Thursday March 26: Abundance!

Whilst I am writing this, a bird in my small city-garden

tries very hard to collect materials for it’s nest.

He picks some straws but then he sees larger ones, and some feathers.
He is looking, looking at both possibilities.

It is offered many chances. This richness gives him a kind of stress. What to do? Which one to pick? A big pidgeon comes by, watching him. The small bird has to hurry; make it’s choice. A rabbit is not far too.

He drops what he has and quickly goes o the better stuff.
He flies off, comes back for more. The small garden gives him an abundance of possibilities.

These days you can see very well what coming of spring means to the birds, to the trees.
Nature cannot wait till the spring does make itself feel.
The bird doesn’t think; wow, what will I do this year? Where will I go?
It acts upon the abundant chances it gets.

Last week we danced with a beautiful group dances of Yang, feeling the force of spring expressing themselves also through us.

You are very welcome this thursday to join the class. The theme of this weeks class is inspired by the bird and spring:

Abundance!

The class will be taught in English. (If necessary I can teach in English and Dutch)

19 maart: Oops! No classes

It was a bit of shock; I had cancelled this class but apparently my message did not reach everyone. I am so sorry for the people standing for a closed door. That is not Biodanza and not Lucia. It was a kind of fear for m that this would happen one day. And after five years of teaching it did……….

 

 

 

Whilst I am writing this, a bird in my small city-garden

tries very hard to collect materials for it’s nest.

He picks some straws but then he sees larger ones, and some feathers.
He is looking, looking at both possibilities.

It is offered many chances. This richness gives him a kind of stress. What to do? Which one to pick?  A big pidgeon comes by, watching him. The small bird has to hurry; make it’s choice. A rabbit is not far too.

He drops what he has and quickly goes o the better stuff.
He flies off, comes back for more. The small garden gives him an abundance of possibilities.

These days you can see very well what coming of spring means to the birds, to the trees.
Nature cannot wait till the spring does make itself feel.
The bird doesn’t think; wow, what will I do this year? Where will I go?
It acts upon the abundant chances it gets.

Last week we danced with a beautiful group dances of Yang, feeling the force of spring expressing themselves also through us.

You are very welcome this thursday to join the class. The theme of this weeks class is inspired by the bird and spring:

Abundance!

The class will be taught in English. (If necessary I can teach in English and Dutch)

Februari 26 Love your Movement, your Body, yourself!

This class is open to beginners and will be tought in English and Dutch. It’s an introduction to the components of Biodanza; it;s lovely and diverse music, the dances with the elements fire, earth, water & air. The nourishing ‘exercises’ to become more you by dancing alone, in 2’s and with the tribe, eh, the group.

My Funny Valentine 19 february

Het liedje gezongen door Nico & The Velvet Underground inspireert me tot het thema van deze les. De Valentine in het liedje is tegelijk belachelijk, niet te fotograferen en de zangeres haar favoriete kunstwerk. Ze wil hartstochtelijk dat deze imperfecte figuur bij haar blijft. Deze les inspireert me om te dansen op het thema (im)perfectie als Condition Humaine. Doe je mee met al je perfecte en imperfecte kanten?

Teaching Compassion?

Kan dat? Blijkbaar: Hier is link near het artikel. Als hem kopieert of opent zie je ook de illustraties:

http://www.fastcoexist.com/3037045/want-to-train-your-brain-to-feel-more-compassion-heres-how

Want To Train Your Brain To Feel More Compassion? Here’s How
Scientific evidence shows that we can teach our brains to feel more compassion, both for others and ourselves. Imagine how the world might be different if we all learned this skill.
WRITTEN BY Helen Weng

Many of us know that if we want to become more physically healthy, we can exercise. What if we want to improve our emotional health? Are there ways to train emotional “muscles” such as compassion? Would such training improve our lives?

Compassion meditation is an ancient contemplative practice to strengthen feelings of compassion towards different kinds of people. The feeling of compassion itself is the emotional response of caring and wanting to help when encountering a person’s suffering.

With practice, it’s thought that compassion can be enhanced and this will increase the likelihood of a person exhibiting helping behavior—not only during the meditation practice, but out in the real world, when interacting with others. In a study my colleagues and I conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (directed by Dr. Richard J. Davidson), participants were taught to generate compassion for different categories of people, including both those they love and “difficult” people in their lives. Doing these kinds of exercises is a little like weight training—the compassion “muscle” is strengthened by practicing with people of increasing difficulty, like increasing weights over time.
After only two weeks of online training, participants in our study who practiced compassion meditation every day behaved more altruistically towards strangers compared to another group taught to simply regulate or control their negative emotions. Not only that, the people who were the most altruistic after receiving compassion training also were the individuals who showed the largest changes in how their brains responded to images of suffering. These findings suggest that compassion is a trainable skill, and that practice can actually alter the way our brains perceive suffering and increase our actions to relieve that suffering.

When we embarked on our study several years ago, earlier research had shown that expert compassion meditation practitioners who have accumulated over 10,000 hours of practice show greater neural responses to suffering compared to control participants. We also wondered, what about people like you and me? Can people from the general population also cultivate compassion with much less practice?

We decided to give only seven hours of practice, in 30 minutes daily sessions for two weeks. We wanted to see if these people would change, both in exhibiting altruistic behavior and in the ways their brains responded to suffering. We recruited participants with no prior meditation experience and randomly assigned them to learn either compassion training or reappraisal training, which is an emotion regulation technique that asks people to re-interpret negative events to decrease negative emotions. Both groups trained for two weeks by listening to guided audio instructions over the Internet.

Compassion meditation downloads, May 2013-April 2014

In the 30-minute guided compassion meditation, participants practiced compassion for themselves, a loved one, a stranger, and a difficult person in their lives (see full script here). Participants were told to observe the thoughts and feelings that arise as they imagine a time that each person has suffered. The goal is to give participants practice at tolerating their reactions, rather than avoiding them or getting too wrapped up in them. The next part involves actively wishing others compassion—or wishing their suffering is relieved. Participants repeated phrases such as, “May you be free from suffering. May you have joy and ease.” They were instructed to pay attention to sensations in the body, particularly around the heart (this is called “interoception”).

In the session, the compassion we feel for the loved one is used as a kind of home base to then attempt to extend similar levels of compassion to the other people. It’s rare in our everyday lives that we truly contemplate the suffering of strangers or of people we may dislike.

The real test of whether compassion could be learned was if people would behave more altruistically towards strangers, by doing things like spending their own money to help people they had never met. After the trainings, participants played an economic exchange game in which they had the opportunity to spend their own money to help an anonymous person in need. After only the seven hours of practice, people who trained in compassion behaved more generously compared to the other group.

Importantly, these differences in altruistic behavior were also linked to physical changes in the brain. We scanned the participants with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) both before and after meditation training. In the scanner, they viewed pictures of people suffering (such as seeing a crying child or a person with a physical injury) and employed their assigned training strategy. The compassion group generated feelings of compassion while silently repeating the phrases they learned, such as, “May you be free from suffering. May you have joy and ease.” The reappraisal group used their training to re-interpret the meaning of the images to decrease negative emotions, such as saying to themselves, “This person will make a full recovery from the injury.”

May you be free from suffering. May you have joy and ease.
In the end, there was a correlation between brain activation changes and altruistic response. The participants who were the most altruistic playing the computer game showed the greatest changes in brain activation in response to suffering. In the most altruistic participants, activation increased in the inferior parietal cortex (a region of the brain involved in empathy and understanding others), in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (a region involved in emotional control), and in the nucleus accumbens (a region involved in rewarding emotions). This may reflect that compassion training increases detection of others’ suffering through neural circuitry involved in empathic resonance and sharing others’ experiences. It also suggests that these individuals may have been learning to change their emotional response to a more caring response for the person in need. The participants in the control group either showed no relationship between their brain responses and their altruistic behavior or a negative relationship.

These findings provide early evidence that compassion is a trainable skill rather than a stable trait. This work could be applied to many settings where improved relationships and communication can be beneficial including health care, education, and business.

After the experiment, we’ve made these trainings available for free to the general public. As of April 2014, over 3,700 people have downloaded the compassion meditation training in over 60 countries (see map above).

People from the general population have reported beneficial effects such as, “I feel after practicing compassion meditation, I can monitor my emotions better. I can sympathize with other people better and I get upset with them less often.” People also felt better about themselves. One person said: “After compassion training, I feel far greater kindness and self-acceptance towards myself. The harsh self-critic is gradually unraveling.” Some struggled, especially with the difficult person in their lives. That’s to be expected, and it may be helpful to consult therapists, teachers, or mentors to help navigate them.

We hope that by providing the public with scientific knowledge and tools, people can be empowered to make changes that can benefit themselves and their communities. To try the trainings, visit the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds website.

 

12 februari Vitaliteit van het Speelse Kind

Weet je nog dat je vroeger huppelde? Door een mooi verlichte kamer of buiten kon lopen en dromen te gelijk? Je energie kreeg door samen te spelen, te buitelen en te ravotten, onbezonnen en vol vertrouwen? Stap vanavond (weer) in die wereld en dans je vitaal op de aangeboorde  energie van dat onbezonnen kind.

De les is open voor beginners en gevorderden. Meldt je van te voren even bij Lucia: 06 24558217 of LMALINDNER@ZIGGO.NL.

Welkom aan de Noordwal

Welkom – Welcome – Bienvenue

(For English plse see below. En Francais voire en bas de la page SVP)

Biodanza is een systeem van dans, zo ontworpen dat we er maximaal gelukkig en gezond door worden, als we het met enige regelmaat beoefenen. We stimuleren onze vitale kanten en ook het vermogen om ons te ontspannen, om ons over te geven en om los te laten. Dit systeem is ‘uitgevonden’ door een Chileense familie, met de inmiddels overleden medisch antropoloog en psycholoog Rolando Toro aan kop. Zijn kinderen en kleinkinderen beoefenen biodanza en brengen het momenteel in een sneltreinvaart de hele wereld over. In Nederland bestaat Biodanza nu zo een 15 jaar.

Iedere ere donderdagavond om 19.45 wordt er Biodanzales gegeven aan de Noordwal. Ik heb gemerkt dat je van Biodanza het meeste baat hebt in je dagelijks leven (zoals verhoging  van je levenslust, het bewust worden van je lichaam)  als je het een tijdje in een vaste groep doet. Dan krijg je genoeg vertrouwen om je helemaal uit te drukken in de expressie van jouw dans, jouw beweging. We doen bijna nooit dansen met pasjes, we leren op een veel organischer manier samen dansen.

Aan het begin van iedere reeks lessen is het mogelijk een kaart te kopen die geldig is voor een aantal lessen. De prijs per les met  kaart komt neer op 10 euro per les. Losse lessen voor mensen die niet vast komen kosten 15 euro, een proefles is 10 euro.

Als je op de knop ‘Wekelijkse Groep in Den Haag’ drukt (bovenaan de homepage) zie je een aantal thema’s van de lessen beschreven. Ik zet dat een aantal dagen voor de les op de site. De thema’s komen vaak weer terug, soms in een net andere vorm. Als je het thema nog niet ziet staan, maar je bent nieuwsgierig, dan kun je me dat even laten weten.

Every thursdaynight we practice Biodanza. The location is Noordwal 117; we start at 19.45. The classes can easily be facilitated in English. My 3 -year training as biodanzafacilitator was mainly in French and English.  Let me know you are coming on 06 24558217. You can call or send a text message. An email is also possible; LMALINDNER@ZIGGO.NL.

Si vous voulez des instructions (on parle pas beaucoup au Biodanza) en Francais, c’est possible. Vous etes bienvenue. Laisse-moi savoir si vous plaites; par telephone, sms ou email. 06 24558217 ou LMALINDNER@ZIGGO.NL. On recommence janvier 8 a 19.45 heures a la Noordwal numéro 117.)

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Rolando Toro. Hij is op zijn 83 ste overleden en danste tot op de laatste dag door zijn leven.

 

 

 

 

 

22 januari 19. 45 uur 3e les aan de Noordwal

Komende donderdag 22 januari al weer de derde les aan de Noordwal 117. In een heel mooie studio, we voelen ons er thuis. Je bent van harte welkom om 19.45. We dansen anderhalf uur. We laten ons meenemen door de ritmes aan het aan het begin, om zacht te landen in het rustige gedeelte, verkwikt en levenslustig ga je weer naar huis. Deze lessen zijn toegankelijk voor mensen die biodanza willen proberen en mensen die al wel biodanzaervaring hebben.

 

Je kan even een sms’je of een mailtje sturen naar Lucia als je voor het eerst komt. 06 24558217 en LMALINDNER@ZIGGO.NL.

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