Ecstatic dance is awesome in the literal sense of the word and I consider it a body oriented mindfulness practice as well. I’ve also referred to it as self-directed body-work in conversations with friends. Sometimes my “dance” is about moving and stretching my body in some really odd ways to get at something that is tightly held in the body and needs release. Dancing can sometimes be me not moving at all (on the surface) while the music courses through my body and my cells and neurons DANCE. …
‘And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.’ — Friedrich Nietzsche
Yesterday I went for a walk in the wooded mountains near where I live. I had my iPod with me and I decided to listen to one of the Waves (a mix of dance music audio files) that one of my fellow 5 Rythyms dancers mixed and shared with me. Once I started listening to the music I couldn’t help but turn my walk in the woods into a dance in the woods. …
(a post from May of last year that I remembered today when listening to the same music) “I woke up at 3 am this morning. The spring is a time of big energy for me. Once upon a time in my life this energy was pathologized and called manic, bipolar. I was taught to fear it and drug it and by no means express it. I have been unlearning all that for some years now.” … [click on title for the rest of the post]
I’ve gone to several 5 Rhythms Waves now. They are the most joyous and wonderful moments of my life right now as I continue to rehabilitate. When one surrenders to the energy of these waves one is swept away in the energy of the room, dancing from this trance state is a miracle every time as your body leads the way doing things you didn’t even know it could do. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
I managed to get out and dance at a 5 Rhythms event. That’s ecstatic dance inspired by Gabriel Roth. That perhaps has been my biggest victory. I danced for a full hour and stayed at the event for 2 hours. Another VICTORY. First time out in the evening. First time sustaining high intensity exercise for a whole hour too.
We looked very much like the folks in the above video. Without the white clothes. … [click on title for the rest of the post]