We live our lives on displayalways conscious of the possible reactions of others as we make ourchoices. Even our periodic rebellionsagainst the restrictions and facades that are part of our daily interactionsare calibrated against what others may feel and say about us. So often we are lumbering through livedisembodied and disconnected.
The philosophy behind the5Rhythms ® is authentic dance is essential to wholeness. When we dance the 5Rhythms® we use dance the wayour ancestors did. We dance to express;to release; to heal; to create community; to create ritual; and to call forth.
As we dance flowing, thefluid mistress where each movement we make flows directly into the next, weactively choose to move past judgment and self-consciousness to being. In flowing we create circular movements thatdo not have and end or a beginning.
We deepen our embodiment withthe second rhythm of staccato. When we dancestaccato, the spicy master of self-expression, we allow ourselves to be seen aswe are in that moment without artifice. We create movements that are clear and direct with a definite beginningand end.
In the third rhythm of Chaoswe shed skins. Chaos beckons ….invitingus to release…let go, let it all go….to shape-shift. The element of chaos is water. Our own electric waters wash away what nolonger serves us. Old patterns thatcover the authentic self are transformed.
The storm shifts in lyrical. We release letting go. We dance without any effort. We allow our natural patterns of moving to takeover knowing that we are enough and no special effort is required. We move in ways that feel good to the body.
In stillness the dance movesinside as we begin to create pauses in our movement. Since stillness is the natural order ofthings, all living things require time for rest (and hopefully reflection); weare able to deepen our self-acceptance and embodiment.