When you think of something that is “freeing”, what comes to mind? Is it skydiving, snorkeling, windsurfing or rock climbing? What about simply dancing? At one moment or another in your life, you’ve heard music that has inspired a dance move or two. But whether your music of choice is Classical, Rap, R&B, Disco or Motown, the beat of the song needs to resonate in order for you to deeply connect with it.
Think about the last time you heard a great song that made you want to get up and move. Were your arms stiff? Did your feet move in the same predictable steps? Or did you truly let yourself go?
Dancing is a form of moving meditation. Allowing yourself the freedom to let go is a gift. We often picture people sitting silently with eyes closed as they meditate, and yes, this is meditation as well. But ‘meditation’ in its most simplistic form is allowing oneself to connect to the deeper, spiritual level in order to reach enlightenment. Can you picture yourself delving deeply inward, entranced in a dance?
Try This Fun Activity
Play music with a steady beat, such as a drumming sound. Feel your body move along to the beat, and become aware of each of these movements. Feel your arms moving, your feet stomping, your head swaying. As the beat of the music gets faster and less repetitive, allow your body to move freely. Let your energy take over as the beat moves inward. Don’t think about the music or focus on your moves. Give yourself the freedom to just “be”—happy, silly, fun and creative.
Close your eyes, blocking out all worry, fear and judgement, and simply move. As you do, begin to notice that your body is almost floating. You’re connecting to a higher wisdom: the power that intuitively knows the movements your body needs to make. End your meditation with hands in prayer position in front of your heart. Give thanks for this body that supports you and this gift of freedom that you can give yourself whenever you need an internal boost.