January 28th at Helen’s dance

104 Av. Victor Hugo, 1750 Luxembourg

The Atlas of the Heart:
Places we go when we fall short

In her Atlas of the Heart, Brené Brown takes us to the “Places we go when we fall short»: Shame, perfectionism, embarrassment might be the places in our heart where I, you, we go.

When we feel like not being performant enough, when we fail to meet our expectations or think we fail to meet other’s expectations, shame shows up. And with shame, perfectionism: If we look, live, work and do everything perfectly, we can avoid this painful experience. But there is no such thing as perfect. And the more we fail to that unattainable goal, the more we feel ashamed, judged, blamed… it’s a vicious circle. Once more Brené Brown can inspire us. Talking about shame resilience she writes:

“Can you physically recognize when you’re in the grip of shame, feel your way through it, and figure out what messages and expectations trigger it?”
This is part of our conscious movement practice: to speak in a physical language with an emotion and to freely allow feelings in and out and through movement.

“Are you owning and sharing your story? We can’t experience self-compassion and empathy if we are not connecting”
This is part of our conscious movement practice: By developing tolerance for emotional intensity, for our own feelings and others’, by showing up with our emotions, we form the basis for empathy and self-compassion.

We don’t like to go to these places and even don’t want to name them. Avoiding them, numbing them is not a solution. It disembodies us from our own inner world and disconnects us from ourselves and from others.

Understand, name, embody, respect and even befriend them IS a solution. And our bodies are the first to give feedback from our heart.
Letting them speak and over all, listen to them, is the first step to befriend emotions like shame, guilt, embarrassment. And then having a conversation with these emotions.

Brené Brown writes: “we need to pull up a chair and sit with them, understand them”.
And that’s where our dance comes in:

I suggest that we invite our shame… for a dance this Saturday! Shamelessly!!!

AND: THE CENTER will hold!
if, and only if, we can feel the edges!

Once we are centered, we can dare to be in relationship with our own insecurity.
Remember what we danced the last Saturdays:
Center is a conversation, it’s constantly moving. We get off center, we get in again, we get off, we get in!
That’s the conversation Brené Brown invites us to, on the chair having a conversation and feeling the edges!

Come and join us in a common dance on a common floor!
Good music is going to support us in our explorations

Price: 25 €
You can pay cash at the beginning of the class
You can use PayPal if you have an account
You can transfer 25€ on my Bank Account IBAN LU85 0024 1521 8570 0000

Wear comfortable clothes in layers, you might like also to wear socks at the beginning or during the whole class
Bring your bottle of water or tea
… and the curiosity and the willingness to have a conversation with shame.

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