The process of learning to find that dance involves listening to the body and watching how it interacts with the environment. Listening and then responding to the music and our surroundings. In time there is no thought, there is only emptiness as the body moves seamlessly in union with the music and the energy of the room filled with other dancers. In doing this practice one learns how to bring the dance off the floor. All life is a dance, we see. …
‘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. …
Dance real slow or meditate to this lovely piece. It’s another piece of music I discovered while dancing at one of the 5 Rhythm dances I attend. Ecstatic dance and music have been one of the many ways I’ve been healing. … [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]
I watched these lovely women dance with joy as I recognized my own journey in their dance. Music/moving both are profoundly healing. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
I have to say that dancing madly to whatever music calls me has been a far more effective trauma release practice than these more clinically oriented trauma release exercises. That said, we all respond to different methods of care. That is why I always talk about listening to our own internal guidance. We know. Our body knows. Better than anyone else. In the end the only compliance that matters is that which we give to our own deepest knowing. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Within a few minutes of the Sutras by DJ Rekluse starting, I could not contain myself and I was dancing in the street. Literally.
Dancing is yet another way to heal the mind/body. This is a beautiful video which shows people delighting in dancing whether they are professionals or just having fun. I have found dancing in my living room all by myself to be exactly what I’ve needed before. Dancing, like yoga and other forms of exercise too, helps one get closer to their body. Knowing your body is important for your entire well-being.
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. …
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I’m involved in my local Rent Tent group. I am finding deep healing among several largely non-professional groups in my community. My yoga community is one source, my ecstatic dance community is another, and women’s groups including the local Red Tent group is also bringing great light, joy and healing into my life.
There are ways to find healing communities that we ourselves create. Every human being can potentially create their own version and it may or may not look anything like mine or anyone else’s. I share some of the elements of mine, not so that it can be copied, but so that folks can start imagining how much more is out there besides the medical establishment that is failing so many.
Please, if what helps me doesn’t strike you as interesting or helpful, trust that your path may look completely different and still be just right. … [click on title to read and view more]