The urge to dance with life
During Heart Month I’m doing a ‘first’ for Little Green Blog. Not only have I declared my intent to get fit and start juicing (Thanks to Philips for sending us their Avance juicer!), I’m inviting some very special guest writers to share their words with you.
You’ll read moving stories, have the opportunity to encourage them as they take on personal health and fitness challenge and learn tips and tricks for maintaining a healthy lifestyle yourself.
Kicking off is Lisa – a mother, tarot reader and astrologer based in north London. She enjoys dancing around the kitchen and spending time out in nature with her daughter. She sees patterns in everything, and blogs about them.
You know an idea is right when synchronicities start to build up around it. Just as I began to think about how to incorporate more exercise into my daily routine, I find out that February is heart month and that the Little Green blog is hosting a challenge. And so I listen to the universe, and get myself moving – literally. I need to dance more.
Before I got pregnant with my daughter a few years ago, I did two dance classes a week, and I loved it. I know that dancing nourishes me in a way that goes beyond physical exercise. Yoga does that too, and I manage to get to yoga class most weeks. But getting back to a dance class – just not happening. Not enough time, not enough energy, nothing local enough to make it work.
Let go and dance
I told myself that I didn’t miss dancing, that I could live without it. But the itch didn’t go away, even as I seemed to lose the ability. I would find myself trying too hard, feeling awkward, clumsy, like I was just flailing around and looking silly. Like dancing was not something I had been gaining in confidence at, had performed in public, had done purely for the love of it. And when life gets stressful, I still find that moving energy through the body is the best way to quieten the monkey mind and release tension.
Finding a teacher
Clearly, I need to find ways to bring dance back into my life. Luckily, I have the best possible teacher for this – a two year old daughter. She loves to dance, and has a better sense of rhythm than I’ll ever have. So the first step in my plan – I have reinstated mummy daughter dance time. I’ve found some new music for us (hurrah for internet radio!), and just let myself move to whatever the rhythm is, like my daughter does. And you know, something is already shifting. I have found myself remembering belly dance moves I thought had slipped out of muscle memory. I felt like I was actually dancing, not just flailing.
Now I need to build on this. So here is my plan -
- I will dig out and do my belly dance DVDs
- I will dance with my daughter as often as possible, preferably every day
- I will look in the library for some dance workout DVDs, for a bit of variety
- I might even consider getting zumba for the Wii (because the music on Wii dance is really not me, but I quite fancy the zumba)
I am determined to bring dance back into my life, not just because I need to get fit but because it brings me joy. And we all need more of that, right? I don’t just want to get my physical heart pumping, I want to nourish my soul, so that I can approach life whole-heartedly.