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The Liberating Power of Dance

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Life is synonymous with movement. Death is when this movement comes to a halt.

Every thing in existence is in constant motion: The changing seasons, the celestial bodies, pulsating atoms, ocean waves, the cycles of every organism and life form, our breath and heartbeats, even the flow of time itself. Everything natural and wholesome is always moving, except… humans. Only humans are capable of defying the natural flow of life’s movement. It is only we humans who are attempting to go against our own innate restlessness and master the “art” of becoming “couch potatoes” and “doing nothing”! Healthy life is all about flux and change, and we sadly seek to numb our movements and introduce death into our lives. As we get caught up in the minutiae of surface life, in our struggle for survival, in petty battles and concerns, we become trapped in old habits and patterns – and every time we do, a small part of us dies inside. He not busy being born is busy dying. But the good news is that just as we can choose “death” we can choose life and rebirth – we can determine to plug in to the source of life’s energy, and when we do we are renewed. 

Dance manifests our natural internal movement. When we freeze up, we muzzle and shackle our inner spirit. When we break out into an unbridled dance, with our hands waving free and our bodies unchained, our inherent inner rhythm is liberated and comes gushing forth.

So when you feel constrained or stifled, consider dancing.

A celebration and dance of absolute and unconfined passion is liberating. Dance with your legs — they lift your entire body and mind to another dimension.  Dance: Unchained of your ghosts, unfettered by your mind, unburdened by your anxieties, unrestrained by your limits, uninhibited by your fears. Dance away. Dance freely. Forget for a moment your pains.

Dancing is universal. There is no distinction between scholar and layperson, between intellectual and simpleton, between adult and child. All of us dance together, regardless of background, education and age. Dancing demonstrates a celebration that transcends intellect; connects us all as one, and its celebration is unlimited and absolute. 

Kick off your shoes, set yourself free in an unrestrained dance.

Defy gravity. Your lightness will buoy your sagging spirit. The tug of earth has brought you down, and dragged you there. Now is time to lift yourself and others. 

Exercise: Want to catch a glimpse of another reality? Dance and dance into oblivion — deconstruct existence and get a taste of something beyond … Journal about it in your MyMLC Journal.


Go deeper into this subject: Absolute Passion in the Face of Complacency | My Child Let Us Not Part | Dancing Particles | Simchat Torah: Do You Want to Dance? | How to Loosen Up | Dissecting the Spiritual Experience of Listening to Music |

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