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Being here, living and breathing is full of peculiar paradoxes; and anything that makes us more embodied will likely bring us closer to them all! By dropping deeper into the body we will inevitable become more intimate with ourselves others and the wider world around us. Being in a body we get to feel fully- it may be deeply delicious - or alternatively it can take some stamina to learn to stay with the sensations arising within us! As we get more embodied we may feel both deeply feeling filled and deliciously emptied out! There is both so, so, so much amazing stuff to learn, in the direction of our self actualising. Of course there is simultaneously completely nothing to do and nowhere to get to! Clear seeing, allowing and accepting can work much magic! It really is just all about cultivating choice of where we put our attention... To be fully here and human we get to own both our shadow and a shine. The can tend to be a focus on shadow and self improvement- yet I reckon that being guided by our gifts is an important imperative too. Why not reflect a little more on your own sweet shine! what qualities and ways of being you have within you, that you will bring forward and offer out to the wider world? May we dare to bloom bright my dears... Amazing image by @gartenwerk #movementmatters #5rhythms #embodiment #cultivatingchoice #touched #ownyourshine #bodybasedwisdom #giveyourgift #blossomandbloom #share your #shine #wildmoves #feelingfully #alive
“Last night a DJ saved my life…”- a catchy little line conveying a common experience (hopefully an over-exaggeration)- yet all too often the dance does so substantially enhance my experience of reality. The real joy of going for refuge in something of substance- which in the case of both of the dance and the dharma is no physical thing that can be held on to. yet I’m pretty certain both will help hold us through a helluva lot more than some other options..
So maybe let’s skip the i-need it now electronic emoti-conned; stay buying some more sh*t, stuffing it all down inside, shopping on high street; just shoving all that innate intelligence way down under, fawning over flat screen TVs and imbibing taco-bellshit.... let’s cut back on the “consume, conform and don’t even consider what might actually matter to you” media weapons of mass induction, let’s not even go there...
Here listen, lean in together, come home within you. We got this. Stay still with it, the grace, the grief, the glory, the guts of this thing. Hold it all in heart, hear it, here we can find a good way through... face it. Feel in to it, find out what you want, what actually means something, how we might show up in life and somehow serve each other.
For me the dance floor remains this space for grace to come through. A crucible for community and coming to greater consciousness. Space to be bold, brilliant, broken, fierce, furious, feisty, jaded, joyfilled, sober, surrendered , soulful, sassy and sweet.
To roll with whatever rocks us.
The dancefloor, dharma hall, dojo- s’all same, same different. I’m pretty clear I will continue to devote my life to being on this dancing path ... Perhaps we can all be bodhisattvas in some small way just by being in the body and being together. Show up, sink in, stay with it. together we got this...