The Meaning of Easter Through Dance

What is the meaning of Easter?

To me, Easter is love, sacrifice, and hope.

It is a love that we receive regardless how many times we make mistakes, hurt others, or criticize ourselves.  It is a love that never leaves our side.  It is a love so deep that we were worth dying for.

It is a sacrifice that was unimaginable.  It is a sacrifice that was slow, painful, and absolutely horrific.  It is a sacrifice that led to death so that our lives would be saved.

It is a hope that tells us Jesus died for you and me, but miraculously rose from death 3 days later.  It is a hope that shows God has power over death and that death has been defeated.  It is a hope that through God’s unconditional love and Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, we have been saved from eternal death and we have been given the promise of eternal life.

John 11:25-26, New International Version (NIV)

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

It took me about 25 years to believe.  I pray and hope that you will one day soon believe too.

Here is one of my favorite performances that is an interpretive hip hop dance about the story of Mary Magdalene and Jesus.  It begins with Mary Magdalene about to be stoned for adultery and Jesus stepping in to save her.  The dance represents Jesus’ love for all of us regardless of our sins, and continues to show His sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection.  This performance was at the Hawaiian Islands Ministry Conference in 2009 with my old hip hop dance ministry, Eight Count, and is choreographed to “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis.

 

 

 

 

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Power Yoga Playlist – “Everything Is OK”

Everything Is OK

I am a huge worrywart.  My husband can fall asleep as soon as his head hits the pillow, whereas I stay up tossing and turning replaying events from the present day or stressing over my to-do list for the next day.  I worry about big things, like whether I am raising my daughter “right,” or when we will be able to find (or afford) a house to call “home.”  I worry the night before I have to teach class, even though I have taught many classes and know I have a music playlist and class theme prepared.  Then there are those why-am-I-stressing-about-this things like worrying about earthquakes or accidents happening.

We all have worries on our mind (some more than others), but most worries emerge over events that are in the future and are usually out of our control.  It is ok to worry, but not to the point that it consumes your mind and takes you out of the present moment.  If worry creates positive action, then that is productive and helpful.  However, if worry is over something that cannot be changed, then it is useless and should be let go of.  I, myself, am working on tackling my worries by acknowledging them when they arise, exhaling them away with a conscious effort, and replacing those worries with reminders that everything will turn out fine.  It is an active, and very deliberate, process that I am working on in my own life.

My playlist this week includes songs that remind us that everything is ok.  No matter what challenges life hands us, we need to let go of our worries and focus on everything in the present moment that is good and beautiful.  You are strong and you will make it.  You will be ok.

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Power Yoga Playlist – “Everything Is OK”

Introduction / Pose Breakdown / Breathwork:

Silence

Sun Salutations A & B:

1) “Everything’s Okay,” by Lenka, 3:51

2) “OK, It’s Alright With Me,” by Eric Hutchinson, 2:31

3) “We’ll Be Alright,” by Travie McCoy, 3:17

Standing Work Series:

4) “We OK,” by The Very Best and K’Naan, 4:36

5) “It’s Alright,” by Matt and Kim, 3:24

6) “It’s OK,” by Cee Lo Green, 3:46

7) “Be OK,” by Chrisette Michele and Will.I.Am, 3:43

8) “All Alright,” by Fun., 3:57

9) “Be OK,” by Ingrid Michaelson, 2:28

Backbending / Core Work:

10) “All Will Be Well,” by The Gabe Dixon Band, 4:10

11) “Okay Alright I’m Alive,” by Bahamas, 2:58

Hips / Deep Stretching:

12) “Everything Will Be Alright,” by Matt Wertz, 2:55

13) “Living In The Moment,” by Jason Mraz, 3:55

14) “Be Alright,” (Acoustic Version) by Justin Bieber, 3:30

Savasana:

15) “Why Not?” by Jonsi, 4:49

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“Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how… The artist never entirely knows.  We guess.  We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.”

~ Agnes de Mille