Many times when I speak of movement, people automatically think that I am speaking of dancing. Of course dancing is movement, but that is not exactly what I mean.
We live in a disembodied world — sitting endless hours at our desks, commuting long-distance maintaining relationships through our phones and laptops, and leaning on our intellect to solve or get our to-do list under some kind of order. The result? Loss of authentic connection with ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities.
Movement is the key to feeling more alive, generating creative solutions, enjoying growth, and connecting more fully and deeply in gratifying and enjoyable ways. Movement naturally generates more vitality, freedom, joy, and clarity in everything we do. Movement allows us to embody and connect with ourselves in an authentic and genuine manner. It allows us to engage parts of body, heart, and soul that we may have forgotten. As we connect with ourselves, we also connect with our loved ones.
When one learns to slow down and practice movement, what occurs is the discovery of the magic and wisdom of your body. It is not about performance. It’s about learning and practicing movement that allows you to tune out the world and tune into your heart and soul. Movement is an opening to feeling and hearing the nuances, the lyric and notes that your body, in alignment with your heart and soul, are writing for you. The mind is a wonderful vehicle to decipher the world yet it is also a great story-inventor. The body does not make up tales but helps us unravel them through tension, relaxation, and pleasure… the verses and rhythms of life.
As a therapist and coach, my commitment is to help my clients co-create the life and love of their dreams. Having each of them sit and talk is reinforcing the pattern of being disembodied. Many of clients know that movement, breath, and body-focused exercises are used often is sessions because these are the gateways to the authentic self. Many times themes and issues are uncovered more gracefully than with talk therapy alone.
So what exactly does one move… any part of the body that inspires and whispers to you. Start with stretching your arms over your head as you twirl your hands, undulate your hips, breathe while moving your belly up and down. Play your favorite song and move to it in ways that you normally don’t. Do the Hokey Pokey… yes, the one from childhood, remember how much fun you had back then?
The body is a fountain of inspiration and wisdom. Move and let it sing to you.
Originally posted on 7/20/2016