Nata: the Dance of Shiva

Shiva Nata is brain training that kind of looks like martial arts, and acts like drugs-that-make-you-smart-and-hot.
It uses movement patterns to generate new neural connections and huge understandings that let you rewrite your patterns.
Sometimes we hate it for being so damn hard – but we get over that because Shiva Nata makes us graceful, coordinated and awesome. And because of the hot, buttered epiphanies.

A Dance of Shiva mini-epiphany.

Or a lil’ Piph, as Kimberlee suggested.

Oh yes.


So two days ago I had a tiny sparkle of a post-Shiva-Nata realization.

Definitely not an epiphany. A gasp of a something leading up to one.


It occurred to me after my practice that what I’m focusing on (or trying to emphasize) in my life right now has two parts.

It’s about grounding and stability on the one hand, and flow and movement on the other.

And of course both are related, blah blah blah.

The connection part wasn’t the realization.

The realization was more that I want to focus on this in my home. And that I wanted to think about bringing grounding and stability into my sleeping area (hence the new mattress obsession).

And about bringing flow and movement into my workspace.

But all that is the background to the actual moment of bing that has been sparking all kinds of things today.


So then yesterday morning I was doing my morning ritual of visiting each corner in Hoppy House and connecting to the qualities I’m working on.

Because, you know, wackiness is a great way to start the day.

And I had a total Shiva Nata moment. A mini-epiphany of the best kind.

A quick surprising rearranging of the internal matrix.

Just the way we like it.

Okay. Here it is.

I was standing outside the door of my bedroom. The space that I want to bring more grounding and stability to.

And realized it was flanked by trees.

There is a tree on the mezuzah (you might have to wikipedia that one, sorry). And a tree is the central theme in the gorgeous painting I bought from Leah Piken Kolidas, which hangs on the other side of the door.

Right. The space I want to ground is surrounded by trees on both sides.

Also the room itself has lots of wood. And a brown floor. And all the other colors are first and second chakra colors. Hello, grounding.

Why no, I’m not done boggling at myself yet.

So I went into the office, thinking about what would have to happen to make that space more about flow and movement.

And then realized that it’s all about flow and movement.

In fact, I have four separate pictures of boats in there (only one is a pirate ship, interestingly enough). Plus the walls are … blue.

Like water. And symbolically it’s the fifth chakra which is all about inspiration and connection and communication and various flow-centric stuff like that.

Oh, and I have a painting by Sarah Lacy of a seascape.

My focus: on something that’s already there. Awesome.

I’ve been spending a lot of time and money and energy on new and better ways to negotiate my relationship with space.

To get better at feeling at home in my space.

Wonderful classes with Jen Hofmann and Lisa Baldwin. Picking up on smartnesses from Cairene MacDonald and Janet Bailey.

And all of these things are helping. It’s all about incremental change.

But while all this change has been infusing my life, my brain hadn’t caught up with it.

Hadn’t internalized just how much has actually shifted. Or just how much of what I was looking for was already present.

The conclusion-ey bit.

So yeah.

Obviously the “everything you need is already inside you” thing is a coffee mug slogan a known spiritual truth type of thing .

But it was pretty cool to trip over the reminder that it really is.

Because everything I needed was already there. In seed form.

My job isn’t to bring grounding in or to make flow happen. It’s just to notice what is and attune to the qualities that are already there.

It’s about moving from what I’d thought was the question:

“How do I bring more of these elements and qualities into my space and into my life?”

… to the real question:

“How do I notice and remember that my space already contains what I want and need from it?”

It’s about moving from the old thing of bringing something in to the new thing which is accessing something that’s already present.

Bonk bonk bonk.

Off to play with Captain Obvious. And to do another ten minutes of Shiva-ing it up. Because I can’t wait to find out what’s next.

6 Comments on “A Dance of Shiva mini-epiphany.”

  1. I love this! Thank you for this example of how a sparkle of a realization led to a mini-epiphany, which in turn led to a deep understanding and internalization.
    Getting the whole string of little realizations leading up to that new understanding laid down like this helped me see that what may well be a hot buttered epiphany may not necessarily feel like it, because even though it happens to be the last piece of the puzzle and it finally makes the whole thing make sense, it’s actually no bigger than all the other pieces that have been put together previously. So yeah, of course it won’t feel like a bigger piece or whatever, but it still brought everything together. Nice!
    That was very helpful, thank you!
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  2. I LOVE how this lil piph is all about connections and seeing familiar things differently. I think I do sometimes only pay attention to the piphs that take me someplace new rather than someplace familiar but in a new way.

  3. Jessica


    Now I’m off to journal about how that same principle of noticing what already is applies to my own stuff.

    Yaaayyy, Dance of Shiva!

  4. Oh, that is powerful stuff! It reminds me of something my sweetie says to me from time to time, which has become a bit of a personal affirmation: “You *are* the woman you want to be.”

    Interestingly, I find that feeling that way comes more naturally in that peaceful time just after I’ve done my Shiva dancing. It’s a good feeling!

  5. Lindsay McLeod

    Yay for mini piphs! I love that.

    Since just the one session I’ve been tripping over them everywhere and beginning to see ‘just how much of what I was looking for was already present’.

    It’s delivered a bumper pack of mini piphs!! The kids are taking them to school for snacks ;)

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