Harry Potter, Adam, and the Speghetti Monster

Harry Potter, Adam, and the Speghetti Monster
"Sorry guys...you haven't seen a small metal ball with wings flapping around by chance, have you?""

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Dance!


"Shut up!  Dance it out!"

This cute little clip from Grey's Anatomy shows something that I've always thought---dancing and singing are very therapeutic.   Along with some recent experiences and books I've read, I'm now wondering if dancing and singing should be in any person's bag of tricks, especially a witch or shaman.

There's a reason witches are often portrayed laughing loudly laughing and dancing at midnight Sabbats.  There's a reason why shamans are often portrayed as dancing and singing as they bang a drum around a fire. Dance has always been a path towards ecstatic rituals.  It replenishes, it energizes, it relativizes problems.   It's a way of working things out.  It transforms.  It makes relaxation that much more satisfying.  It's powerful.

In modern European and American society, we restrict dancing to specific social circumstances (i.e. in a club).  We tend to think that letting go too much while dancing, even in some of the socially-approved circumstances for such is dangerous.  I've had some hesitations about dancing socially this past year.  I dance salsa, and had changed my style (on2 as opposed to on1) and struggled with keeping a consistent beat at times.  I've found this embarrassing and have sometimes refrained from dancing as a result, even in private.  This is of course a vicious cycle--you don't dance, you feel uncomfortable dancing, so you don't let go, so you don't dance well, and so on.    In retrospect, that's silly.  You don't have to do that.   It is true that dancing socially requires some consensus on the part of the people dancing together, so it is useful to find out what that consensus is and practice it. Even if you don't like dancing socially, dance alone and dance however you want.   Cut a rug in the bathroom at work.  Break it down when you're at home.  And don't be embarrassed about it, don't tell yourself you don't have rhythm or that you're clumsy.  It doesn't matter.  You only dance "wrong" if you don't enjoy it.   Look at these people; they've learned to enjoy it. 



Let go and move.  It'll make you feel better.

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