Dance is medicine

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“To lose our connection with the body is to become spiritually homeless.  Without an anchor we float aimlessly, battered by the winds and waves of life.”  – Anodea Judith

Make no mistake, dance is medicine and it can be used as a tool to unwind our lives. Intuitive dance passionately shakes up any stuckness and confusion, ignites our spirit and reconnects us to flow again.

I always feel truly alive and connected to every cell in my body, with an overwhelming feeling of expansive love, when I close my eyes, surrender my inhibitions and allow my body to flow to its own exquisite, intuitive movement.

No structure or specific steps. Absolutely no thinking or worrying about looking good. Plain, simple, un-planned dancing. An unguarded willingness to become vulnerable to the moment and to trust the body to organically and naturally untangle knots, energy blocks, confused emotions and stress.

As Gabrielle Roth says, “There is a dance that only you know how to do.”

Dance is even greater medicine when coupled with fabulous music. Fast, slow, pop, 70s or even classical – there’s no right or wrong. Trust your gut.

Intuitive dance smashes stress, dissolves anxiety, revitalizes your energy channels, shifts your moods and leaves you smiling brightly from the inside. Hallelujah!

I’ve proven the “dance is medicine” theory many times in life. Last week at Sunday Dance in Ubud, Bali, my intuitive dancing spectacularly cleared  a niggling sore left shoulder. Bravo!

You can click here to check  out the class I often go to when in Ubud.

Now is always a great time to dance.

Sometimes restorative yoga or therapeutic breathing don’t quite take the desired edge off anxiety, stress or feeling overwhelmed. There are simply times when a good, fast, strong walk in fresh air is needed or, as the image  suggests, Hard Times Require Furious Dancing which by the way is the cover and name of a book. Great name isn’t it!

This year I feel very much drawn towards exploring the healing medicine of dance more as a tool for unwinding our lives.  Intuitive Chakra Dance is something that’s catching my eye at the moment.

Have you done it?  Let me know.

Solution to your problem:

A while back I wrote a post called Solution to your problem.  I feel it’s perfect to share the wise words and the very heart of this post with you again.

It’s a quote from the fabulous Gabrielle Roth. Hopefully it resonates with you as it did with me. Enjoy.

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 finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?

Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experienced the loss of soul.

Dancing, singing, storytelling, and silence are the four universal healing salves”

—Gabrielle Roth

Carole writes for her blog and she generously allows us to publish her wise words on Midlifexpress. Thankyou Carole.

Author: Carole Fogarty
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3 thoughts on “Dance is medicine

  1. Dear Carole,

    I found your article when I googled “Dance is Medicine.”

    Your article is a perfect description of Dance is Medicine. One of the best I’ve seen or written myself. I am a Nia instructor and I lead Free Dances — one of my favorite things. In fact, I used the Gabrielle Roth quote from your article in a post. I love her quotes.

    I plan to post your writing on my FB biz page soon. I realize it was written in 2013 and it is timely today. The title on my FB page is Movement is Medicine so this article is close to my heart.

    Thank you for the medicine.

    New Jersey

    1. Hi Teresa,
      I’m pleased you like the article. We will pass on your comments to Carole.
      And thank you for sharing to your FaceBook page.
      Warm regards, Midlifexpress team

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