While I dance I cannot judge or hate. I cannot separate myself from life. I can only be joyful and whole. That is why I dance.
~ Hans Bos
To me, dancing is a sort of moving meditation. It focuses all my energy, my entire body, and my mind on completing each move. When I dance, I'm not thinking about work the next day, my to-do list of housework, a friend who is upset or family member who is sick.
Don't misunderstand, there are times to focus the very important issues of life as well as the mundane, everyday tasks. However I find that after dancing, after releasing all of those thoughts and freeing my mind from worry, I am stronger once I go back to them.
I can relate to what the author Hans Bos means by only being joyful and whole while dancing. It gives you such a freedom that you can't help but feel more love, more joy, more gratitude, and more peace. When you leave dance class with these four gems lighting your way, life hasn't changed - but you have.
This last year has been incredibly challenging for me. Right in the middle of it I was drawn to ATS and it's been my lifeline ever since. For me, after dancing I feel more peace, and more confidence to take on what life brings. Class - through my teacher, fellow students, and the dance itself - has given me joy on days when all I thought I could do was crumble.
In a sense, I feel a great debt to the dance. Maybe that's what sparked the creation of his blog in the first place - it's my offering. It's good fun of course, with tutorials and shopping etc. - but my love for this 'tribal way' goes so much deeper. I hope dancing and this blog can impact you just as profoundly. :)
And PS: Carolena, if you ever find my blog, from the bottom of my heart, THANK-YOU.
Yes this turned into a mushy-gushy post, but I meant every word. If you want to share how dancing has impacted you, please comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org