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Generosity of spirit

Gratitude! Tears melting into mountain snow.
 -Soen Nakagawa


If I could tell you what it meant, there would be no point in dancing it.
 - Isadora Duncan


Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.
 - Dorothy Thompson


Never give a sword to a man who cannot dance.
 - Confucius


I know what the greatest cure is: it is to give up, to relinquish, to surrender, so that our little hearts may beat in unison with the great heart of the world.
 - Henry Miller


The winds of grace blow all the time. All we need to do is set our sails.
 - Ramakrishna


The greatest part of our happiness depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances.
 - Martha Washington


Nirvana is right here, before our eyes.
 -Zen Master Hakuin


What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.
 -Oliver Wendell Holmes


Dancing, singing, storytelling and silence are the four universal healing salves.
 - Gabrielle Roth



To sweat is to pray, to make an offering of your innermost self....

-Gabrielle Roth


With every gust of wind, the butterfly changes its place on the willow.
 - Basho


May you live all the days of your life.
 - Jonathan Swift


Turn your suffering into art and your art into awareness.
 - Gabrielle Roth


If you're going through hell, keep going.
 - Winston Churchill


To say yes, you have to sweat and roll up your sleeves, and plunge both hands into life up to the elbows. It is easy to say no, even if saying no means death.
 - Jean Anouilh


I see you Mara.
Let's sit down and have tea.
 - Buddha


The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don't go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don't go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
Where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don't go back to sleep.
 - Rumi


The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing.
 - James Brown


The body says what words cannot.
 - Martha Graham


The best way out is always through.
 -Robert Frost


Dance when you're broken open.
Dance if you've torn the bandage off.
Dance in the middle of the fighting.
Dance in your blood.
Dance when you're perfectly free.
 - Rumi


As long as you're dancing, you can
break the rules.
Sometimes breaking the rules is just extending the rules.
Sometimes there are no rules.
 - Mary Oliver

____________________________________________________________________________  You are all direct evidence that we humans are caring, social, compassionate, joyful beings...

I am overwhelmed (in a beautiful way) by the outpouring of prayers, dance videos, photos, stories. Together, we are a magnificent tapestry of emotions, experiences, relationships, woven together with love.

There are too many experiences to recount -- the UCSF Mt Zion Hospital staff is simply extraordinary. My family and friends are exceptional. The internet community is immensely kind and loving [with just a few people who haven't yet learned to trust their true souls (and let's take a moment of compassion to hope they find their groove)]...

Profound gratitude to all who are bearing witness to this journey. It is our collective journey really.

To those many women about to undergo mastectomy or other major surgery who have reached out to me, let me know if you want to do a skype dance before your surgery.

Eternal love and gratitude.

peace,
Deborah

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Comments

97 Replies

kristen hartman
By Kristen
You are in inspiration to all in any situation they may be facing in their lives. I'm pursuing a career in health care so I can help to bring spirits like yours to all people.
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Shayla Dvorak
By Shayla Dvorak
deborah, I don't know you but I can tell by all of this that the generosity of your spirit is immense. I'm sending you all of the good juju I can from wisconsin and I'll be dancing along with you in every step you take towards recovery. much love to you!
Jill Reynolds
By Jill Reynolds - Washington State
Your video and quotes are inspirational and simply beautiful. I wish I had danced in the OR before my mastectomy in April of this year -- I know my surgeon would have joined me, as she held me tight through the journey from diagnosis to mastectomy. Love and blessings to you -- I will watch your video every day, and feel the love from afar... :)
Kristin Cummings
By Kristin Cummings
Saw your beautiful video posted on facebook & it was so joyful & inspiring! You've got this and know that there are people all over the world now cheering you on!
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Judith Loots
By Judith Loots - South Africa
You are one amazing woman...........................
Kelly Robinson
By Kelly Robinson '91
Deborah...shouts out of love to you from a track teammate (Kelly Robinson) from Amherst and her husband (LarryDegraaf), both from Class of 1991 Amherst. We are working on our sons dance vid for you. We'll be out in San Fran in December , may we visit?
Sarah Remmert
By Sarah
You are amazing!
Julie Turner
By Julie T
you are awesome. Loved the video and your spirit. prayers your way
Kathleen Lawrence
By Kate Lawrence
Hi, Dr. Deb, hope you received the pix at your gmail account of you, Dr. Jody, Dr. Linda, & Dr. Powell, in the summer of 1999 :]

Hafiz (c.1320-1389) says:

I Saw You Dancing

I saw you dancing last night on the roof
of your house all alone.

I felt your heart longing for the Divine

I saw you whirling
Beneath the soft bright rose
That hung from an invisible stem in
The sky,

So I began to change into my best clothes
In hopes of joining you

Even though
I live a thousand miles away.

And if
You had spun like an immaculate sphere
just two more times,

Then bowed again so sweetly to
The west,

You would have found God and me
Standing so near
And lifting you into our
Arms.

I saw you dancing last night near the roof
Of this world.

Hafiz feels your soul in mine
Calling for our
Beloved
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Melissa Paull
By melissa
hi deborah, where can i post a video of my friends and me dancing to support you? we live in barcelona and send you love! thanks!