Befriending that fear. Mobilizing through the outrage. Allowing the grief. Remembering the joy. Embodying the empathy. Channeling the love.
We will not be silenced in our silos.
Wild ones, let’s sound the call, speak the truths, unite our voices. Let’s honor, explore, and express our heart’s vast energies. Let’s open together and deepen our loving presence through this threshold.
Last night, the birds sang on the top of their lungs after two feet of snow blanketed these Rocky Mountains. These winged ones guide the way. When Spring seems to be lost, they remind us to sing louder and together!!!
Sunday’s Movement Mass will be devoted to liberating the raw and real wisdom stirring in our hearts. We will sound our call.
Together, we will cultivate our ground of being along with liberating our hearts truths. From there, we will find ourselves in our right minds.
Who knew that the entire planet would be invited to this season’s holy of holies. Be it Easter or Passover, Springtime or Autumn, these times of pause call us to remember the potential that is always available.
Potential for breakdown. Potential for breakthrough. Potential for madness. Potential for miracles. Potential for conflict and chaos. Potential for collaboration and peace.
We do not know what will be born of this worldwide initiation. We do know that we are being tested in ways we could not have imagined. Our weakest links are being revealed; individually, interpersonally, collectively. Our greatest potential for collaboration is being mandated. All of our lives depend on this.
Over the holiday weekend, people will go to the temple to pray, to the Mass to pray, to the Earth to pray, to the mosque to pray, to the mountain top to pray, to the desert to pray. And hopefully, none of us will leave home to do this. We will be called to find these sacred sites within; the Beloved thriving in our bones, the resurrection in our ribs, the Divine’s love in our lungs, miracles in our muscles, Grace in our gait, holy communion in the reunification of Spirit and flesh. Our souls will come online. Our call for justice sounded. Our fears will be embraced by the spirit of love that we cultivate together, despite and because of it all.
We will be moving together to pass through this treacherous time with fierce dedication to the truths longing to be liberated.
We will be moving together to release that which we do not need, moving away from the disease of greed into the glory of our shared bounty.
We will be moving together to pass through the pain, opening to the potential of healing.
Uniting our healthy breaths, let’s pray for the vast potential of you, me, and we. This life-giving energy longs to be accessed, harnessed, and released through each one of us with every blessed breath and right out into the world.
The link to Movement Mass will be sent once again via email. ZOOM in with us at 11am MST, Sunday, April 12th, 2020.
I’ll see you in the temple!
Only love. Melissa
“Remember that no one is born a change-maker. It’s something you become when you see a problem, then dare to become part of the solution.”
— Melinda Gates
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This week we have a few small changes to Movement Mass and some life-giving stories to share.
As the daily news grows heavier, the golden stars that we each are shine ever more brightly. Years of disciplined inner work has prepared us for this time. We get to see what we are made of, our tenderness and our tenacity.
Check out what Vusi has created to help educate his community about handwashing in Durban, South Africa!
Pure innovation and beauty. Utilizing the arts for education is so powerful. Thank you Vusi for modeling how to meet this challenge with creative, humble leadership.
This time is rigorous and rugged. We know that all true rites of passage are. Riding the waves from shock to right-action is also an art. Our work together over decades has prepared us for this time of back to back initiatory ordeals. Not only is it key how we navigate through the wild rides of our own nervous systems, our shifting emotions, and our busy minds, but how we work with one another is obviously essential.
This week, we have seen the devotion of humanity in action in profoundly inspired and unprecedented ways.
In my little world, some loving friends invited my daughter into their safe space. Their generosity of spirit will never be forgotten. My mama heart can beat a bit more calmly now. And, my daughter is being held by people who have never met her before.
This is what is required. Helping one another when we can, however we can.
You all have done this too. This week, we were able to send financial support to numerous young leaders around the world as they now hunker down for their time-out-of-time. Because of the resources generated during Movement Mass, we were able to rapidly get funds to folks for basic supplies of dried beans and rice, veggies, water, cleaning supplies, and internet access. Access to the internet is key. People need to be able to reach each other
We all know how important contact is. How many calls and Zoom dates have you had this week?
This past week, we also honored my elder daughter’s 35th birthday during a Zoom call with friends and family from around the world. A moment of celebration with people ages 2 to 95 years. This gathering was such a relief, profoundly life-giving during this time when so much screen time is focused on numbers of deaths. We celebrated life. Some folks had not seen each other since childhood. Some people may never see each other again. We all know that now. Nothing is to be taken for granted.
Please know that we do not take your funds for granted.
Last weekend we raised double the funds from the week before, a humble amount but one that allows us to help our community get grounded for the next few weeks! Thank you, dear community. We will need to keep doing this so that we can reach more of those in need and continue to do so during these turbulent financial times.
We know that everyone is being impacted financially, so please keep showing up to dance deeply with us regardless of your financial offering. We are devoted to keeping the beat together.
Let’s move to unwind the traumas, open the creative channels, and access the collective intelligence needed in these times.
This Sunday, we will meet on Zoom again for our weekly Movement Mass.
We have made a slight change to our sign-up process. We will share the Zoom link via email only. An email will arrive in your inbox via our listserve. Your email will arrive on Sunday morning at 10:30am in time for you to set-up your space, make your donation, get your water, etc. before Movement Mass Online at 11am. If you are already receiving our emails, you are on our list, and your link will be sent automatically. (Check your spam folder if you don’t see it.)
For many reasons, we will only be offering access to the event during Movement Mass. We look forward to having you join us LIVE via Zoom, ideally with your videos on, where we can feel the loving connections that we are so used to exchanging in person. The first three online dances will stay up and available via our YouTube Movement Mass Playlist.)
If you want to invite your friends and family to dance with us each Sunday, please simply send them to our Online Movement Mass page. They can sign up there. They will then be included in our email group that will receive the link to dance on Sundays. Simple. One time sign up, and they are in.
Above all, wherever you are, please stay safe. And, let’s keep moving, moving through the many layers of this epic turning, one conscious, loving step at a time.
“Covid-19 is like a rehab intervention that breaks the addictive hold of normality. To interrupt a habit is to make it visible; it is to turn it from a compulsion to a choice. When the crisis subsides, we might have occasion to ask whether we want to return to normal, or whether there might be something we’ve seen during this break in the routines that we want to bring into the future.”
We belong together. Every one of us is being tested in extreme and unprecedented ways. We have a network that can help us serve and support each other. Now is the time.
As we prepare for our next worldwide community dance, please pause with me. Let’s pause to pray and extend our love right now. So many of our people are on the front lines of this struggle. Fevers. Few supplies. Family members in highly compromised situations. Fear overcoming faith. Lack of access to finances of any kind. Addictions creeping in. No access to water, literally no water. And many folks are still working out in the world on the daily.
Thank you to all noble souls for serving on hotlines and on the front lines.
So many of us are experiencing the truth of how thin the veils are right now. Loving and healing spiritual energies are pouring towards us, seen and unseen. We can open to that truth. We are in this together. We know this terrain. When in the midst of an initiatory rite of passage, we keep breathing in the spiritual support while orienting towards life. As we respect the presence of death, every moment offers us the opportunity to make life-giving choices.
We discipline our minds. Keep our hearts wide open. Continue to unwind the activation in our bodies so that we can keep returning to the safe and sacred ground within. We make conscious choices all day long. That is real. We show up, speak up, and serve generously when we have extra. And, we grow silent when it is time to reset. That is the golden way. We reach across time and space growing healing bridges of peace, inside and out.
We know that the time to share like never before is upon us.
So here is what we are doing right now from the Golden Bridge center to the world.
We are raising and sharing financial resources to support our beloved community members who need the very basics, water, soap, a meal. If you can help us raise money, please do. As I mentioned above, we have students in very high need. You know some of these mighty souls from our summertime Movement Mass dances or from our Creative Liberation performances. We can accept PayPal or credit card donations via our Movement Mass Online webpage. 100% of your tax-deductible dollars will go to the Golden Bridge young leaders in need around the world.
We are offering ongoing online healing and educational gatherings for the SomaSource and Golden Girls Global communities around the world. We will expand these to the wider community in April.
We also hope to share some additional online courses that have been in the queue, readying to emerge. Stay tuned for more on this soon as well.
And of course, we will continue to offer Movement Mass online. Below are the details about how to join us for these weekly times of deep movement, a collective reset.
Movement Mass this coming Sunday, March 29th, we are going to shift our platform so that we can connect more fully. We want to move from the inside out in ways that nourish our hunger for healthy social connection. Therefore, Zoom will be our path forward.
On Sunday at 11 am MST, sign up on our Movement Mass Online webpage to receive a Zoom link to dance with us live. A video of the dance will be posted on YouTube Sunday afternoon.
Dear friends, let’s keep mobilizing and resting, allowing all the ways that we are being moved to wake us up.
Together. In life. And love. ? Melissa
“THERE IS NO PLACE THE SPIRITS CANNOT TRAVEL. THERE IS NOWHERE YOUR LOVE CANNOT BE FELT – JUST FOCUS IT LIKE A LASER BEAM OF WONDROUS SPIRIT LIGHT. IT LIVES INSIDE YOU, ALL THE TIME, READY TO EMERGE!”
For many of us, conscious movement is one of our enduring allies during this time of rigorous initiation. In fact, it feels like a lifeline for some of us, a way to get down into the struggle and give it a place to express and transform, along with being a way to move beyond the story into the courage and Grace that is here to help us along.
We are thus committed to offering our Sunday Morning Movement Mass journeys every week for the long haul. Our Golden Bridge community has been gathering for over thirty years, consciously moving through rugged thresholds of many kinds: floods and fires, births and deaths, youth rites of passage journeys, cancer, generations of people coming home to themselves, despite and because of it all.
Please join us again this Sunday for our online Movement Mass. Last weekend’s event seemed to deeply nourish. Release and relief, settling the nervous systems of many. We were grateful to offer this to the global community as a resource. (If you missed last week’s dance, you can watch it here: Online Movement Mass, March 15th, 2020)
Let’s keep taking care of each other in this ancient and enduring way.
This Sunday, March 22nd, we will gather again via live-stream on YouTube. This dance is open to all and easy to share with beloved ones around the world. We may shift our platform overtime. For now, this is what is happening. Please, join us on the journey!
In the spirit of taking good care of each other, please consider how you can also support this experience. We welcome your contributions, your social networking, even your open-source music. We would love for this work to be available to any and all who want to join in on this movement.
Below, you can find information about how Movement Mass has supported emerging leaders around the world. They need our alliance now more than ever. Thank you for serving the wider community with us.
I’ll see you on Sunday in the dance. In faith and fierce devotion to life. ? Melissa
A note about Movement Mass proceeds:
At this time, we are choosing to offer this event on a donation basis. Please simply make a donation for any amount you are able. Movement Mass has not changed its suggested donation range for over 10 years. Your $12-18 means the world to the world!!!
If you are unable to contribute financially, please share your energy for this work. You are welcome, no matter your circumstances.
And if you are able to contribute more, even in these rocky times, we would be grateful. Golden Bridge is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Every penny goes directly to the young leaders ready to show up and serve in these times.
For decades, the proceeds from Movement Mass have significantly helped us tend to hundreds of emerging leaders around the world, many of whom live in financially under-resourced communities. Their day-to-day lives are extremely challenging. They are leaders for all of us, brilliant and resilient. Together, our work is rippling out through many of these embodied global leaders, everywhere from Pine Ridge to South India, from the Congo to Rocinha in Brazil, from Baltimore to borders in the Middle East. Many of you know these lightworkers. We remain dedicated to working in alliance with these beloved students/colleagues, near and far. The resources from Movement Mass help make that possible.
Above all, come. Let’s be together in the dance!
And if you are inspired, please share this work with your friends and family. Invite them to meet us online at GoldenBridge.org. Share the dance links with others who might benefit from a little positive shaky-shake. Share your photos of yourself dancing around the world on our Facebook page. Or simply, take good care of your precious selves.
“Amidst the storms of change and tragedy that increasingly characterize modern life, places of refuge are needed. One place to look for refuge is deep inside oneself. When we catch the mostly invisible, but often audible thread of calling the soul awakens to its genuine dream of life. If we follow this subtle thread of soul we move closer to the places of deep resonance and harmony that are part of our inner nature and secretly part of great nature as well. Amidst the cacophony of a world gone wrong we can still find the music and rhythm of the body and the song set within the soul.”
–Michael Meade. 4/29/15
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With respect for our individual and community health, we are choosing to pause our in-person Movement Mass events. We will be moving together online every Sunday for the next many weeks.
We are in process of designing a sustainable way of offering a regular Movement Mass dance experience online. In the meantime, we are called to offer everyone a one-time mini-Movement Mass this Sunday with Melissa Michaels. Dancing feels more essential now than ever. This week’s movement experience will be shared via email, free and available to all.
Please join us.
Of course, dancing from our living room is different than being on the dance floor together, but this is what our practice is all about.
We dance through everything!
This Sunday, we look forward to coming home to our resilient selves, our still center, and the Spirit moving us. This dance experience aims to still be potent and of course, different!
Sunday, March 15th. We will send an email to all on this list-serve with a link to a video. Look for the message around 11am. Let’s keep our regular Movement Mass date.
Through rhythm and breath, we will explore body-centered pathways that support our movement through these dynamic times with ever more consciousness, collective care, calm.
And love. ? Melissa
p.s. If you’d like to invite a friend to join our first online Movement Mass, here is the link for them to sign up.
Hafiz says: “Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I’d like to see you in better living conditions.”
One wave from our double CD IGNITE: Music to accompany the journey through the SomaSource rite of passage process and your dances.
Embodying Life’s Rhythms is music to move get your body moving! This is a 13 minute full wave through all 5Rhythms® orchestrated by the Golden Bridge Rhythm Keepers. Sacred instruments woven into a layered tapestry of inspired sound. A daily warm up. A ceremonial doorway. A chance to simply dance!