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Some days you gotta dance

Some days you gotta dance
Live it up when you get the chance
‘Cause when the world doesn’t make no sense
And you’re feeling just a little too tense
Gotta loosen up those chains and dance

~ Dixie Chicks


We can’t let our emotions control us.

We need to breathe through them, feel them, and let them go.

We have to dance them out. (Or sing them out, or shake them out, or well, do anything you really can to breathe in those feelings and get them out of your body.)

In a Mindful Smack with Elena Brower from May of 2011, Elena talks about saying “hello” to our passing emotions and let them pass through us as part of us.

Check out Elena’s thoughts here: “Mindful Smack, Greetings, Emotions” And you may want to sign up for some Daily Love. Who doesn’t want a positive “free daily e-multivitamin for your soul?”

Today, I am taking that a step further and saying, “hello” to my emotions, “hello” to my feelings stored in my body–and then I am finding a healthy way to let those feelings OUT. Once they are there, I’m going to breathe into them, say “howdy there frustration” or “howdy there joy” and then let the emotion out, however, it needs to come out. (Note: do this when possible. I do not recommend this tactic, say, in front of your boss. But in your car? At home? Oh yeah. Give it a shot.)

Letting my feelings come and letting my feelings pass out of the body–however they need to get out.

In this instance, via dancing like a crazy person around my teensy weensy apartment.

Tomorrow, I think I may sing before I go to bed. Who knows? I’ll see where the feelings take me at that moment.  It could even mean I will lie on the floor in savasana and just let me feelings out on a long “aahhhhhhh” until I can’t sigh them out any longer.

And, you never know! Maybe I will dance again. Dancing is pretty spectacular.

And while I’m dancing, I’m baking more cookies.

MMMM. Cookies.

Those help, too. Hopefully, all my dancing and swaying will cancel out the calories! 😉

Grandma’s Texas Icebox Cookies

1 1/2 cup light brown sugar, organic
1 cup unsalted butter, softened (two sticks)
2 eggs
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. baking powder
4 cups all purpose flour, preferably organic
3 tsp. vanilla (make sure it is PURE vanilla extract and does not have any corn syrup hidden in it!)
1 cup chopped Southern pecans

1. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
2. Cream sugar, butter, and eggs in a large bowl. Beat well.
3. Add vanilla and chopped pecans to mixture. Work in flour and dry ingredients gradually and thoroughly combine.
4. Shape into four rolls (they look like logs) and wrap in wax paper. Refrigerate overnight.

Shape your dough into rolls and then wrap firmly in wax paper to refrigerate.

5. The next day, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice logs as thin as possible with a very sharp knife.  Bake on ungreased cookie sheets for 8 to 10 minutes. Watch carefully, to make sure your cookies don’t burn if you get them super thin!


  • erin

    December 12, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Yes! You have to find a way to “release” in a positive way. Yesterday was a tough one for me – my kids were so crazy. Can’t wait to hit the gym for a healthy release today!

    • Lora

      December 12, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      The gym is always a great way to let things out! 🙂

  • Mindys fitness journey

    December 12, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Love it! And it’s so true if you don’t laugh, scream or cry, you aren’t living! Get the feelings out!!! Dancing is a great way!

    • Lora

      December 12, 2012 at 7:46 pm

      I agree completely! So many of us forget that releasing is part of living!