TranscenDANCED in Asmara

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What an enlightening experience!!!

I was so nervous on Saturday morning, I kept going through all the things I wanted to say during the event. PLUS it was my sister’s birthday so I wanted to make sure she was having a good time.

The weather was beautiful that day, and Asmarawas ready for us to set up when we arrived at 9 15. When people started arriving, I was surprised to see so many new faces, and even familiar faces of friends who I did not expect to see at the event. It was a wonderful feeling :] We started by sitting in a circle, explaining the event, the rules and, what to expect during the dance. There were about 20 of us, most of which have never experienced ecstatic dance before. We started by stretching and shaking our bodies to get warmed up, and then we brought our attention to the breath. So it began…

Transcendance DO’S:

✅ You are FREE to express yourself
✅ Free to move or just mediate on the side or do yoga
✅ No need to follow steps
✅ Parents can bring their kids

Transcendance DONT’S:
❌ No shoes
❌ No alcohol
❌ No drugs
❌ No phones/cameras
❌ No talking in the space

Unfortunately I don’t have any more photos or videos to post just yet, but I will get a few to share with you all soon! Since it was our first time we decided to document some parts of the event, that way others can get an idea of what the experience is all about, and hopefully, join in next time!

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This was only my 3rd ecstatic dance experience and although I was worrying about how people were going to react, I was beautifully surprised and happy to see that everyone was so open and receptive to the music and to the movement. I loved catching people in the eyes and then smiling at them, I loved seeing people full of joy and letting go of judgments, and I thoroughly enjoyed being in that space together where we were all embracing the moment and becoming one. I felt emotional and fulfilled.

After about an hour, the music leaded us to shavasana and then we came together for the sharing circle. This was when my heart grew and melted. Everyone shared very kind words about the event, but most importantly, shared their personal experience without fear. I thrive on openness and oneness, and that was given to me last Saturday morning, HASHTAG BLESSED! Haha… :-p . I saw myself in each person and felt so connected to them, to my surroundings, and to my body and soul. We then surprised Divine with a birthday cake :] It was delightful to see her so happy as this was only the second time for her to DJ ecstatic dance music. She did a great job by the way, and I’m not just saying that because she’s my sister!

I’m very grateful to Princess and Jangee for inviting me to start this movement with them, and very thankful for my sister and boyfriend for being so supportive of my ventures. Thank you Asmara for the venue! We are very excited for the future of Transcendance! Please stay tuned on my facebook page for the upcoming events.

Namaste ❤

 

Why Milk?

Why Milk?

A girlfriend shared this video to me yesterday; short but very informative video for those who question, why is cow’s milk is included in our diet? Here is the answer.

This did not come shocking to me. Luckily, when I was a child, my parents never forced milk on me. Sure, it tasted great with my cereal, but I was never one who drank glasses and glasses of milk. To me, it was unappetising and I just didn’t understand the whole hype of it. Growing up living in the countryside of England, I was exposed to milk farming, and I just wasn’t drawn to the idea that the milk came from another animal’s “breast”. Of course I was told that it would make my bones stronger and help me grow, but when you’re a kid, non of that really makes you want to eat or drink certain things.

Evidence of humans milking cows dates back to 4000 BC. It was part of a lot of civilisations, including the ancient Sumerians and Egyptians, however, how we milk cows today is disheartening. These industries only care about money, they don’t care about our health, and they sure don’t care about living animals.

Here is a video that explains why how dairy is produced. This is the reality.

Contrary to popular belief, ignorance is NOT bliss.

  • Dairy cows are kept almost continually pregnant in order to maximize their production of milk. Calves are separated from their mothers within 12 – 24 hours of birth and most are trucked to slaughter from just 5 days old. Around 700,000 ‘bobby calves’ (mostly males) are killed every year as waste products of the dairy industry, and others are made into veal. These young, vulnerable animals can legally be deprived of food for up to 30 hours during this journey to slaughter.
  • Mother cows are milked twice a day and the use of machine pumps can contribute to painful mastitis. Before long, she is artificially impregnated again, carrying another calf to term, only for the same cruel cycle to be repeated.
  • Cows can expect to live up to 20 years. Dairy cows used in the milk industry though are regarded as ‘spent’ after just 6 or 7 years and are sent to slaughter – their years of pain and sacrifice not sparing them this premature end.

Fortunately, many tasty and healthy plant-based ‘milks’ are now available on the market or can be made in the comfort of your own home. From hemp and coconut to almond and soy, plant-based, creamy beverages can fill the dairy ‘void’ in your home and help you live a longer, healthier life. My favourite place to buy these beverages are in S&R.

I hope this has opened your eyes to the cruel, cruel world of the dairy industry. Make the right choice and stop the violence.

Live cruelty free.