Thursday, January 21, 2010

You Have No Reason Not to Move

Today, I am writing about movement as meditation over at Awake is Good for Jan's 28 day Meditation challenge. Check it out!

Also, I shared this in a couple of ways already, but I think it's important to share it with as many people as possible. The video is only 4 minutes and shows the true power of dance. Go here.

As I say in the title, after you watch this, you'll know that you have no reason, no excuse in the world, not to move.


Sara @Soulspackle said...

I loved that man's story when I saw it on tv the other day -- truly moving. All I can say *for me* is thank goodness for yoga. Because, see, I am one of those people who really DOES have an excuse, and I *dearly* wish I didn't. I suffer from adrenal problems, so even though my body is physically ABLED, anything beyond gentle yoga or walking drains my resources to such a degree that I am too fatigued to move afterward. I don't get the adrenaline (and the burst of blood glucose) I need to dance. I miss dancing so much it hurts, and hopefully I am on a healing path so that I can dance again. I truly wish I had done more of it when my body was fully up to the challenge. For now, though, I am intensely grateful for yoga, because as long as I don't overdo it, it brings me back to being in my body again, in a really good way. (And sometimes I shake my hips to Shakira because I can't help it, damn the consequences!)

Laura Hegfield said...

Christine!!!! This is amazing. Thank you so much for posting this beautiful video. I wish I lived near that dance teacher! Still, I think just believing in the possibility of fuller range of motion...of seeing it in the minds eye (not the thinking it, but seeing it) and then playing with movement in small ways and feeling it...all of this leads to healing and joy for being whatever vessel the Divine One has placed us in.

gentle, joyful steps,

Christine Claire Reed said...

But Sara, you DO move. Yoga. Just add the tiniest bit of flow and some music you love and you ARE dancing. Dancing can be as simple as breathing and lifting your arm slowly and with rhythm. Dancing is "just" expressive movement. That's the point of there being no excuse.


Laura -- Yep. Intention. Marcy and I talked a lot about that video, deconstructing why it's dancing that does it and not physical therapy, for example.

We think it has a lot to do with music and also how dance does not focus on, say, the knee, but rather sees the body as a whole unit. I could go on and on...

At Kripalu, one of the teachers said there was a study recently about learning dance steps and how it does MORE FOR YOUR BRAIN than if you were drinking coffee, doing YOGA, and a Sudoku puzzle ALL AT ONCE.

Laura Hegfield said...

Christine this makes a lot of sense to me (as a person living with a brain disorder), much healing available when we really comprehend the wholeness of our being. And of course, I think it's hugely important to have an expansive view of what healing means. Sometimes it is just as it has been for this young man in the video...retraining his being so that he can now walk with straighter legs and even dance in a fairly traditional way...but his healing was far greater than the physical (great as that is and it is!) But the emotional-spiritual-thinking/believing in possible aspect of's all part of the same beautiful healing package. Some of us will be able to physically walk/talk/dance like everyone else...some of us will not...but that doesn't mean we are not healing.

Oh and I would like to add petting one's bunny, kitty, poodle or other cuddly house mate to the realm of possible dance moves! It could be subtle or vigorous-depending on petter and pettee preferences.

Bohemian Single Mom said...

Cool, I could get into this!
It's been awhile since I've been here - love the new look!

differenceayearmakes said...

I cried when I watched this - how absolutely beautiful.

How often are people encouraged to accept their limitations?

This reminds me of Horses for the Handicapped - I've witnessed the difference that riding a horse can have on a child with diabilities. It goes beyond physical therapy - way beyond.

Somehow we must need to tap into the whole brain and be able to dream of possibilities. The brain will create new synapses.

Kiki said...

Ohmygoodness, I don't know what to say! This is phenomenal! And to think that you've brought dance back into your life to heal some of your own hurts and clear away the impediments...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the continued inspiration!

Anonymous said...

nice post. thanks.

Namaste_Heather said...

Thank you for this. That video is moving and inspiring!