Movement or Meditation: Exploring the Spiritual Connection
Dance and meditation are two practices that are often viewed as distinct from each other. However, there is a growing movement that seeks to explore the connection between the two. Many people have found that dance and meditation share a spiritual feel that takes them within, calms them, and steadies them.
In fact, some argue that dance is a natural form of meditation for people who have a hard time sitting still for long periods. When you dance, you gain all the benefits that come with meditation, and you also feel a natural high. Dancing provides you with a drug-free way of expanding your consciousness without suffering the devastating side effects that come with alcohol and other intoxicants.
Moreover, dancing stirs your consciousness and allows you to meditate. As you move your body to the rhythm, you will feel great and take your mind off stress. Take Daybreaker, for example – an early morning dance event where you can dance your heart out, flow in yoga, and give thanks to life and all those around you. Celebrating life, love, and freedom, it's a therapeutic way to start your day!
But dancing isn't just about physical movement – it's also about connecting with others. When you start to dance meditatively, you will establish a strong spiritual connection with others. The best part of meditation is that it allows you to connect with people better. We are one people, and meditating will help you to realize this.
If you want to gain control of your mind, meditation is the best way to do it. However, most people do not have the patience to sit through a long traditional meditation. If you are like that, you might prefer to take up dance as a form of meditation.
Dancing helps you to achieve self-awareness, which will make you feel complete and center you. As dance puts you in a trance, you can manifest anything that you desire. If you want to shed the past and live in the present, you should take up dance as a form of meditation.
In conclusion, dance and meditation share a strong spiritual connection that can bring balance and calmness to your life. Take a ten-minute break for meditation anytime in the day, or dance anytime – it does not matter when you dance, it is what it does to you. Try dancing, dance and discover your connection within, take that fifteen-minute break, and do a jig to feel energized for the day ahead.
"Dance is the fastest, most direct route to the truth. We dance to fall in love with the spirit in all things, to wipe out memory or transform it into moves that nobody else can make because they didn't live it. We dance to hook up to the true genius lurking behind all the bullshit—to seek refuge in our originality and our power to reinvent ourselves; to shed the past, forget the future, and fall into the moment feet first." - Gabrielle Roth, founder of 5Rhythms dance practice (source: Psychology Today)
"Dance as a form of meditation takes us beyond our thinking mind and into the present moment. When we dance, we enter into a state of flow, where time and space seem to disappear, and we are fully immersed in the present moment. We let go of our thoughts, our worries, and our fears, and we simply allow ourselves to be in the present moment, fully alive and fully aware." - Deepak Chopra (source: The Chopra Center)
"When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way." - Wayne Dyer (source: Goalcast)