Divided no more - Why dance and mindfulness is Helping adults embody mindfulness.
Music and dance is a skilful way to help people learn about their emotions. We use music to help people regulate emotions, work with their triggers in a playful aware way.
We can explore our windows of tolerance, build resiliency, self understanding to know where emotions live in the body and how we can use them to be creative. Above all I value the human capacity for play, we can loosen our minds by loosening our bodies, it is that simple.
A few images from our recent tour in Brazil - Moving to Learn Mindfulness
WHY MOVE TO LEARN MINDFULNESS?
Because meditation if not taught with skill and flexibility can lead to suffering. Meditation can be used to escape facing the pain in our lives. We can build fixed ideas about freedom that create judgements for ourselves and others.
Mindfulness is learning to include everything, increasing the capacity to meet the world as it arises in our knowing with kindness, interest, patience and love. We teach people to dance to learn mindfulness because the nature of our minds is movement, our senses are always moving, our bodies are moving, thinking emotions, everything is moving. Life and living involves change, it makes sense to train our minds and bodies to move well with change.
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.