Meditative Movement as Therapy
Is that you dear Warrior, I almost mistook you for a Maasai, rattling your bones like that. I hope you have enjoyed the experience of connecting with your body, of shaking it, of feeling it come alive. How do you move in your life these days?
After all that talk about foundations and anchors into the earth, I now invite you to step into the second chakra, with its element of water and the qualities of fluidity and unctuousness. Tip toe in, if you like. It is a very engaged chakra: all about relationships, sensation and feeling, emotion and pleasure, intimacy and connection, movement and change, as well as creativity and procreativity. How do we relate to our tribe, our family, our children, our lovers, our friends, our colleagues, our work, our religion…our world at large? How do we express ourselves sexually and how comfortable are we with expressing passion, receiving pleasure, and with the creative force within us? These are difficult questions for most of us who have been taught to deny our sense of ‘touchy-feeling’, in the interest of the mind and its dry instructions. We need to actively reclaim that right and along will come the passion that leads to finding our vocation and the vulnerability which fosters healthy intimacy in our relationships. Our capacity for ‘sensing’ is our connection to life, our aliveness and the ‘juiciness’ that gives meaning to our days.
Feeling leads us to drawing healthy boundaries–we know what feels right and what feels wrong and we trust this sense enough to action it. Otherwise, how do we know where to draw the line in our complex lives? At the end of a full day of relating and giving, is there anything left for our sense of self or are we left empty? This is the dilemma of our world, my friend, that even when we arrive home to catch our breath, our loved ones may be waiting for attention but so are hundreds of others on social media, on various screens. Is there ever rest? Today, more than ever before, it is vital to have mutually nurturing relationships as well as nourishing activities for us to develop a sense of wellbeing in relation to others.
Meditative movement is one delicious exercise that we can do on our own to recharge. It allows excess mental energy to be transformed into physical energy, which can either be channeled or expelled. It is especially effective when you are working with worry and anxiety or sadness and depression. Choosing a piece of music that touches us, we can connect with whatever is going on in our system and give it expression through our full body, remembering that without judgement, every state or emotion is a worthy and valid human experience on our soul’s journey. Where in chakra one, we worked on grounding, stability, focus, and stillness, here in chakra two, we learn to let go, flow, move, feel and yield with the music.
As a natural progression from here, we come to the practice of Dance, with a capital D. Dance as a spiritual practice, as an honouring of our soul, as a unique expression of who we are, in each given moment. Dancing from within, “as if no-one is watching”, freely, outside of form and styles and rules, in a way that is true to how we feel, to what we carry in our hearts. This is a form of meditation in itself, linking the mind with the body through the breath. The practice expands our psyche, raises our energy and our vibration so much so that it bridges the conscious and the unconscious, releasing things that we would not access otherwise, leading to profound insights and deep healing.
Gabrielle Roth, the late founder of the 5Rhythms discovered that just like an ocean wave, a dancing body, moving freely, will pass through five rhythmic patterns that continuously repeat themselves in a wave of motion and that each of them corresponds to particular psychological, emotional and energetic patterns. She taught thousands of people to move through the 5Rhythms, sweating away their constrictions, and surrendering into the creative, joyful experience of self acceptance, self permission and ultimately, freedom.
This is what she said about her life’s work: “The practice of 5Rhythms is a moving celebration of our body temple, a gateway to spirit through moving prayer, a physical work out without the effort, a psychotherapy session without words, a playground for the inner child, a dance floor without drugs or alcohol, an embodied meditation, a mini lab for life where you learn about yourself by the way you express in the dance, the way you relate to yourself, to another and to the collective group (tribe). It is a community of like minded people that are unmasking themselves, unveiling the veils, to let the truth come to the surface; a safe place to be however you are, to take risks and experiment. It is transformative, liberating, relaxing, releasing, energising, uplifting, fun, profound, magical, simple and you can’t do it wrong!” (Source: www.5rhythms.com)
So in leaving you this time, I invite you dear Warrior, to dance the dance of your soul: allow your body to express your soul as it is in this moment, and your soul’s desire. In dancing, your own experience matters. The only question to ask is: “How good does this movement feel?”. The only criteria is moving with breath and with awareness, pleasure may be an added bonus! Remember, it is not about how you look, but about how you feel. Surrender to whatever you are feeling, breathe into it, move with it, allow it through you. This is your dance, as you are today. This is your truth, present in this moment. This is your meditation. And I will be here, dancing with you.