- Posted by Lisa McDonald
- On March 9, 2016
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Sweet sisters, we were born to dance! Dancing continues to heal and nourish me in my life. Now when I say this, I want you to know that I’m not a “dancer” and I don’t belong to a dance studio! There is a wonderful place to dance nearby and as much as I yearn for a community of women supporting each other and dancing together, right now, most of the time, an hour of dance is more than my body wants or needs. It will shift one day, and then I will create the time.
Right now, I steal bits of time when I am in my home alone. I choose a song based on how I am feeling, what my energy is like, what my body needs. Lately I’ve been yearning for beauty, strength, hope and fluidity and have been choosing songs that fit with this such as Rise Up by Andra Day and this beautiful one by Joni Mitchell.
There is a song for every mood. We must cultivate our favorites. Here’s the thing: when we put it on, we have to stop thinking and just let our beautiful body take over. You’ll be surprised. She knows how to move. If she hasn’t in a while, give her a chance to feel and even just close your eyes and begin to sway. Your body will remember.
Here is a video I find so fun and inspiring:
I’ve learned in my life that when feelings get stuck, symptoms appear.
We need songs for celebrations, sadness, relief, mourning, joy, heartache. When we dance it takes us out of our heads and into our bodies. It allows feelings to move through us. I can’t tell you how many times, different kinds of tears move through when I dance. Sometimes I know what they are for, sometimes I don’t. Either way, it is a healing release to move them through.
Other days, the dance allows me to feel my grace, my strength, and makes me feel beautiful. It reminds me that my body is made to move.
I’ve written a great deal about how embracing our feminine gifts is integral to our vitality. Don’t forget about that part of yourself that wants to let loose and dance in the rain! It is healing and the balance we need to the more serious and responsible aspects of our lives.
I will leave you with a favorite quote by Clarissa Pinkola Estes:
“Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. Her name is Wild Woman, but she is an endangered species. Though the gifts of the wildish nature come to us at birth, society’s attempts to “civilize” us into rigid roles has plundered this treasure, and muffled the deep, life-giving messages of our own souls. Without Wild Woman, we become over-domesticated, fearful, uncreative, trapped.”