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It is late Winter…early Spring…we are in this dance of between-ness, across the boarders of season. Each season having it’s own energy signature within us, just like in life as we transition from one thing to the next, one meeting to the next, one home to next, one lifestyle choice to the next, we meet different energy signatures. This is also true as we dance through each of the rhythms in our wave as they invite different qualities of movement in the body. Tonight we play with the in-between place in transition, where the strong definitions becomes softer, the clarity of where we are is a bit muddled, the boarders or territory from where we are to where we are going, blurry.
I wonder what this will bring up in peoples dance, in their movements and bodies, what feelings or experiences they may find on the floor individually and in the dancing body of our group.
We begin in a sweet fluid stillness. Juicy and quiet we find our way into this wave, the individual body and the community of other dancing bodies. The room begins to feel the pull into the full flow of the river and the growing pulse in the waves of rhythm that come. ‘Curious’ the movers are reminded…curious…’How do I meet this and then the next?’ What is in this space between and how does it arise in movement?
We play with the transitions and overlaps in music, bringing awareness to the space between this movement quality and that, between this beat in the body and the next…dancing through a whole wave of rhythm we end in a rich quietness. Still. Then…a soft, slow awakening…movers unfurling as if with the morning dew into the next wave of music and movement…we are pulled into the flowing river of the dance and a second, deeper healing journey.
The invitation is to expand awareness into the space between this moving body and the others on the floor. Experimenting with the connections coming and going in the dance. Feeling the emotions, noticing the thoughts, opening to inspiration in this conscious dance with the transition, the space between-ness. I see new, free and unexpected movements as dancers swirl and pulse together then away, I she ecstatic dancing smiles, arms high, limbs akimbo. I hear gleeful giggles and playful exchanges…hair across faces, blissful soft hands on arms like flowing kelp…until we find our way back into the spacious and full moments of delicious resting. Resting into the breath, into the images, into the knowings that arise from bodies in motion and then rest, bodies willing to be curious, to invite something new into movement and into awareness embodied. Slowly we breathe together as the room fills with quiet.
Another transition moves us into circle with discovery and insights shared:
I love this work, the body in motion with mindful awareness, with permission and support to explore and be with what arises and enough structure to invite a focus for exploration. The gift of time for reflection and witnessing, to be seen. As for me, I am realizing the paradox of transition from here to what is next, that in-between space, the journey zone, the curious crossing of boarders…although a continuum in concept, in practice, in the body, it is really a moment of NOW, and then another moment of NOW…and so on…we go, into the dance of life.
RemedyWave is a weekly movement exploration with new dancers joining every week and a strong community of experienced movers. Join Shannon Simonelli every Tuesday 7-9 pm 403 North 300 West, Salt Lake City, UT. www.RemedyWave.org for class and workshop schedule.
Shannon Simonelli Ph.D., ATR is the co-founder of the NeuroImaginal Institute, the founder of RemedyWave classes and workshops and a lead facilitator with Healer Within Retreats. . She integrates therapeutic yoga, dance, movement, art, guided journeywork, the imagination, embodied awareness, belief shifting strategies, ritual, eco and spiritual psychology in her work. She has been writing since adolescents.