When I dance, I dance into thoughts & those spaces between thoughts. I dance between the layers of endless doing and drop into deep presence in my body when I move with mindfulness. Our whole body houses our soul. Every cell. In our overly cerebral culture, we have been habituated & conditioned to separate the mind from the body. We get “cut off at the neck” with our main focus centralised in the head. The head drags the body around until the body says no. When we open up to the dance we open that channel between the body and the head. When thoughts are rooted in the wisdom of the heart & body the alignment that can take place is potent and life changing.
When we pour our experience, emotions, feelings and thoughts into body shapes we give our whole being the opportunity to explore the inherent therapeutic nature of free expression. Many people are afraid to dance and need to drink alcohol to loosen up that fear of being seen. Centuries of oppression overlaid on the human soul & body has taken its toll on free movement.
Dance is important because it activates that wild genius in us, that soul spark that illuminates the parts of ourselves that have been caged in rigid thinking, belief systems or unprocessed emotions. When we bring presence, breath & movement to the cage of stagnancy, it unlocks it. And then what? What happens when we unravel these layers of conditioning and let the wild genius out of it’s conditioned cage? We feel, grow, laugh, cry, release and activate that fire in the heart that is longing to be stoked by the beat.
Tools to reach for when you are overwhelmed or freaking out. If you find yourself struggling with looping thoughts or challenging emotions, here are some tools (other than dance) that can help soothe your nervous system.
Breathing consciously brings us into the now and supports the digestion of life experiences & emotions. Breathe in fresh new energy and breath out what needs to go.
Ground Gather your threads of focus into the now. Bring your awareness to gravity. Feel the weight of your feet on the ground and tune into your roots. Imagine, sense or visualize roots coming from the bottom of your feet grounding you down into the Earth and stabilizing you. Let yourself be held up by the ground. Explore feeling the support of your foundation.Body Scan Give your mind the job of scanning your body from your head to your feet, feeling and noticing what is happening. Use your senses one at time (look, listen, feel, smell, taste) to arrive in your present place and time. Feel the sensations in your body and breathe into them.
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"To be an "embodied Goddess" simply means that you see yourself as a divine being having a human experience and that you embody this knowing to create a life that is beautiful, magical, powerful, creative, and of course, fun!" -Bellyfit International® CEO Alice Bracegirdle
Alice, Rowan, and the Bellyfit team have created an outstanding Embodied Goddess Program to inspire, empower, strengthen and nourish women all over the world. I am delighted and honoured to be an embodiment expert for the solar plexus portion of this program. I've submitted a rockin' solar plexus playlist to add to the immense value already contained in this course. Check it out if you feel the call of the rising feminine inviting you to grow, move, play and dance! Click HERE for more info.
In the enormous wonder, love, beauty, insanity, despair, and suffering present on this planet, I celebrate those moments where any one of us can truly embody our feelings, especially joy. The world needs your laughter, tears and deep contentment that comes on the other side of processing what's uncomfortable. It's medicine for the world.
I honour all the emotions and anyone who is gifted the opportunity to truly feel grateful and happy during life on this wild planet. When we feel & allow ourselves to process pain, grief and anger there is more happiness on the other side and inevitably more to give to others. Those emotions aren't negative, they are part of a healthy emotional landscape that deserve attention and presence.
There is a story about a woman who was asked why she was happy so much. She said it was because she cried alot. It really is a pendulum that was meant to swing both ways. A pendulum that can be watched by the silent inner witness and danced by our breath, bodies, creations, conversations and sweet surrender into the movement of the internal shifting landscape.
During moments of happiness that emerge within the diversity of the emotional weather of each day, I offer my joy to the world. I feel it fully, just like my grief and anger. If I can't who will? It is truly an important gift to anchor happiness into our human consciousness. We are in for a wild ride here and true joy is an antedote for all the madness; in addition to processing the pieces of madness that arise within us.
It's amazing we exist at all. What a miracle.
"I am using words just to create silent gaps. The words are secondary; the silences between those words are primary." -Osho
I love space between words. The silent spaces and sounds of nature allow so much magic to happen. This is why my massage & bodywork sessions are quiet focused with the option of soothing music that takes one into themselves. Sometimes words can take one away from an experience of being present, and other times the sharing of words can be the most healing. I'm not talking about the "shut down", hard, silence. I'm talking about a tranquil, soft silence that allows the consciousness to slip through the mindset of word creation into the spacious landscape of the formless.