There, there my love…
It’s going to be alright.
Just rest your weary head on the back of the beach chair and let go.
Feel the water gently washing off your angst cleansing your body and spirit
Bask in the now. It’s all you can count on for sure.
As the gentle waves caress your feet
The pull of the ocean sucking the boogie board to and fro,
You are anchored to this world like the board to your chair.
Let this become your reality today.
Close your eyes and breathe in life all around you.
It smells so new and feels so fresh whispering across your sun kissed faced.
Oh, the roar of the sacred sea, the distant joyful cacophony of the innocent children
Resounding with vitality in your vulnerable ears. Waking your will for life.
Be not absent with your presence, my love.
Send blessings to the children from within your perfect light being.
Lift them and accompany them to their alternate realm resting besides yours.
Where there is no hatred nor intolerance
Rest content in this knowing…that love is an option here or there.
Will you choose love?
The surf continues to surge all around you gathering it’s vital energy.
This brute force of nature wills you back to life re-awakening your senses with each crash of a wave;
To be part of the collective conscious left behind with the memories;
To deal with death and the aftermath of hatred and sadness;
To cope with earth and the people who inhabit it.
Such things are not to be understood.
An earthly learning experience.
For this is your journey.
A holy spirit on earth living life in the midst of change.
Are you ready for this indomitable mission?
For this is what is needed now.
A new way to experience life.
Placing life in the center.
Humanity before all.
God is swirling in the details.
Fluid. Persistent. Present.
The unshakeable tide begins to recede.
Yet, the ebb and flow persist.
Therein lies the pulsation of life. A mystery to unravel.
The agitated boogie board becomes still and basks in the sunlight.
Feeling grateful for the reprieve.
Your dance of life.
Kind of one and the same, isn’t it?
Vital forces that can buoy the drowning with sweet harmony.
Offer your presence to the present.
Surrender to what is.
Know that the Sacred accompanies you in life, is all around you, within you,
There, there my love
It’s going to be alright.
If you look around you, you will perceive that there really is so much love in the world.
Focusing on the bad stuff or stating that there isn’t enough of this or that will only just create that same vibe. We don't need more of that.
I know, we are human. It’s easy to complain and whine and even get scared by the culture at large. It's the human response.
Stop what you are doing right now. Look around you. Where do you see love?
Is is the birds in the feeder eating the food you lovingly put out for them?
Is it the cup of tea your partner made for you this morning?
Is it your bank account that keeps you afloat with clients who pay you for your work?
Or maybe someone paid it forward and you got a free something at the café this week.
Look around you. Listen. Reflect.
Spread what you want more of on this planet not the opposite.
Focus on love not fear. It's a big lesson to learn.
Have you every taken hold a hot baked potato and the burn was just too much for your delicate palms causing you to unleash that tuber so fast that it dropped free falling to the ground?
Or maybe as a child you played the game aptly named “hot potato” where if you are the last player holding the potato/beanbag in the circle and the music stops and you are eliminated? Bye-bye… you’re gone.
Both highly unfortunate happenings and leaving one with a feeling of a vortex of loss…to the tummy and the heart!
This hot potato image is one that relates so much to life and relationships in our current disposable society.
The current phenomenon of “ghosting”, the practice of ending a personal relationship with someone by suddenly and without explanation withdrawing from all communication, is basically what I refer to as the hot potato syndrome. Don’t like it? Just leave.
It’s such an icky feeling for those left behind.
Want to up level the situation? Reflect about how you can put closure on events in your life that are no longer serving you and be brave enough to do it with feedback and love.
Don’t be the guy or gal who just leaves unannounced. Use your voice to empower you.
I happened upon Biodanza during a very low point in my life. I was seven years into my fourteen year journey in Africa, having given up my secure, independent life in the US and a tenured teaching job that defined me. I had married and had two children, but had lost myself somewhere along the way in the morass of new motherhood and the difficult task of adapting to new and challenging environments in poverty stricken African cities.
BIODANZA, poetry of human encounter
Discovering Biodanza was the product of pure serendipity in the form of a flyer on a gym wall. With trepidation, I made my first encounter, pregnant with my third child, in an outdoor Biodanza class.
I was initially taken back by the personal connections during the sessions, staring into someone’s eyes or holding hands with a stranger during the walking exercise. However, as the facilitator wove specific exercises into each class, I began to develop a comfort level with these connections and in time, a deep desire for this authenticity. The constant pulsation from me to the group and back helped me acknowledge that in my own adventurous and nomadic life, I was indeed strong and quite capable of embracing life’s authentic flow.
Peeling off the layers
With passion in my heart and a newly born baby, I decided to join the Biodanza School in Johannesburg. I was challenged by the level of intimacy that was carefully and progressively introduced. However, I felt safe connecting first with myself. What is that mask I am hiding behind? How is this showing up in my dance? As I began to peel away the layers with self-regulation and feedback, I felt the emergence of the real me within every dance. These are two important concepts reinforced in the Biodanza space. Self-regulation allows you to care for your physical needs in the dance—if you need to slow down, speed up, or even rest, you need to make the decision. Extending this concept to the other dancers, being in communication with them through awareness of their space, gestures, and need for contact is also stressed.
Connecting to presence
Next, and perhaps the biggest challenge, was learning to be present with others. Not superficially present as we tend to be in our busy Western society, but really connected with someone else in the dance. Holding hands, gazing into the “eyes of humanity” as Biodanza creator Rolando Toro describes it, or lying in a warm nest or “puppy puddle” on the ground, I felt increasingly comforted, contained, and liberated from cultural constraints of how we are supposed to relate to one another.
Deepening this ability to be authentically present with myself and others also allowed me to connect more profoundly to the Divine. When I dance now, I am filled with the presence of the numinous and feel this awesome energy in dancers with whom I ignite on the dance floor.
As a wife and mother of three, I am more connected in mind, body, and spirit ways that replaced the distraction I felt before. I look people in the eyes, focus on them, and don’t answer my ringing phone or look away with disinterest. I can say that I know what it truly is to be present with someone and I know that each moment of life is sacred and precious My “poetic encounters” now extend beyond the dance floor and spill over into my daily life.
Biodanza, the dance and blessing of my life...
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When it comes to dancing, people think about ballroom or putting on ballet shoes or doing choreographed steps in jazz. It's hard for us to think of dance that goes beyond aesthetic standards, and even more unlikely to envision a system of dance designed specifically to induce existential modifications in life.
Well, that's precisely the innovative proposal of Rolando Toro Araneda with the Biodanza system which is relatively new in the USA but spreading organically.
To create this system, Rolando Toro, a Chilean teacher,
anthropologist and psychologist, researched ways to humanize medicine and to create system health advocates (facilitators) beginning in the 60's.
Through his anthropological studies he noted that dance had always been used since ancient times as a tool of communication and commitment and expresses deep emotional human meaning.
A vehicle that generates communication and unites group members, establishes rites of passage and celebrations, dance can evoke and translate many dimensions of deep and revealing humanity.
This is the greatest invitation of Biodanza : the dance as movement full of meaning with integrated movement.
Integration means that mobility, perception, affectivity and
behavior are part of a single whole. Integration…to do, say and feel the same action,thought, feeling and not to say one thing, but do another, etc. The simple act of achieving integrative consistency is healing in itself and the possibility of acting with faithfulness to your own feelings can lead to profound and magical changes in your life. The idea is that this consistency can incorporate and expand many possibilities in our existence.
This consistency is gradually achieved with the process of regular Biodanza classes every week.
The primary purpose of Biodanza is, thus, to generate integration:
Existential Level: integration between feeling, thinking and acting, seeking consistency and spontaneity in everyday actions.
Physiological level: integration between body parts and creating homeostasis in the body by dissolving tensions, creating regular rhythms, integrating one’s emotions. Biodanza classes address a respect for the body, dissolving stress and aiding you to shed poor physiological functioning generated by a hectic lifestyle.
Existential Level: integration between the individual and the group, rescuing the possibility of creating affective bonds, carefully dissolving competitive and defensive patterns of communication.
Biodanza does not mean simply to dance, but rather to let your movement express its truth.
This movement is what leads to experience. Experience means being in touch with everything that's happening in this moment here and now: How I feel, what I think and how I act. This contact with the present time gives you the possibility to become aware of your own needs and desires. This is a seemingly simple process, but often lost within our educational standards and the rhythms that are imposed by our hectic urban lifestyle and cultural dictates.
Biodanza is an extremely broad system and difficult to explain in a few lines, but to recap, we propose that through dance, listening to your body and feeling your feelings, you can generate real integration: feel what you feel, communicating authentically with others, moving in existence to meet your needs while respecting the cycles of life.
Only your body and your movement can connect to its own depth.
No doctor, guru or confidant can do this for you.
Biodanza uses the sacred body along with music, movement and heartfelt emotion to shift towards integration and a fuller expression of our uniqueness.
The actual experience of a class of Biodanza is the best way to understand its life changing effects.
Join us in Maryland for the dance of life!
Getting out on the Biodanza dance floor connects you immediately to LIFE from the first song.
The rhythm is beating like a heart.
Other shiny humans are present.
You are breathing in the air of first-time excitement or the knowing of the bliss to come.
Connecting to the sacredness of you and of life weekly in the Biodanza space creates movement in the universe that only the collective unconscious can feel.
We Biodanceros become more emboldened to speak up for life, defend it and fight against the injustice that prevails with each dance we make.
Feeling like you can't do that just yet?
Join us in Maryland every Thursday evening at 7:30pm and let the magic of you begin.
Are you willing to take the next step to a higher consciousness?
It all begins with you. On the inside.
Then we spread our essence outward.
And the collective will follow suit.
And if enough of us awaken to our true nature, we can make a difference.
One person at a time. One heart at a time.
Biodanza, the poetry of human encounter.
Creator of Biodanza, Rolando Toro, called Biodanza a revolution of love. He called facilitators the "priests of life" connecting life within our Biocentric Principle and all Biodanceros "warriors of love without limits."
Biodanza is not an ideology.
Biodanza is about life. The right to life is absolute. It's the only absolute that exists.
"The maximum expansion of consciousness is to experience life here and now", he stated.
In Biodanza, we feel it first unconsciously in the body. We live out our genetic POTENTIAL in vivencia throughout the 5 lines of vivencia that support LIFE in the center of all: vitality, sexuality, creativity, affectivity and transcendence.
How do you experience the "vivencia", the here and now, of your life?
We have come to be danced
Not the pretty dance
Not the pretty pretty, pick me, pick me dance
But the claw our way back into the belly
Of the sacred, sensual animal dance
The unhinged, unplugged, cat is out of its box dance
The holding the precious moment in the palms
Of our hands and feet dance.
We have come to be danced
Not the jiffy booby, shake your booty for him dance
But the wring the sadness from our skin dance
The blow the chip off our shoulder dance.
The slap the apology from our posture dance.
We have come to be danced
Not the monkey see, monkey do dance
One two dance like you
One two three, dance like me dance
but the grave robber, tomb stalker
Tearing scabs and scars open dance
The rub the rhythm raw against our soul dance.
We have come to be danced
Not the nice, invisible, self-conscious shuffle
But the matted hair flying, voodoo mama
Shaman shakin’ ancient bones dance
The strip us from our casings, return our wings
Sharpen our claws and tongues dance
The shed dead cells and slip into
The luminous skin of love dance.
We have come to be danced
Not the hold our breath and wallow in the shallow end of the floor dance
But the meeting of the trinity, the body breath and beat dance
The shout hallelujah from the top of our thighs dance
The mother may I?
Yes you may take 10 giant leaps dance
The olly olly oxen free free free dance
The everyone can come to our heaven dance.
We have come to be danced
Where the kingdom’s collide
In the cathedral of flesh
To burn back into the light
To unravel, to play, to fly, to pray
To root in skin sanctuary
We have come to be danced
WE HAVE COME.
by Jewel Mathieson
Seeking extracurricular activity that won't turn me in to a pretzel, exhaust my energy, or make me wish I didn't have to take so much ibuprofen afterwards! Must calm nerves and promote zen-like tendencies. Have to be able to practice at home daily solo. Benefits must include easy exercise that clears my mind, connects me to spirit, lessens my aches and pains, and leaves my body with a lighter feeling. Needs to deepen my process of enlightenment, too....large request, I know!
You are in luck, seeker!
QiGong might be what you are looking for! Say what? What the heck is QiGong?
What will QiGong do for my BODY?
QiGong is a form of moving meditation that balances the body and opens and unblocks the energy flow of all your meridians (energy centers in the body).
For example, gentle movements with proper breathing promotes increased agility of the wrists, hips, shoulders, ankles and will help your blood circulation and unblock stagnant chi (energy) in these areas. The movement also massages all of your internal organs stimulating healing.
QiGong exercises are directly related to finding balance in the body, so with time and practice, your body will experience more feelings of equilibrium.
If you suffer from any kind of pain, QiGong has been shown to relieve pain in fibromyalgia patients (Dance of the Phoenix, U of MD Pain Clinic clinical study). Breathing into pain helps ease it and Qigong focuses on the breath.
QiGong incorporates breathing techniques. Your body is designed to release 70% of its toxins through breathing. If you are not breathing effectively, you are not properly ridding your body of its toxins and other systems in your body must work overtime which could eventually lead to illness. When you exhale air from your body during the Qigong form you release carbon dioxide that has been passed through from your bloodstream into your lungs. Carbon dioxide is a natural waste of your body's metabolism.
Oxygenation of the brain also reduces excessive anxiety levels. Good breathing techniques will also promote better posture.
By the end of a class your body will feel lighter and better and ready to conquer the world!
What will QiGong do for my MIND?
What fires together, wires together. You can rewire your brain with QiGong exercises. The ability of the brain to forge new neural connections and develop new functions is called “neuroplasticity.”
Remarkably, QiGong can be done standing, seated or in the imagination due to mirror neurons that exist in each of us that fire when we ACT and/or OBSERVE an action, thus rewiring our brains.
Qigong’s mental training has proven in case after case that when we mentally lead energy (our chi/Qi=energy) across the map of the body, the circuitry of the brain is rewired.
Practicing a 20 minute form of QiGong daily will help you to embrace a slower paced life. Little by little, you will find yourself able to be still as you perform the gentle movement prescribed.
The goal of the class is to experience deeper, more relaxed breathing, to awaken the mind and experience pleasant physical sensations throughout the body.
What will QiGong do for my SPIRIT?
QiGong is a spiritual treasure.
The ancient Chinese practice of QiGong dates back 4,000 years and means literally "Life Energy Cultivation". Many different "forms" of it have been introduced to humanity since then.
As meditation, QiGong is a means to still the mind and enter a state of consciousness that brings serenity, clarity, and bliss.
Taoists (practitioners of Chinese religious tradition) feel that it is best for one to begin with the energy of the body, then progress through to the emotions and thoughts to one's spiritual power, before going for the ultimate...enlightenment.
One's ability to connect to something greater than self deepens as one sinks into the graceful meditative movements surrounding the body with love, light and peace while collecting heavenly and earthly energy and allowing it to flow around the body.
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Dear Zen seeker,
Please try a GiGong series closest to you until you find one that is just right that resonates with you and your body. Let me know what happens afterwards!
Yours in movement,
The Life Dance Coach
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