Danger Will Robinson! Danger!

Near the end of July, I implemented a Daily Practice Challenge at the studio and included both bellydance and yoga students. I’ve been frustrated by my efforts around practice in general (both yoga and bellydance) and needed accountabilibuddies to help me figure it out. The Hive feels much like a laboratory to me and becauseContinue Reading

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Progress Over Perfection. Take #32

Progress over Perfection. That phrase has been a guiding light for me over the past many months. During the Hive’s repair, it was difficult for me to see any progress. Even though I understood rationally that the accident wasn’t a punishment from the Multiverse, it took a LOT of energy to stay in a moreContinue Reading

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Habit. (and not the kind Nuns wear)

Since my retreat in October, I’ve been immersed in a state of forgiving mySelf. In the past, I’ve been known to blame mySelf and take responsibility for EVERYTHING. Seriously. I mean everything. Even stuff that didn’t have anything to do with me.  When I take responsibility for stuff, it provides me with the illusion thatContinue Reading

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Open. For realface.

When I found out a car had crashed into the side of my building, I’d been dancing and enjoying a day filled with great friends, music, food and drink. There were still several hours left for fun and I knew that no one had been hurt in the accident. I had a 2 options (it wasContinue Reading

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Upper Limit Problem-TAKE 2!

Upper Limit problem. Take 2. I’ve been thinking about Upper Limit Problems A LOT since my last blog. Once I understood how ULPs affect me, I couldn’t stop noticing them. I was experiencing an ULP many times a day EVERY DAY. EVERY. DAY.            Several times a day.   ULP. (…giggle…) I devoured the book, The BigContinue Reading

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Upper Limits

Upper limit problem. Laura, my co-detective when it comes to sussing out the inner workings of Me, and I have been talking a LOT about this recently.  We’ve been talking specifically about happiness. The idea that we, or I (let me speak for myself), have grown accustomed to a certain level of happiness. As I beginContinue Reading

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Deep Space: The Final Frontier -or- How I learned to become a Warrior Monk

I’ve been thinking lots about what it means to be my biggest self and why I sometimes choose to play it small. Whether it’s conscious or not, each moment provides me the opportunity to choose between LOVE and FEAR. (BREATHE, Melissa) Before I went on retreat, there was so much fear around this notion ofContinue Reading

4 Responses to Deep Space: The Final Frontier -or- How I learned to become a Warrior Monk

  1. McnuttMt says:

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  2. peter platten says:

    Wow! I’m feeling so many of the same things right now. It seems like the retreat was right on time.

  3. Asha Barkett says:

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    • Melissa Lopez says:

      Asha! I don’t think this is easy at all—simple, but not easy! I believe every person has it within themselves to be able to be their biggest, most beautiful Self! Baby steps, time and the desire to change is all you need. Thanks for reading!

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AIM TRUE

Kathryn Budig, an international yoga instructor known for her excellent instruction and strong inversion (upside down) practice, came to Cleveland this weekend to teach a series of workshops. I must tell you that 15 months ago, I was petrified—clammy hands and forget about butterflies in my tummy, I’m talking a stampede of elephants pounding fromContinue Reading

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Not enough ___________. You fill in the blank.

  Scarcity thinking. Me? Nuh-uh. I’m a gratitude junky. Just take a look at my Facebook timeline or spend a day with me. I’m always giving thanks for my many blessings. And—in the same moment, I’m feeling like there’s never enough time to get everything done. CONFESSION. As I’ve grown accustomed to my teaching scheduleContinue Reading

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  1. Gail says:

    I am grateful for synchronicity… that you brought this up when I just had a breakdown about it yesterday.
    For me, I spend most of my time in the scarcity trap concerning time. It seems I barely have enough time to get daily things done, let alone get caught up on things that I am behind on or have time for the things that I am passionate about(I miss dance!). I do my best to be grateful for what I have, but I take for granted whatever time I have to get something done or to sit around replying to a blog. And as I am typing this, I caught myself thinking I don’t have enough time to do laundry. So I guess I am unsure of how to get out of it…yet. But awareness is key. So I guess I will start working there.
    Thank you for this. I am really loving this part of The Hive.

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A Legacy of LOVE

It’s time to return to my “normal” routine. Today marks a week that my Mamá died. Time has had such a different quality over the last 7 days…well, really over the last several weeks. We held vigil for her. Singing at her bedside, praying, helping her Spirit fly free from the heaviness of this corporalContinue Reading

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  1. Jennifer Borrelli says:

    This is beautiful!

  2. Nicole Helsley says:

    Absolutely beautiful…a wonderful tribute to the woman we call Mamá….

  3. Robyn says:

    So beautiful she would be proud!!! my condolence to you and your family.

  4. Maria Roman says:

    Mama would of been proud. I love you!

  5. Shelly says:

    So touching. You were able to give those at the service every sense of her. God Bless you and your family

  6. Lalena Montes says:

    This was one amazing tribute to a very wonderful woman! She is with her Father and his Son…Rejoice ye shall be with them soon! Awesome Eulogy!

    • Melissa Lopez says:

      Thank you so much. While I miss her, I know she is here with me always and in a peaceful and joyous place!

  7. Bob & Jo Kritz says:

    Wonderful tribute to a wonderful Women & Friend. We are glad to have met her and her wonderful Family years ago.What a wonderful example What a wonderful example the little children there Grandmother has left them. We have a wonderful Angel watching over u. God Bless Carlos and the Montes Family. Our Love to all. Hugs & Kisses

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