Do you let yourself feel your feelings? Do you stuff the difficult ones? Are you able to express frustration and anger in a healthy way? Is there anyone available to listen to your sadness? I come to the DANCE FLOOR to meet these needs and I can’t say enough about how powerful and helpful it has been for ME. This is the place I can express myself free of any judgement (unless i’m the judge of course!). Letting myself express my emotions was not easy for me, until I started "Telling My Story to the Dance Floor”. Read More
Funky Connection is where I learned, and you can too, that you can't make a mistake when you're being funky and WEIRD! I’ve owned my WEIRDness and encourage all others to do so!! I’ve challenged people on wanting to be perfect! Perfection is overrated and not nearly as much fun as being weird! Read More
Immersion to me is really getting into it! Not half way, but really committing to digging in and staying in the dance of life. When I immerse myself completely, I forget everything else around me and just drop into the moment. Where are you fully in? Where are you committed to yourself or others, and where are you just going through the motions, wasting your time, and not enjoying it? Read More
Welcome back to my 12 week Transformational Tunesday email series! I hope you enjoyed the first one on Embodiment. In this series I'm highlighting each transformational component of the JourneyDance flow so you can get moving, empowered and inspired. Here’s our next quality:
It took me years to own my power and sensuality. I was afraid to feel amazing in my own body, to enjoy my sensual nature and to really love myself. This practice of freely flowing my body in waves of energy opened me up to feel the joy that comes from this freedom of expression. Now I embrace the yummy pulse of my own expressive body, safely and on my own terms. Read More
JourneyDance™ has an intentional flow that sparks expression, integration and transformation. It's definitely changed my life, my way of being, my relationships, and all for the better. Rather than just tell you about the qualities I'd love you to experience them. For the next 12 weeks I'm going to share with you a "Transformational Tunesday" email.
The power of Embodiment gets you out of your mind into your body! The presence you can cultivate in this simple practice is amazing. When I began the embodiment process I was so out of my skin and living in emotional numbness. I was on a hamster wheel of thoughts. "Getting into my body" and rolling around on the floor seem like a crazy idea!! But it helped me in ways that I couldn't even imagine. I began to feel. I began to heal. Every luxurious roll, stretch, and pour brought my full awareness back to me, in this moment, back to myself. Read More
The first rule - don't hurt yourself - is such an important concept, and not just for the physical body. When I say don't hurt yourself, of course I mean don't pull your hamstring, don't whack out your shoulder, etc. But I also mean don't be mean to yourself, don't say things about yourself that are not nice, don't allow negative thoughts and I'm not good enough messages to pervade in your mind. It's okay to feel all of your feelings but it's important to stop beating yourself up so that you can shine and be you.
When I say don't hurt yourself, that can also include addictive behaviors that you know are destroying your relationships, your body, or your mind. When you decide to stop hurting yourself, love will appear as you have never seen before.
When you can increase your self love and compassion for others, you start to see all the beauty that occurs.
The second rule is there are no mistakes! When people come to the dance, they might think they're a spaz, or they don't look as good as someone else, or move as well as that person... and that lead to all kinds of self talk. Comparison is the killer of joy! When you move, it's your body's way of telling its story: your shapes, your speed, your pulses, your expression. So you can't really make any mistakes, if you get my meaning. Just as in life, when we think we've done something wrong, it can lead us to our next level of understanding, growth, or evolution. When you experience the evidence of "making a mistake" take it in as information to shape your next decisions. Use it as a way to get more clear on what you do want. Just try to remember that life is an experiment and you're here to enjoy it!
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Somewhere along the way, most of us got the message that we're human doings rather than human beings, with much more important things on the agenda than playing. Well, that's just wrong. Discover why play is as essential to the spirit as food and love are to the body and soul.
By Margarita Bertsos for redbook.com Read More