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From Dancing Freedom to Living Freedom

If you are reading this you are a dancer at heart. You live to dance. You can’t wait to get back to your home on the dance floor, where the microcosmic world of sound in air, movement on wood, and pulse in the blood changes and expands you from within so that your spirit soars without limits into the universe. Perhaps you love it even more because in the macrocosmic world, the big one of jobs, city life, bills, and deadlines, you might more often than not feel small, constrained, and far from the expansive, enlivened “YOU” that you experience on the dance floor. If only there were a way to feel like you do when you are dancing- in your “non-dance world.” Well, maybe there is…

Here are a few ideas to play with: Take a moment to relive in your mind how you feel on the dance floor. Embody that feeling. Notice if your breathing changes. How is the tension in your shoulders – do they feel more fluid? What is it like to make a little movement, “as if” you were dancing, but make it so small no one can see it? Try it in the midst of others and have it be your secret.  Who is the “you” that comes out? Does this “you” feel like the person you are on the dance floor? If so, congratulations, you have made the dancer’s leap from the microcosmic world to the macrocosmic one. Whoever you are, dancing surreptitiously in the “default world,” as some people choose to call it, that “self” is certain to be much more embodied, probably more at ease and certainly more in the present moment than your “default self” … That said, you will notice that your “dancer” self is apt to be your best state in which to: listen, smile, love, and feel alive and carry positive vibrations to all the cells of your being. So, having a regular dance practice, especially once you realize you do not have to stop dancing once you leave the dance floor, can be the very best way to be alive, well, and present here on earth. It is called “The dance of life” after all.

In fairness, your dance self might not be quite as witty with a verbal comeback (the language centers are located in the left hemisphere of the brain and creativity more on the right hemisphere). You would not necessarily want to choose this state of open and aware body consciousness to articulate the closing arguments of your court case (yes, the left brain does have some important functions, like logic). That said, you will notice that your “dancer” self is apt to be your best state in which to: listen, smile, love, and feel alive and carry positive vibrations to all the cells of your being.

So, having a regular dance practice, especially once you realize you do not have to stop dancing once you leave the dance floor, can be the very best way to be alive, well, and present here on earth. In truth, everything is or can be a dance, starting with the breath. Breath initiates movement, so we can be aware we are always dancing, even at rest, just by watching our breath and how the rest of our muscles join in a sequential cascade of coordinated movement, a rhythmic dance, a gathering in and letting go, a little birth and little death 6 times per minute. Breath is the cornerstone of embodied awareness.

I am not a dancer who dances to see how high I can jump or how many pirouettes I can execute. I dance to experience life. Life is not a performance, it is an experience. Anytime we come from an embodied experiential state we feel more deeply. We taste, absorb and express life to the fullest when we are in our in our embodied selves. Absorbed in our senses and body awareness, we can finally hear and feel not only what goes on between the ears, but also our hearts, our gut, find our true voice, and if we listen closely, hear the myriad of selves that hide tucked away in our backs, elbows, and toes.  Every little and big part of us has a voice, is alive and wants to join us, listen with us, and be heard by us in the dance of life.

Ethan Feldman has been a Dancing Freedom Facilitator since 2012 and currently lives in Mexico. You can connect with him via email at ethanfeldmandc@gmail.com. Check out his bio here: http://www.dancingfreedom.com/ethan-feldman/

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