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I am feeling deeply stirred. Stirred by the spiritual battle cry Adrew Harvey delivered to us last week at the annual Jung Society love lecture in February. He essentially demanded that we wake up and embody our spiritual practices and passions and take them into joyful, real action in the world.
He encouraged us to dance ourselves awake! As a dancer and facilitator of the dance, I took this embodiment battle cry to the dance floor and my weekly dancing community played with ‘May you have a heart that is utterly drunk and totally sober’ ~ ala Andrew Harvey. These are my reflections after that dance and subsequent meditation:
Dance as if your life depends on it!
Who cares if it is this model or that model of dance? This way or that way, Dance!
Move your body. Let it fill your toes. Get into your groove…Your Body…Your present moment.
Fill your belly with the beat…Find the power in the pulse of blood and breath.
Let this bring you to life…To Your Life. Right here. Right now.
Let loose all the wounding cords, the binding cords that tether you down to the lie of a life too small. Wake up, Wake up. WAKE UP.
To THIS life you have. To this body as conduit for all you are here to bring…To share…To inhabit. Inhabit THIS perfect, precious, present, real body.
Who cares if it’s carrying extra weight or pains? Who cares if its bumpy or bulgy, uncoordinated, awkward or self-conscious? Who cares if its not ‘perfect’, not what it used to be, saggy or slow or tired?
Wake up and dance.
Dance yourself alive. Dance YOUR dance. Unique and quirky…Strange and beautiful…Powerful and wild…Tender and vulnerable…
Dance YOUR Self…You…The whole of you…The holy you, Dance.
Lay down your sadness, your stresses, give up your grief and isolation, forgive the betrayals and Dance.
Lighten… into the emptying of all you carry. Dance into that space. The breath…The practice of being in this body-dance.
Find the connections between this breath and that breath…My breath and yours…Move into the space between.
Be the Dance…Dance be…The dance…Be dance be…This Dance with all that is sacred. This body self sacred.
Dance on purpose. Dance your dance and let life dance you. Wake up and surrender to the call and pulse of life sacred. This life sacred. Your life sacred…And all that is around you…let it dance in you and be moved.
Moved into your sacred service…let it dance you ~ To your helping hands, To your kundalini fired spine, To your broken-open heart.
Let your sacred service dance alive in you…where the rubber meets the road in you.
Let it dance.
In you, in me, in them and they and us and we…let it dance. Together…we dance.
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Shannon offers RemedyWave dance/moving experiences every Tuesday 7 pm (403 North 300 West, SLC, UT). www.RemedyWave.org for schedule of offerings.
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.