When meditation is combined with dance, it can offer you a life changing experience. Here are a few reasons why dance is an excellent way to meditate without the need for sitting still.
When you dance, you pay close attention to your body, your breathing and the beats of the music. You mindfully listen to the music as it determines the rhythm in your movements. You tap into the inner spheres of your mind and forget about everything else around you. You not only become aware of the music, but you become aware of yourself.
“This is one of the purest forms of meditation. When a dancer is in meditation, they have a heightened awareness around them. They are part of something bigger than themselves.” writes Jennifer. When your dance meditations session ends, you experience a psychological, emotional, physical and spiritual release that makes your soul feel liberated.
When you dance, you need to possess immense control over your mind and body. Not only you need to be determined and have patience, you also need to practice regularly just like any traditional meditation technique. The more you practice, the better you are able to control your body parts and add grace and fluidity to your movements. As dance is a form of meditation, it allows you to gain mastery over your mind and body over time. It improves your concentration and enables you to tap into your spiritual energy to give a great performance.
Our spirit fills our mind and body with immense energy which we can tune into constantly. When we use dancing as a form of meditation, we can feel the subtle energies inside of us and utilize it to accomplish greatness. Dance meditation allows us to experience the flow of energy in our body from our feet to our hands and even to our facial expressions. This allows you to sense the incessant power that resides within you and drives your life. Dance empowers us to express our inner energies.
4. Inner peace
When you allow your body to express yourself through dance and move in a natural rhythm, you experience a profound sensation within you. This is your life force moving through your body. This is when your ego dissolves and you start experiencing inner peace and tranquility. This is the natural state of your body which dance and meditation enables you to experience closely.
Jennifer Hahn Masterson writes “Whether a person stays in dance or not, the lessons learned are part of them forever. They know there is “that place” inside them where there is complete tranquility.”
Dance is an expression of the self
The healing power of dance allows us to discover ourselves. It allows us to heal and soothe our mind, body and soul. It allows us to perceive ourselves, our thoughts, emotions and attitudes in new ways. It allows us to explore and become aware of our spiritual selves. Dance allows us to express ourselves. It allows us to redefine our sense of who we are and transforms us by healing us from inside.
Dancer and author Gabrielle Roth concludes “We dance to survive, and the beat offers a yellow brick road to make it through the chaos that is the tempo of our times. We dance to shed skins, tear off masks, crack molds, and experience the breakdown – the shattering of borders between body, heart and mind.”
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