If you feel sad, keep moving your feet. If you feel happy, keep moving your feet. Even if you feel tired, keep moving your feet. That is where the transformation occurs. Dance becomes both a meditation and a sanctuary.
There was one day where I felt such an incredible level of sadness that it was difficult to move. Everything felt heavy, my limbs were made of lead. I focused on my breath, but it felt stuck, like it was lodged inside of a metal vise. But I kept with the practice and kept moving.
There were moments where I noticed people jumping around, wildly expressing themselves, when all I could manage was a shuffle. It did feel good to feel my bare feet touching the smooth, polished, wooden floor. Since shuffling was all that was available at that point, I played with different shuffling patterns.
I changed the focus to my hands, following them as they swirled through the air.
I kept moving.
Something happened. I don’t know exactly how long it took, but all of a sudden, something shifted. The vise released a little, and movement flowed. It was an opening.
With the release came clarity. Thoughts danced through my head as my body moved to the music. The truth of why I was feeling sad suddenly dawned on me, along with the words I needed to say to heal the situation.
The feelings did not magically vanish, but they did subside. By choosing to keep moving, I found grace.
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