This is the greatest learning I took away from Journey Dance Teacher training experience. There are so many countless interactions in our life that draw us out of our body, out of the moment, out of feeling and being. To name a few – cell phones, computers, driving…day to day experiences.
Take a moment to reflect upon what daily interactions you have that pull you away from feeling the present moment in your body?
I knew I was disconnected when people kept asking me, what does your heart want to do? I would immediately begin thinking about what my heart wanted instead of being attentive to how my body was speaking to me. I always considered myself someone who was reasonably tapped into my feelings. However, in my human experience, through heart-break, ongoing transition, asking life questions, decision making – the naratives in my mind led me in my day to day life and to be honest, fear has been a strong narrative! Transitioning back into the balance of body and mind brings back the flow of life. It re-invites the energy of life to nourish me and therefore nourish my every interaction.
I just had an amazing opportunity to spend 5 days in Boston, MA doing a Journey Dance Teacher training with Toni Bergins – http://www.journeydance.com. It was quite a process of accessing the heart to make the decision to go. The most intriguing dialog that came forth was the conversation I had with myself about not being able to spend money on this opportunity because it’s not “productive”!! I find it fascinating that following my heart and trusting this essence was what the mind considered “unproductive”…an unraveling of external influences.
The dance evolved over the days with a group of inspiring movers and dancers, all there to engage in mind, body and spirit! One of the greatest gifts was being witness to the evolution of dance – the evolution of people accepting their perfectly imperfect parts of spirit, being, body…and then moving into dance and celebration of what is!
When I decided to step into dance and take this workshop, I realize I had no idea of what I was getting into! In making the decision, I decided to dance it out in my room and what came up was – take this leap into your essence, into what truly moves you and ride the wave, trust the wave. When I got to Boston and engaged daily in the Journey Dance process, the light within began to trust in it’s potential and glow a bit brighter!
I want to share about a foundation that has moved me closer to movement and the experience of living in sound body and spirit. If you love to move, dance, are inspired by music, people and expression – this would be a great fit. The experience invigorates the senses and elates the spirit! You can dance, play or journey into process and depth – all the layers are possible allowing you to be exactly where you are in the moment.
Sharing Journey Dance with as many people possible is what I hope to manifest. I plan to hold workshops within Ottawa and elsewhere…more to come on that. For now, I continue to ride the wave and trust the flow of dance, trust the journey!
Much light to all my relations*
Touching our toes...
Reaching down to your feet, down to the earth to touch your toes is something you may have done often as a kid but how often to you do it now? Adults can retreat from reaching for their toes because…I’m not flexible enough, I can’t touch the ground, my hamstrings are tight…! Fair enough – but do your legs have to be straight when you touch your toes?
What would it look like if each day started with 5 minutes of stretching, warming the body, softening the creaks and kinks of the night’s sleep?
How would your body thank you?
Our feet carry us through life. They root us on the ground we walk upon and they hold the weight of our staples – our bones, muscles, flesh, organs – in addition to our clothes, grocery bags, the little people we carry on our hips or in the belly, brief cases, back packs…and the list could continue.
Take a moment to connect with your feet. Notice the pads of your feet settled on the ground. Lift your toes and place them back down. Engage your arches. How much attention do you normally give to your feet?
I invite you to feel your feet in the motion of walking – the heel strike, rolling onto the ball of your foot, toes spreading wide – that moment of perfect balance ~ centered and rooted.
Perhaps it’s time to reach down to your toes, to get back to the foundation of your stance, your posture, the foundation that supports us everyday.
Start with the foundation ~