Did you ever notice a young child dance or sing? They don’t care how they look or sound. They make up their own dance moves and words to the songs. They dance wildly and sing loudly. They don’t worry about whether they’re “good” at dancing or singing. Maybe that was you. Maybe that still is you. But for many, somewhere in life, they got the message that they need to be good at something to do it. Only people with great voices can sing, and only those who move their bodies well can dance. So, they stopped singing and dancing. They forgot that they deserve to move their body and let their voice be heard. They forgot that we are all singers and dancers. They forgot that we are all worthy of love and self-expression.
Dancing Mindfulness is a moving meditation practice that helps you remember your beautiful uniqueness and embody your worth and dignity. It connects your body, mind, and spirit using the power of music, movement, and awareness. There are no choreographed movements or dance steps to follow. You’re invited to come as you are and move as you wish which can be seated, standing, or reclined. Dancing Mindfulness is for everyone regardless of your age, body type, fitness level, or experience with dance. Dr. Jamie Marich, the creator of Dancing Mindfulness, describes it best: “If you have a body, you can dance.” Dancing Mindfulness is a judgement-free zone to explore and play with your meditation practice. You’re encouraged to honor yourself and what you need as an expression of your worth. Maybe the music inspires you to sing, draw, write, or rest. That’s OK because there’s no wrong way to do it. If you’re moving, you’re doing it right, and breathing is movement. It’s a liberating mindfulness practice.
Dance can help manage stress and improve overall wellbeing. It’s been used by native and indigenous cultures for centuries. It can release trauma stored in your body and take you to deep places of acceptance, healing, and recovery. Meditation practices, like Dancing Mindfulness, give you the gift of “kindful” awareness, the ability to listen and respond to the needs of your body, mind, and spirit with love and compassion. They’re not about improving yourself but about accepting yourself as you are right now. They help you remember that you are a person of worth, and you have a right to be here, to express yourself, and to take up space.
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