Mind Dancing – A Short Story

I’m on the subway home.  It’s the rush hour commute.  I close my eyes and the lights come up.  The music tonight is Stevie Wonder’s Superstition and all the seated passengers begin to sway in unison.  My feet slide gracefully down the middle of the subway car and my fingers form jazz hands as my shoulders and arms shimmy up to the sky.  Everyone is up out of their seats spinning in cannon and I burst into song!  My eyes gently open and twinkle as I notice a permanent smile pressed onto my face.

Until tomorrow,

Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger

I’m Friggen’ Rich!


Hey Zenful Dancers, happy Sunday to you!

The other day it occurred to me how much my own net-worth was as a fellow New Yorker passer-by decided to flash me his $1,000,000 bill on the street.  Of course I was opportunistic enough to grab proof as I don’t typically run with crowds who carry around this kind of cash much less waive it around in broad daylight as if begging to be mugged by anyone within a one mile radius of 14th Street.

And after Googling that there was in fact no one million dollar bill (Google saves the day once again- go ahead, make fun), I realized how profound carrying a reminder of this great proportion can be.  A reminder that I walk around with my very own million bucks all the time and I so often forget that it’s there, burning a hole in my pocket; my own self-worth.

I am sometimes quick to bend or apologize or shy away from standing up for what’s right in order to avoid conflict or difficult conversations or actions not because it is uncomfortable for me to lean in- of course it IS uncomfortable- but because I forget that I have value.  Conceit and self-centeredness jokes aside, I am rich with loving friends and family, rich with overall good health (barring any recent stress-induced sleep issues), rich with the understanding of love and my ability to be compassionate and to make decisions from a place of love instead of fear- when I remember, that is.  Lately my life has seen more challenges and it seems I need more reminders. So in an effort to pull out my million dollar bill and waive it around as a “reminder to self”, I would like to share my riches with you:

I’m so grateful for a loving and supportive family who lets me do my best to love and support them back

I have incredible friends who check in even when they are too busy to check in

I have true love which is far more magnificent yet often quiet-and-unassuming while being simultaneously more terrifying (read: vulnerable) than I ever imagined it would be and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world, not even for a real million dollar bill

I have the ability to dance like nobody’s watching and it provides me with endless inspiration

I have access to music that feeds my soul, no matter the day/mood/location/experience

I am grateful for a steady job that challenges me and provides the flexibility to manage my own time

Meditation.  It keeps me grounded when I start to float away

I am very grateful for a healthy body and mind (hey we all have our “moments” but you know what I mean)

Compassion.  I know what it is and I’m not afraid to use it

My sense of humor (bad timing and all) has gotten me through some of my darkest days and I continue to think I am by far more hilarious than anyone else thinks I am 🙂

Care to share some of your riches with me?  Go ahead, SHOW ME THE MONEY!  It might be just the reminder you need.

-Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger

Exciting and Zenful News!

Hey Zenful Dancers!

I have been invited to contribute a chapter on Zenful Dance Moving Meditation as part of a Dance Meditation Anthology publication.  I submitted the abstract for the chapter and I’m waiting for feedback and hopefully an acceptance letter.  This would be an amazing vehicle to help get the word out about Zenful Dance!

Fingers crossed!

-Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger (and  hopefully soon to be published writer!)



Hey Zenful Dancers!

I have the first Intro to Zenful Dance Moving Meditation Workshop of 2014 scheduled for this coming Saturday, 2/15 at 11:30am at the Still Mind Zendo in Manhattan, and I hope to see you all there!  There is no charge and no meditation experience required!  Just bring your bright shiny faces!  Early registration through Meetup.com is recommended since space is limited to 35.  WooHoo!


Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger

This Saturday! Introduction to Zenful Dance Moving Meditation Workshop

Saturday, Feb 15, 2014, 11:30 AM

Still Mind Zendo
37 W 17th ST New York, NY

6 Zenful Dancers Went

Hey Zenful Dancers! Please join us for the first Intro to Zenful Dance Workshop of 2014, this coming Saturday, 2/15. You are welcome to bring guests with you. This space is limited to 35 so preregistration is recommended. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early as class will begin promptly at 11:30am. Dress in loose, comfortable clothing preferably in ne…

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Did You Remember To…

Listen?  Really listen?

Smile from the inside out?

Breathe when things get tough?

Cough twice?  *cough, cough!*

Be kind to all living things (including you)?

Hold the door for the next person?

Tell your (insert person you love here) that you love them?

Live your life instead of waiting for it to happen to you?

Live your life instead of waiting for someone to rescue you?





Keep your heart open?


Let’s make a deal!  Tomorrow, let’s remember to do at least ONE of these things on the list.  Psst… Pass it on!


Keep on keepin’ on,

-Leah Joy, the Zenful Blogger