Subject: One Global Nation
Welcome to Celebrating the Journey!
Friday, March 22, 2002
Issue #79


1. Welcome Notes
2. One Global Nation – It’s an Attitude
3. Coaching: See the Similarities
5. Celebrating Out Loud!
6. Resources for the Journey
7. Humor: I’ve Been Diagnosed With AAADD

1. Welcome Notes

I had the wonderful opportunity last weekend to be a part
of the making of a video designed to bring the concept of
dance as a spiritual practice to a wide audience. The project
was conceived by Ellen Watson who has for many years
been deeply involved in Yoga, Gabrielle Roth’s 5 Rhythms,
Trance Dance and other forms of movement as spiritual

Ellen cares deeply about the wellbeing of our planet and the
people who dwell on it. Since September 11, she has taken
on the mission of living her message that if we are to heal
ourselves and our world, we must envision it as a Global
Nation rather than a globe of nations. Her purpose in
creating the video is to introduce a unifying spiritual
practice, one which can draw people together — regardless
of where they live or their religious beliefs or the color of
their skins — in a practice which is centering, good exercise
and a huge amount of fun.

Her words and strength of commitment touched me deeply
and are the source of the body of this issue of Celebrating
the Journey. If you share her vision for the planet and/or
her love of dance and movement, would like to know more
about it or are interested in how you can help, email Ellen at For more information
about dance as a spiritual practice, scroll down to Resources
for the Journey.

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2. One Global Nation – It’s An Attitude

Ellen Watson’s vision of One Global Nation rather than a
globe of nations (see Welcome Notes), is an enormously
important one. And equally huge. For many of us, it is too
huge. We think it impossible that we, as individuals, can
have any effect on eliminating violence, hatred, racism, and
nationalism at a global level; on opening our planet’s
perspective from national to global.

It’s not at all impossible.

We don’t have to be a world leader or a delegate at the
United Nations or a vocal protester to influence our world
and its people. We manifest that influence each day in how
we treat one another and in the attitudes we bring to our

How we are with one another affects the attitudes of a
family; which affects the attitudes of a neighborhood; which
affects the attitudes of a town; which affects the attitudes of a
state; which affects the attitudes of a country; which affects
the decisions that control our world.

It may be true that we, as individuals, cannot directly stop
terrorism. We can, however, live from the values of love
and unity rather than from hatred and separatism. We can
treat each person and each living creature who comes into
our lives in the way we wish to be treated. We can live with
the awareness that all of us are connected in some way and
honor each being as we honor that person we love the most.

We see American flags in huge numbers these days. The
unity and support that has happened in these difficult times
is wonderful. And perhaps it is time that we expand that
unity and support even beyond our borders, to include the
entire planet and all its people. One house on the road on
which I live flies an American flag and below it flies a banner
that is a photograph of our Planet Earth with the words,
“with liberty and justice for all.”

The words were written by the founding fathers of the
United States of America. They are equally as valid for our
planet. Let us take the attitude upon which one country was
founded and expand it to include all countries and all people.

3. Coaching: See the Similarities

Creating One Global Nation from our great globe of nations
begins simply with seeing the similarities rather than the
differences: between individuals, between races, between
religions, between political systems, between countries.

Ask how are we alike rather than seeing only how we are
different. Look for the connections rather than the distances.
Take the time to know someone’s heart rather being put off
by their skin color or religion or accent way of dressing.

It’s a simple thing. See the similarities more than the
differences and act accordingly. That is how each of us can
be a part of the creation of One Global Nation.


Love the moment, and the energy of that moment will
spread beyond all boundaries.
Corita Kent

As we increasingly recognize the need to recreate balance
in the environment of our planet, we are called upon to
create a commensurate balance in our inner environment.
Findhorn Garden Book

…there is no way we can go forward except together and no
way anybody can win except by serving the people’s urgent
needs. We cannot stand still or slip backwards. We must go
forward now together.
Gerald R. Ford

We are all in this together, by ourselves.
Lily Tomlin

5. Celebrating Out Loud

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more
there is in life to celebrate.
Oprah Winfrey

Terri Cheney writes, “My personal celebration centers
around losing weight. … Please celebrate with me the
reclaiming of good health!” You can celebrate with Terri at

Know someone who’s celebrating a great occasion? Or a
small one? What better gift than to forward them a copy
of Celebrating the Journey with a celebratory wish in it.
Let’s spread the joy!

6. Resources for the Journey

Dance as a spiritual practice is offered in a number of
different forms. It is a rich and valuable way to reconnect
with our bodies and our hearts in a safe and fun
environment. I have personal experience with or a trusted
reference for each of the modalities listed below. Take a look
and see what can happen when you move your body in a
new way.

Don’t have a clue what I’m talking about? What is this
ecstatic dance thing, anyway? An interview with Vin Marti,
founder of Soul Motion, explains it much better than I can. If
you’re at all interested in the idea of healing your heart and
soul and body through movement, read this interview at

Vin Marti taught 5 Rhythms for many years and has now
created his own form called Soul Motion. The 5 days I
danced with Vin changed how I see myself as a woman. This
is extraordinary and powerful work. And it’s an enormous
amount of fun as well. Find out more at

>From dancing to Yoga to the exquisite sensations of
massage, the body and spirit benefit from movement. Ellen
Watson’s website is for people

who move. The site has an extensive schedule of workshops
offered by Ellen and other Moving Ventures teachers. Want
to experience moving your body in a whole new way?
Check out these workshops.

Gabrielle Roth developed the Five Rhythms form of dance
in her own healing process at the Esalen Institute in the 60’s.
“Put your psyche in motion, and it will heal itself,” is her
experience and belief. Mine as well. Over the past 35 years,
she has taken thousands of people on a journey
from physical and emotional inertia to the freedom of
ecstasy, from the tyranny of the chattering ego-mind to the
blessed emptiness of stillness. There are many teacher
throughout the world who offer 5 Rhythms classes. Are you
stuck in your life and want to get unstuck? Get your body
and your psyche moving. Gabrielle’s homepage is a great resource for
more information.

7. Humor: I’ve Been Diagnosed With AAADD

This came to me from my dear friend Leelee Stege who, like
me, is in her mid 50’s. It certainly fits me. I’m guessing that
many of you will find it familiar. And for you youngsters,
you’ll understand soon enough!

I have recently been diagnosed with AAADD:
Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.

This is how it goes…

I decided to wash the car, started toward the garage and
noticed the mail on the table. OK, I’m going to wash
the car… BUT FIRST, I’m going to go through the mail. Lay
car keys down on desk. After discarding the junk mail, I
notice the trash can is full. OK, I’ll just put the bills on my
desk… BUT FIRST I’ll take the trash out…but since I’m going
to be near the mailbox, I’ll address a few bills. Yes, now
where is the checkbook? OOPS, there’s only one check left.
Where did I put the extra checks? Oh, there’s my empty
plastic cup from last night on my desk. I’m going to look for
those checks… BUT FIRST, I need to put the cup back in the
kitchen. I head for the kitchen, look out the window and
notice that the flowers need a drink of water. I put the
cup on the counter and…there’s my extra pair of glasses on
the kitchen counter. What are they doing here? I’ll just put
them away… BUT FIRST, I need to water those plants. I
head for the door and… OH OH someone left the TV remote
in the wrong spot. OK, I’ll put the remote away and water
the plants… BUT FIRST, I need to find those checks!

END OF DAY: Car not washed…bills still unpaid…cup still in
the sink…trash still here…checkbook still has only
one check left…plants are dying…lost my car keys…and
when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I’m
baffled because…I KNOW I WAS BUSY ALL DAY!

I know this condition is serious. I’ll get help…
BUT FIRST…I have to find my car keys.

Give yourself the gift of movement this week.

Namaste, Margo

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They said: We are afraid.
Come to the edge, life said.
They came.
It pushed them…
And they flew.
Gulliaume Apollinaire

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