Well-Being: Starting the Search
until you shatter yourself." Rumi.
out should be like having a conversation with your body and spirit;
it should be personal, intimate, and holy, not boring and painfully
repetitive," says Gabrielle Roth, who practices what she preaches. An
internationally renowned dance teacher, Roth has taught her form of
ecstatic dance to thousands of people in settings as diverse as schools,
hospitals, corporations, theaters, and growth centers. Her philosophy
strives to marry the physical to the spiritual in a quest to liberate
the body and the spirit. "I can make a dancer out of anybody because
I know that deep down everyone is one. "Anyone who can walk can
dance...but it does take doing."
suggests dancing every day, even if you can only spare ten minutes.
Over the years, she has identified five "rhythms of the soul." They
offer a guide, but it is not important to dance them all. What matters
most is to move. "A spiritual practice requires discipline, the willingness
to show up not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well."
Before choosing your music, rock easily on your own to get a feel for
your mood, "whether it's up, down, edgy, excited or dreamy." Choose
music that speaks to how you are feeling in the moment, and surrender
to the dance with an attitude of prayer.
The Five Rhythms
is the state of being fluid, of hanging loose and being flexible. It's
also very rooted. Michael Jordan playing basketball is the essence of
flowing. In flowing, we learn how to be sensitive to our unique energy,
to follow it and be true to it.
is a very percussive, passionate, fiery and angular type of dance.
Where flowing is earth, staccato is all fire. This rhythm takes our
experience, and puts it out there. It lets the dance out. In staccato,
we learn how to listen to our hearts and honor our need to express our
- Chaos is
art! It is the rhythm of life itself. It's where the inhale and the
exhale collide...where the feminine and the masculine come together.
Chaos is where we get in touch with our whims, our impulses, our spontaneous
poetic intelligence, and free them to move through our bodies and hearts.
is the rhythm most connected to our souls. On the dance floor, it's
where the dancer really discovers their style. In lyrical we have the
freedom to keep shifting energies, so as to never get stuck in one possibility.
- In stillness,
we move into letting be whatever's left. Anytime we are ready we can
access the lessons of stillness: wisdom, compassion, and inspiration."
Body & Soul is currently airing Monday-Friday at 7:00pm and 8:30pm on PBS YOU.
James S. Gordon, M.D.
Thich Nhat Hanh
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