“Action is movement with intelligence. The world is filled with movement. What the world needs is more conscious movement, more action. ”
— B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Life
We live in a dynamic universe, full of movement and full of possibilities. What does it mean to be in movement, what does it mean to be in stillness? What are the colours that inhabit the space in-between the extremes? What lies beyond, what lies beneath?
We would all love to believe we are conscious beings, being conscious, but how true is this belief? How deeply have we questioned our 'self', our deepest held beliefs? Are we more than a collection of beliefs and opinions, habits, addictions, and conditionings? And if so, who are we?
This is THE enquiry, the enquiry of a lifetime.
As we move through the world, how can we do so with more presence, more peace, more purpose? Are we being moved by life, or are we moving with life? Are we swimming against the tide, or at one with the flow?
These explorations can be understood through the medium of the body, through our way of relating, our way of moving, on our own, around each other, with each other, and together as part of the great collective that is the family of life.
How do we interact with life? How deep do we want to go? Where is our comfort zone, where is our edge?
How do we move? Do we move in set patterns that define us, and also confine us? Or do we exhibit a full range of movement that is not inhibited by what other people may think, what our self-critical voice says to us, or what we believe we "should" be doing?
There is no right or wrong way to move, to dance; we simply allow the body to move, to feel comfortable to express its dance. The dance is already there, our place is just to learn to get out of the way to let it out. For sure, we can all learn more, or more to the point, un-learn more.
Through well-guided embodied conscious movement we are able to dive deep into our body / mind complex and discover more of the mystery that is life.
Conscious movement is not simply dancing ecstatically, or putting the body into Yoga asanas, or flowing through a T'ai Chi sequence; it is a practice that unifies heart, mind, and spirit in the crucible of the body. It is a practice that can be applied to daily living, in each and every moment. It is complementary to all other 'spiritual' practices, and what is more, it can be playful and joyful in nature, which is something most of us could do with in our lives.
As the name implies, it is a practice of awareness, awareness of what is inside, what is outside, and what is happening in both spaces and the space in which we - and they - meet. It can be a deeply healing practice, and one that encourages creativity of expression and the expression of creativity. ( It can also help overcome shyness, self-consciousness, fear of being judged or seen, and many other worries ).
As a good friend of mine says, "There can be no vacation from consciousness". That, however, does not mean that we cannot enjoy our explorations and our way of relating with it.
I SHALL BE OPENING AND HOLDING OCCASIONAL CONSCIOUS MOVEMENT MEDITATION (dance, pray and play) CLASS AND PRACTICE SPACE FROM SPRING 2021. PLEASE STAY CONNECTED FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT EVENTS AND LOCATIONS CLOSER TO THE DATE.
I DO HOPE THIS WILL NOT BE RESTRICTED TO ZOOM, but, IF THERE IS NO OTHER WAY, THEN THAT WILL HAVE TO DO.
“In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions: "When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop being comforted by the sweet territory of silence?”
— Gabrielle Roth
Currently, I am in the Apprenticeship Programme of the School of Movement Medicine, next year I will begin Professional Training with the school, with a focus on learning to share Movement Medicine practice as a qualified teacher. I have been a student of the practice since 2012, and my specific area of interest is in creating ceremonial and ritual dance space in which deep healing can take place - and having fun in the process. For more information about the school, visit http://www.schoolofmovementmedicine.com or http://21gratitudes.com