As you dance
Tapping your toes
To your own heartbeats
Life senses your rhythm
And waltzes along with you,
Life reflects itself through the things you do, the people you meet as well as in your passions and perseverances, in so many intriguing yet enthralling ways.
One such beautiful reflection I experienced in my travels earlier in France.
A sense of deja vu, a throwback to the fond memories of teaching dances to people in the different places, all thanks to the Dance & the magic of movements.
While visiting France I met my colleague from the world of dance, Celine Maheo who resides in Rennes
Celine is a practicing clinical psychologist and an Argentine tango dancer.
What’s beautiful is that she is a dedicated professional who uses the dance therapy for helping Parkinson’s patients with their movements through Tango dance sessions.
My interest was piqued, as earlier I had been conducting very similar dance sessions as well, especially remembered our Seniors Dance for Wellness workshops back in India.
So over a beautiful meet and greet sipping cups of hot herbal tea at the Les Grands Gamin at the heart of Rennes, ensued a free flowing conversation where we exchanged notes on each others life. Our passion for dancing was the visible to see as we hardly knew how moments passed by.
To dance is to sense connections beyond the dancing bodies.
To dance is to honour life and its unique expressions in the movements.Savvy Raj
And when Celine invited me to her next Tango Therapy Workshop, it was an offer I could not refuse. I was actually keen to understand whether and how the cultural differences change the way of conducting and experiencing workshops here.
Dancing can improve the mobility and balance in senior adults.
Adapting the dance to suit the requirements of the group, like simplifying the steps, the placement of the feet, improves their coordination, mobility and balance.
The dance session was deeply engrossing & truly inspiring to witness and participate as well. The music played that day stayed with me well after the session.
So the next step turned out to be me conducting a Chacha session for them. The challenges of language barriers were surrmounted easily as Celine offered to translate my teaching from English to French.
Everything fell in place beautifully and voila time flew again.We danced a bit of Chacha that day and also some more in the next few sessions as well. I was told later by the learners how much they enjoyed it!
It was an amazing experience sharing the joys of movements and I thank Celine for her inclusivity in requesting me to conduct the dance sessions as well. And I deeply appreciate all her beautiful learners that I met,connected and danced with. It was a truly warm and wonderful time spent with them all.
After the sessions we would gather together and discuss opening many facets of the learning and imbibing. It was a beautiful way of empathising and understanding each other.
Some of the beautiful souls I got to interact with in the few months I was there.
Dance has a way of soothing your entire being and bringing forth and connecting you with the depth of who you are. That is when dance begins to feel meaningful and transforms life.
The dance connects established, in those sessions is a beautiful memory etched in my heart, that I will cherish forever.
I chanced on these beautiful moments again as I found the photos I clicked back then and I decided to give them a little artistic effect.
All across the world April 29th every year is celebrated as International Dance Day, although every day is a great day to dance!
I dedicate this post to all my dance friends and colleagues and all the dance educators in the world who are making the world a better place, with every step in time.
Cymatics is a subset of modal vibrational phenomena.A form of sound therapy that is not applied through hearing, but by instruments that send audible sound waves directly into the body through the skin.
The term was coined by Hans Jenny, a Swiss follower of the philosophical school known as anthroposophy. Jenny published a book about the structure, dynamics, and effects of sound vibrations in 1967. Present-day cymatic therapy was largely developed by Sir Peter Guy Manners, an English medical doctor and osteopath, starting in the 1960s.Wikipedia
Here is a little more information on this positively inspiring vibrations in resonance
Healing power of Sound
When the patterns created by sounds
Imprints on the cells of our being
Intricately interweaving in our hearts
Music becomes applied medicine.
Science proves the possibilities
Of application of sound as therapy
In the right frequency & amplitude
In the cell repair and renewal
In our organs and tissues.
In non invasive and natural ways
There are cleansing and relaxing benefits.
Through our own voices or sounds of nature
Such is the healing power in the sound .
On song writing:
“We human beings are tuned such that we crave great melody and great lyrics. And if somebody writes a great song, it’s timeless that we as humans are going to feel something for that and there’s going to be a real appreciation.” -Art Garunkel
What is great music to you?
Is it the song how it sounds to you ?
Do you pay attention to the lyrics?
Sometimes great lyrics alone don’t make a great song,
And often great song has hardly any depth to its lyrics
So what are your favorite or evergreensongs the ones you listen to always?
What is it that makes it, to your favorite list?
How intuitive are you?
Do u sense the subtlety
In nature and its mystical ways
Of sending signs and symbols your way?
For you to understand perspectives
Beyond assumptions & notions
To create an insightful vision
Of the unfolding realms
Of the possibilities in the potential.
There is always a reason
Why you are gifted with intuitive intellect.
Consider ways to use it for goodwill
Think larger, widen your perspectives
For the world at large
Can you use this subtlety of knowing
And leave heartprints of Serendipity?
“The three R’s – reduce, reuse and recycle – all help to cut down on the amount of waste we throw away. They conserve natural resources, landfill space and energy. Plus, the three R’s save land and money communities must use to dispose of waste in landfills”
Positive change begins with us.
Every living being is making a difference to the environment in every moment. The question is how and in what way can it become sustainable.
With melting ice-caps, the collapse of vegetation and wildlife, and violent surges of hurricanes droughts and frequent wildfires are all concerns for our world.
And there is really not much difference in the apathy that is happening in the name of sustaining the future… only much similarity in the situation of corruption and deceit through politics of governing people whatever the part of the world we are living in.
Sustaining the world is each of our responsibility as we think of ways to nurture the earth and nourish souls.
It is time to take it upon ourselves to make a positive difference from wherever we are.
Reduce reuse and recycle … every tiny effort makes a better world!
Life can never thrive in suppression
Or in denial and disapproval.
Or control and criticism
Choose to appreciate and approve.
Let go of the nagging and niggles.
Let go of judgements, fear and worry
Life is in each of us just the same.
Nurture life to live.
Engage with it lovingly
Life can be beautiful!
Live and let live.
Between the then and the yet to come
Is the moment of now
Honour this space
The bygone is no longer the matter
The future is yet unknown
Be present in this moment
Of the infinite possibilities
For what is unfolding in this now
Life is truly here in this now.
In thoughts words and deeds
Attend to this space that is
Honour the beauty of the betwixt.
To life …. in all its dancing glory 🙂
To being all that one can be!
To changing & evolving for the better
To creating hope & possibilities
To exploring the seemingly impossible
To envisioning the capabilities
For life is best lived in expression
Of all that one can be!
So yes to life and living!
Life plays on, making us experience one moment after another. Every day our experiences in living life, can become our guide and compass.
Every failure can be a lesson to learn from and tread wisely with renewed perspectives. Every success can be an open door to more opportunities.
Life moves on
Pause to rest, recover
And replenish the self
But be in tandem with time
Dont get stuck in a time warp
Adapt with the changes
Move with grace along the way
Who knows, what’s awaiting
To greet you this next moment
Think well and live lovingly!
As a way of life
And it will become art.
An art that is tangible…
To sense like an artist
In the throes of creation.
For as you practice
In your passionate perseverance
Your soul is enriched
And your spirit shines
In its own truth.
“Art is for the heart from the heart with all your heart ….
Every move has a ripple
Every move is an effect
Everything is interconnected
Touch a life, plant a seed
Make a positive difference
Create a ripple effect
Across the heart of life and living
Creating impacts for a better tommorow
In every postive move you make.