There are many opportunities for us to dance, to surrender to the flow of the music in ways that our bodies desire. I loosely categorize dance into two types: controlled and free form. Controlled dances have prescribed movements and patterns. Free-form dances allow us to move any old which way most any time. (Some dances combine the two types.) Whatever dance or type calls you, I suggest trying it out for a time.
For those who have difficulties with surrender, the controlled dances will be the preferred type. Dances chosen might be folk, square, Dances of Universal Peace, or other choreographed dances.
For those who prefer to explore a more surrendering style, then choices made might include: Sweat Your Prayers by Gabrielle Roth, dancing to Kirtan chanting music, Sufi dancing, African tribal dances, or some other free-form dance. For those who are the least fearful, then the loveliness of perceived essence contact (see Chapter 15) is possible during free-form types of dance.
Dancing is a great alternative to meditation for those who have difficulties with meditation. Three situations come to mind.
Some people are movement centered (Michael teaching).
Some folks have the continual pressure of thinking (Human Design System top center activated 24-7).
Most of us have troubles with the "monkey mind" (that hops all over the place all the time).
In these three situations, dance will usually provide an easier, more effective spiritual route than will meditation.
© 2008 by Thayer White
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