Unique friendships have continued to provide me with much needed connection, people that I have a bond with, whom I may not see for many months, sometimes even years, but when I do it is as if I never was away from them. I often say when I am teaching the weekly class, that we take each other home with us when we leave and this for me, is the truth.
It is now 11 years since I first stepped into the Dance arena, I was reminded of this today when my dear friend Monica Nataraj (someone who I see seldomly but is ever present in my heart) sent me something that I am working with and that is finding some love and compassion for myself. My life has been one of deep transformation. Monica was the first person who helped me to see that Dance is an extraordinary part of life, That life is a beautiful Dance, and those who dance live life differently ( not worse or better ) just differently.
One thing I have learned is that none of this stress supports us as humans. Yes, we have to pay our bills, be accountable and responsible, but worrying makes no difference or sense at all.
The first step toward letting go of stress is to know that you are carrying it. Pay attention to how you feel and learn to read the signals that you are allowing work to wind you up or wear you down.
Once we are aware that our physical and spiritual bodies are but vibrations, we can understand how sound can affect us, causing harmony or dis-harmony. Which in turn may cause disease.
We are part of the totality of this universe and subsequently we like the universe are always in a constant state of vibration. Sound is one vibration that can affect us on all levels, physical, mental, emotional, etheric, and spiritual. Shamans new that all things could be healed through sound, whether this was done by singing a tone over the body, or drumming, simply chanting, dancing and connecting as tribe.
In both Biodanza and DANCEmandala we are doing just this, we are going back to our basic instinctual nature and as we participate we are healing all that exists within all of our own subtle bodies, through sound, vocal expression, through touch, connection, vital dances of expression, creative movements, through rest and stillness where we dissolve into the totality. It is in these dissolving and resting periods that our organs begin to re-generate and harmonise.
Hazrat Inayat Khan the great Sufi master said, "each of us is but one note in the great Symphony of Life and that our job is to simply to bring into harmony our personal note". For when one note is out, the whole symphony is out.
Each time we dance, chant, sing, connect and share our personal sounds we are bringing a sense of wholeness to our body and the body of the universe. Some sounds are soothing and harmonizing they are organic in nature and can provide such a welcome relief to our spirit, and we should not forget that finding some silence in this busy world is also important.
There are so many opportunities in London to dance and sing, you can create your own dance space at home, in the garden, in the office, attend sessions and workshops. I recommend that you find some time to Liberate your body and your voice from the stresses and strains of City Life and you will find that your body, mind and spirit will thank you.
In October last year I attended an 8 weeks course to learn to facilitate DANCEmandala. The training took place in the the most beautiful setting of the Yoga Tree in the heart of Chiang Mai in the North of Thailand. I have danced Biodanza and 5 Rhythms for many years, so I was interested to find out about this new movement meditation.