I woke up at 3 am this morning. The spring is a time of big energy for me. Once upon a time in my life this energy was pathologized and called manic, bipolar. I was taught to fear it and drug it and by no means express it. I have been unlearning all that for some years now.
Now I learn from this big energy inside me. That involved taming the even bigger fear. We all have so much fear. The energy is inherently benign. It’s the fear that is potentially toxic. I listen and move and listen some more. I let myself feel anything. Big bad ugly feelings and big beautiful ecstatic ones too. I DANCE. I do YOGA. I WALK barefoot in the woods. I BREATHE. I meditate. I eat good food. I LIVE.
There is Big Medicine in Everyone.
This lovely piece of music was part of an amazing compilation wave that a women who was visiting my local dance collective put together for one of our Sunday morning dances. I was blessed to get a recording of the entire mix which I danced to again last night. This was the piece that transitioned from Flow to Staccato (if you’re familiar with the 5 Rythyms that Gabriel Roth developed)
Anyway…after I finished my solo nighttime dance wave I thought I’d share a little piece with you. Enjoy and find the big medicine in you.
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To learn a little about 5 Rythym dancing visit these posts on Beyond Meds:
- ”When you put the psyche in motion it heals itself.” (embodiment)
- Ecstatic dance as practice: there is a dance that only you know how to do
More posts on music, sound and dance healing:
Gabriel Roth’s work
- The Ecstatic Dance: The Gabrielle Roth Video Collection
- Maps to Ecstasy: The Healing Power of Movement
- The Wave
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