Through my experience as an improvisational dancer, I have become increasingly embodied, learning to feel within myself moment to moment and watch what is arising. I have learned to pay close attention to the interrelationship of feelings, impulses, and thoughts, as well as to track the interconnection of the bodily systems, an entire world of aliveness within me. I have learned to allow my awareness to move within me, and to some extent, choose which impulse to act upon, rather than purely react. I am learning a new language of improvisational movement, a communication of waves or movement, both within myself and interconnecting me with all species, all life, within the sea of essence. Overtime, I have come to see life itself as an intricate and ever-surprising improvisational dance and that I am that dance.
Although I hadn’t read Thich Nhat Hanh’s Peace is Every Step, I became very intrigued with the concept implied by the title. As an improvisational movement and dance person, I have long been fascinated with how the foot contacts the earth, as well as how everyday movement can be an opportunity for awareness. Last Sunday as I was slowly moving by myself on the dance floor, I became aware of the interrelationship of the many bones in the foot.
THE ANATOMY OF THE HERE AND NOW
Body, True Nature, and Rejuvenation
a workshop or ongoing class
In my work, I have been inspired by the writings of Thich Nhat Hanh, as well as my own somatic experience and the wisdom of many other approaches, including Body-Mind Centering, the Diamond Approach and the Mother’s focus on the cells. I have created a series of exercises from conscious breathing to awareness of the body, centering in the hara, then beginning to move from that center into moment-to-moment improvisational dance. I have employed many of the meditations I have learned from Thich Nhat Hanh’s work together with my own somatic experience in grounding, movement meditation, and improvisational dance. Continue Reading ->