A few weeks into this new year, I am being challenged to stand on my own two feet, to keep moving with fortitude - and, equally, to round things out with a mindful measure of surrender, softness, silence, and sympathy for myself and others. This whole business is a never-ending process, according to wise ones throughout our history. But my attention to this challenge sure gets sharpened when I'm trying something new, walking an edge, and moving out of my comfort zone.
When I hear phrases like "edge walking" and "expanding beyond comfort zones" coming from someone else, a rather glamorous picture arrives in the dark theatre behind my eyes. I see empowerment, courage, daring, creativity, capability. I don't visualize the shakiness, tenderness, storms of doubt, and need for rest that tend to come with my vulnerability when I move beyond my usual borderlands, or move deeper into my questions and feelings about life.
So it goes. Looking on, from outside an experience, is wildly different from living right through that experience on the inside.
For me, 5Rhythms® practice is a beautiful place I can go to let these things sort themselves out, step by step, again and again. This moving meditation - this art form-in-action - is a sanctum where I can let life play out in my body, and my personal dance of question marks.
As this year settles in, I invite you to re-invent your investigation of life, experience the power of your body in motion, and ask and answer your own mysteries… perhaps on a 5Rhythms dance floor in Duncan.