If you're a little uptight and feeling stressed. Dance it out. I'm talking to everyone here, guys and gals!
Shut the door, put your headset on and move. You will feel rejuvenated. Let your feet do a little tap routine under the desk. Do a double step or two when taking out the garbage.
Dancing is proven to improve stress management and reduced psychological distress and has lasting effects
Dance is rhythm. Rhythmic movement increases energy and lowers anxiety levels.
Dance is definitely exercise. And along with the benefits of exercise it increases our confidence in how we move and the space we take up in the world.
Dance can be spontaneous, teaching us to trust our instincts and impulses.
Dance is often done as a community. Being around others who are also moving can decrease feelings of isolation. It can also support us in learning how to form healthy relations around wellness and common interests and fun.
Dance expressed our individuality. It helps us recognize, appreciate, and love the unique ways in which each we hear and respond to music.
Dance is every expression and everywhere. There is dance in each of us. How we navigate a shopping cart, or run up the stairs, or wave to a friend are all forms of movement unique to us. Movement can be dance.
Dance can empower us and provide a new lens through which to see the flow of everyday life.
Dance is language. As Martha Graham explained, self-expression has the power to point us in new directions in terms of thought and behavior. Learning new forms of creativity often enables us to non-verbally express emotions that could be challenging to share any other way.
I was fortunate enough to see Derek Hough, a two time Emmy winner, choreographer and dancer in concert. It was an evening of incredible dance and I watched not only the amazing performance on stage but I also watched the audience. When someone on stage leapt, the entire audience seemed to jut their chin forward as if adding their energy to the leap. When a Tango started, people sat up straighter and rolled their shoulders. Many from their seats in the audience were imitating micro movements of the people on stage. We were entranced and even in our microscopic ways, from our seats, we danced along. I've never seen a more happy and energized audience at the end of an evening.
Martha Graham, a well known pioneer of choreography, has said that dance is the hidden language of the soul. I believe her.
She also said:
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it.
It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. ... No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others”
― Martha Graham
I believe this applies to all action. Whether you are taking action toward the career of your dreams or an item on your bucket list, you're actions toward these things are uniquely you and therefore not open to comparison. So few in this world take action necessary to get clear about they want and then take concreate steps to attain it.
Working with a career/life coach supports you in getting out of your own way and on with taking the actions that create your best life.
Live the Life the Your Soul Intended.
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