Divided no more - Why dance and mindfulness is rocking the world.
I was recently invited to Brazil to share this pioneering work of dance and mindfulness. For some 15 years I have been studying universal pathways of meditation to the purpose of finding a refuge primarily for the generation coming forth. Refuge to me has something to do with helping people discover a sense of belonging, realising ones interconnectedness, maturing the being with resources to embody emotional intelligence, to honour the gold in grief and sorrow, to find ones voice and place to stand in the face of radical impermanence. These are classic motifs of the hero/heroine journey. What is new is weaving the resources of refuge (mindful awareness) with conscious embodied dance.
We bring forth a world according to our structure, this structure is our living breathing body and it has been demonstrating its vast intelligence for a very long time. Yet as humans our experience, the world we bring forth, is fragmented. We see dimly, partially, shaped by conditionings, agendas of an unconscious mind. The hypothesis is our ability to function well has much to do with our willingness to let go of what we think we know and enter the ever-fresh movement of each moment, a surrendering into the integrated whole of the “not knowing” depth mind. As Nick Cave writes in Transformations;
“In the end, I’m not interested in that which I fully understand. The words I have written over the years are just a veneer. There are truths that lie between the surface of the words. Truths that rise up without warning like the humps of a sea monster and then disappear.”
This work of evolution dance is finding a way to tempt the depth to the surface. To create a spaces where transformation occur through our bodies in movement.
We work directly with the body and the power of music in a way that brings empowerment. The aspiration is to heal the fragment that can exist between body and mind, head and heart, public and private, stillness and movement. We can never control the music of life, but we can learn to move well.
Working through the body we find a way to move and include all the dimensions of being, the light, the shadow, the paradoxes. Open Floor practice teaches how to show up, to claim your birthright as an awake, mature human being capable of love. Research shows that people who dance grow to be more flexible, confident and capable of intimacy…Dance allows us to become nimble in the face of change.
About Open Floor Movement
Open Floor Movement Practice is a lively, sweaty, full-on dance inquiry:
- How can we move and include it all – feelings, other people, thoughts, wild passions, limitations?
- Can we use movement to soften the tight spots in our tender hearts and stretch our capacity for relationship?
- What happens if we turn old repetitive thoughts into choreography for creative dances?
There's an essential movement language we all speak when we take these questions to the dance floor. We call on universal elements that are inherent in any moving body, such as breath, gravity, centering, expansion and contraction. This is the common ground that all embodiment practices share.
Open Floor is where the rubber meets the road – a place for creative focus and loving attention.
Since the beginning of time human beings have gathered to dance. Mindful movement is surging all over the planet because it's good for us. People who dance regularly have keener minds, greater emotional intelligence, and a calmer presence. Connection, compassion, and communities grow. In this challenging world, common sense tells us to spend time dancing.
The ripple effect is inescapable. One dance can change someone’s day, one act of kindness can inspire a whole community. Students often leave a session able to bring a more generous presence out into the world. We dedicate our work to the common good, to the benefit of all beings.
Common ground. Common sense. Common good.
This is what we cultivate on the Open Floor.