Pina Bausch, dancer and choreographer extraordinaire strikes a powerful chord. Dance is not just about technical perfection which means only a minority should pursue it. It's also about giving the soul a voice through movement. And this practice is inclusive and as old as the hills.
I’m in the throes of learning West Coast Swing. There’s a woman in my class who’s in her late 70s. You’d never believe it to see her move, let alone the way she dresses. She always has a big smile on her face when she dances, while her husband is at home watching the rugby. I’ll wager a bet on which one of them lives the longest.
While I’ll always try my hand at any dance form, the method I believe offers the greatest potential for restoring your equilibrium on all levels has no prescribed form. It’s organic. It’s natural. And has nothing to do with following the prescribed moves of the teacher.
The fastest route to stillness. I currently call my practice Moving with Mindfulness. I used to call it Dancing for Joy. But since we're all very familiar with the concept of mindfulness, it requires only a small stretch of the imagination to see how mindfulness applied to the whole moving body can have a marvelous effect. It's also described as Somatic movement.
It’s the fastest route to stillness, returning you to the inner river-of-life and at a pace and a rhythm that is nurturing for you. And believe me, anyone can discover this for themselves. You don't have to be a dancer to arrive there.
With the impulse to move arising from within, who's to judge whether it’s right or wrong, good or bad; it is as it is. You have total freedom to be spontaneous.
With the subtleties of movement taking priority over getting steps right, this practice creates a bridge to deeper intelligence which is impossible to language through words alone. Carl Jung called this engagement with the unconscious 'the active imagination'. To explore this way is both liberating and delicious - like arriving home to your playful self after a long time away.
Moving with Mindfulness is an embodied practice that awakens your creative spirit and refreshes your relationship with your living, breathing body. As you grow to recognise what it is you feel (through the sensations, intuitions, emotions and instincts that arise naturally), so too your trust in your yourself to know what's right for you grows.
When you over-ride these feelings because you don't understand their value or can't find a file to put them in can leave you disenchanted with life - and then wondering why.
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