This Wand Was Made for Dancing

So… last Friday, I started my dancing because I can no longer run bit.

I searched for a way to replicate my running routine. I used to run for 21 minutes at a comfortable, do my Daily Thirteen, and then run 1.5 miles as fast as I could run it (without making my hip feel the need to send me death threats camouflaged as sharp pain).

The replication trial went like this: I danced for 28 minutes to a playlist that included tunes like “Satisfaction,” “La tortura” and “SexyBack;” then I did my Daily Thirteen, and ended the workout with 21 minutes of “El baile del esqueleto,” “Map of Tasmania,” “Hips Don’t Lie” and other songs of the sort.

I was left exhausted and a little bored. I’m used to listening to my audiobooks while I run. I love music, but songs don’t hold my attention the way stories do. I need to figure out a way (or thirteen) to make things more interesting to my mind and body.

Also, I ran (pun totally intended) into a problem while I was dancing. You see, my Wicked Luvs, my right shoulder hates me nearly as much as my left hip despises me. They loathe each other, too, and refuse to work together. I’ve spent many years teaching my body how to run without swinging my right shoulder too wildly. The knowledge didn’t transfer to dancing. As soon as my body hears a yummy song, it goes all Dominican on me, and it starts shaking all the bits Mama Nature gave it. And it hurts.

During one of the dancing sessions, I experimented with different ways to make my shoulder behave: pressing my arms against my sides (didn’t work because I, um… would forget to hold them there), keeping my right forearm against my chest (see previous failure), hold a broomstick horizontally in front of me (angry pain shot through my shoulder and cursed me out)

I was tired, upset and calling my shoulder names no other shoulder has ever been called before… so I gave myself a break and lay down on the floor… to curse the shoulder from a more comfortable position. That’s when I saw it—the wand Mina and her hubby made for me some time ago was staring at me from the lower shelf of my altar. I grabbed the bit of polished cedar wood, got to my feet, pressed the tip of the wand against my left palm and the end against my right palm. I held it in front of me while keeping my arms somewhat tight against my ribs.

And I danced…

…and I’ve been dancing…

…and dancing doesn’t hurt.

I know it will take a bit to get used to the interesting position. Dancing with my hands in front of me, while keeping my elbows locked at a 90-degree angle, can be a tad awkward. But I know the position will become an old friend, eventually. Things that can’t be changed usually do. Besides, this wand was blessed by the sweet hands of a Green Witch Warrior who has always grabbed life by the horns and ridden it hard… even when it hurts to do so. Mina of my heart, I’m dancing, pushing forward, and raising energy for you. 

This wand was made for a lot of things, and dancing is certainly one of them.

I bet you thought I forgot to announce the winner of my Hues of Oz giveaway.

You should know better, my Wicked Luvs. I have the memory of a paranoid elephant… one that was distracted enough to miss the fact that she said she would use Random.Org to select a winner. Yep, I had already written all the names down when I remembered that little detail *sigh*. Oh well, I folded the names, threw them in a mortar and let the pestle stir things around…

…then I selected a name:
Congrats, Lynda H!
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43 comments:

  1. Congratulations Lynda! Your on a winning streak! My morning smile.." It goes all Dominican on me!"
    Tune it down Miss Hottie! Your wand has it's work cut out! I have a wand...wonder if it could get me out a here?
    Okay! Yoga with your audio's stuck I. Your ears? How's that? xoDebi

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    1. And your morning smile put a night smile on me.

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  2. Congrats Lynda!!! and Way To Go Magaly, for not giving up and finding a way to dance, because no matter what life throws at us we should always dance.

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    1. Dancing does make things a bit better. Okay, a lot better. And the day I can no longer dance, I will wiggle my toes. ;-)

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  3. Congratulations Ms Lynda.....exciting win.
    And as to your "new dance routine" Ms. Magaly, I have faith that with the help of lovely Mina's husband's creation and your stick to it to attitude that your dancing will soon have you and a similar high as your running did. Super thinking on your part.
    xoxo Oma Linda...
    Once again thank you so very much for always making Celebrate Oz so much fun for me and all the others who come to see how we play. Love you sweet lady.

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    1. "stick to it attitude" That made me giggle!

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  4. I'm so glad you've found a form of exercise that works for you.
    I think it's perfect that it involves a wand too :)

    It's always lovely to see your happy face.

    What a gorgeous looking book. Congratulations to Lynda :)

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    1. It's a bit early still, so there some kinks that need smoothing out. But I think we'll get there, my hip and I.

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  5. Congrats Lynda!! And I need visual of that *going all Dominican*. So I believe a video *selfie* is in order. I bet we could make a fortune on exercise videos from that, LOL!!

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    1. The world might not be ready for me shaking what Nature Mama gave me on video, lol!

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  6. well done for figuring that exercise routine out, might give it a go myself as exercise and me don't mix and back and hips don't like it lol...but oh do I love to dance.

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    1. I love dancing, too. The change only made me a bit sad because I had to give up something else I love--running. But let's see if I can fall in love with this aspect of it.

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  7. If the wand works, work it :)

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  8. I love your tenacity in finding a work around so you could keep dancing. An answer always comes in one way or another if we refuse to give up. Right on.

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    1. It might take a while, but eventually... we we'll find something, right?

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  9. Your capacity for transformative work, taking something that doesn't work and turning it into something that does, continues to inspire me, dearest Wicked Witchy Writer. You are Aries awesome. :D I think it's been in reading your blog and conversing with you that I've really learned what it is to be one of us, and it's helped me look at my life and surroundings a different way (when I remember to!).

    Transformation (for the better!) and balance always be yours...
    -your Artful White Fox

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    1. Well, my dear Fox, you just put a galaxy-sized smile on my face. ;-D

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  10. OMG!! She is going to freak lol....she won my draw too hahahaha....
    and nice moves with the wand sweetie :D XXX

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    1. That's the first thing I thought when I saw her name, She's on a freaking winning streak!

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  11. Having a body that hates me I can well understand what you are going through! I love how you have solved the problem, wish I could do so with mine!

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    1. I hope you find your way, too.

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  12. Congrats to Lynda at being 'hand' drawn as the winner of your fab prize:) also so pleased Mina's wand is working its magic in ways never conceived, love that beautiful being, doesn't surprise me at all she has sprinkled goodness via serendipity and you have recognised it and grabbed with both hands :) Hey, do you have lap pools in your area? Swimming (thinking ocean too cool there) laps sometimes supports by buoyancy the injured joints while still major cardio and core strength workouts are taking place, just thought because although boring they have waterproof earplugs so you can still listen to audio books... Get some flippers and you can be mermaid Magaly LOL, me I'll be the one on the inflatable reading a book and sipping on the ice tea as you swim by ;)

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    1. Swimming puts my body out of line. It's my shoulder that can't stand much of that one. Very simple movements leave me in agony, and I get all excited in the water and move it around, lol!

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  13. Congrats to Lynda! Lucky girl ;o) Magaly, I think it's so special of you holding Mina's wand, while you dance! She is a wonderful person and so are you! Big Hugs ;o) (love the picture of you!)

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    1. I think so, too. I hope Mina can feel how happy her wand has made me and so many times.

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  14. The creator of "Wizard of Oz" .... truly Hated the Native Americans ... he spend a lot of his "Profits" from his books to back the slaughter of these noble people.... He wanted to establish a "Theme Park" of OZ... and use the profits to Exterminate these people .... just a little known "Fact"....

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    1. When it comes to stories and art in general, especially things created some time ago, I try my best to separate the work from the creator. Once I feel I understand the work, I research the creator just to see how his/her life might have affected the creation. I find this to be a safe way to study human nature.

      For instance, I've spent some time reading the works of certain author who really dislikes homosexuals. His work is really good, and if read superficially, one can easily miss his prejudices. I've studied the Bible in the same way--not because I support some of the things contained in the work, but because it opens an enormous window into the way some people think.

      I'm sure that many observant people who have read The Wizard of Oz have noticed that its creator had some serious issues--Dorothy gets to a new place, takes things that aren't hers, kills a few people (by accident *cough*) and is revered for it... obviously something strange is going on, and it deserves exploration. I guess I'm just trying to say that I knew about Baum's background, and chose to explore the work because it has something to teach.

      And because I'm an explorer of people and motifs, I must ask why you felt the need to share that bit of trivia in this particular post? I mean, the post is about me trying to overcome a difficult thing in my life, the bit about Oz is tiny, but that's what you saw. Is there a reason?

      By the way, if you are interested in what I think about Oz--the work, not its creator--visit my My Fiction and Poetry Site and read "Blood Is the New Gold" and "Red Gold over the Rainbow."

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    2. Normally I'm a gal who loves bits of trivia sprinkled here and there. And generally speaking, that includes learning the not-so-nice bits of trivia as well because it's good to understand that life is made of light and shadow. But Dr. Theda, as I might say to my kids, there's a time and a place for things.

      Maybe you aren't a regular reader of the blog, but Magaly switching over exercise routines is Kinda A Big Deal. We're not talking bored suburbanite who is uninspired by her Tae-Pilates-Zumba class (LOL, that would be me!). She's a veteran who took a really awful hit for her and my country, which makes a bunch of things harder for her. This post specifically was to celebrate the fact that she's found a way to deal with a new limitation her body has set on her, so she can continue to be active and preserve the mobility she has.

      You may not have meant it this way, but your inclusion of that bit of trivia in this particular post was insensitive. (Why didn't you add it to the original blog post about the contest? Or the story ones?) I'm not saying you shouldn't educate others about the jerks, bastards and assorted idiots that make up our past. I'm just saying that perhaps on a post celebrating an injured in battle veteran's small but very meaningful victories - not cool.

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  15. Regarding boredom solutions: you might try mixing your audiobooks with orchestral music?

    My mind is very sophisticated, and my work is very simple, so it becomes intolerably boring. I found that I can assuage the boredom by watching muted cartoons while listening to unrelated music while I work. Piecing together the story without sound with contrasting musical accompaniment keeps my brain occupied.

    Perhaps something similar could help you?

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    1. Ah, the art of fusion! I shall see if I can find something like it that would work for me. ;-D

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  16. That's so cool that the wand helped you dance! I hope you can find a way to keep the pain at bay and also stimulate your mind during your dance session.

    Congrats to Linda!!!

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    1. Fingers crossed on the banishing of pain and the welcoming of stimulation! *cough*

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  17. Whoo Hoo, Lynda!

    Thoughts of Magaly dancing bring rainbows of smiles and giggles to me. In my heart I am dancing with you!

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    1. Dancing on rainbows, huh? Not THAT is magic. I wonder if I can bottle it and sell it with the videos Vickie suggested, lol!

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  18. Congrats to Lynda!!! A lucky one!
    More than anything I liked your photo Magaly! It lifted up my mood (even if it was not so bad) :) Hope you found your healing method, I am sure dancing will do you good! Yesterday I was trying to help my D to prepare for an annual event in his office, of course, by showing some nice dance movements...and shaking my belly with a baby! It was fun!
    Sending weekend mood and happiness!

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    1. Those baby-filled moves count for two. Yep, double the fun and the love!

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  19. I have no interest or need for work-out but I can still feel your frustration from the pixels on my screen. I can't imagine what it would be like to have my body working against me, to limit me (but I'm sure I'll find out in a decade or so). I hope you find a new balance soon.

    I didn't get to read your story on the flight :( I borrowed my mom's tablet the day before departure, thinking it would be easy to download stuff to it - but alas. Pdf files are apparently notoriously difficult to download to the iPad, and despite being an avid reader she really has no aps installed... I just managed to put a few movies on there, but that was it.

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    1. Things are getting better. I'm fighting my stubbornness and beginning to enjoy the new routine.

      You'll get to read the story one of these days. Who knows, probably right before the next part is released. *wink, wink*

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  20. Congratulations to Lynda H, and well done, Mina's wand! It does look a lovely piece and it's clearly something that desires to be pick up and held. Wielded, even. Oh, and I spy a tap dancer on your typewriter...

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    1. Mina's wand is a very active bit of wood. It's always there willing to offer a hand, and it has so many times.

      And yes, Miss AlmaMia Cienfuegos seems to be omnipresent... omni-smiling, too.

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  21. Oh sweetie, I am so sorry to hear that your pain is hindering your physical activities. I know how debilitating and frustrating that can be. But you, my feisty Aries, found a way to overcome. You can't imagine how humbling it is to know that the wand made for you in the name of love, healing, and all that is blessed with beauty, was the object that you chose (in such a marvelously creative way) to dance your heart out DESPITE it. You are always an inspiration, and my admiration grows fonder every magical time I think of you. Deepest and warmest hugs, Mina

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    1. Life is a great dance when friends can inspire each other. I can always smile when I think of the strength of my Mina. ;-)

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