Dancing Through Sadness

For several hours, I moped around like Eeyore. Thoughts like a broken record circled my mind, it seemed the sadness and grief that gripped my heart would surely cause it to cease pumping.

The backstory could have been anyone’s. Yet what I did next may seem novel. I played sappy love songs to pull out the pain. Then, I got up from the couch, rather reluctantly, and began to tap one foot. My heart was tired of the weight of the sadness and knew dancing would help. It just took my mind and body a song or two to thaw out.

After 20 minutes of increasing movement, I had gone from toe tapping to boody-shakin’ and arms-in-the-air full body dancing. This is the best part: my heart, mind and body all felt light again and literally after 20 minutes. Now I’m asking myself, “What took you so long to shake and move it?” 😉

I wish I could take credit for the idea behind this, but it is not my own. Several months back during a session with my life coach, Sam, she suggested that I dance every day until our next session. While initially reluctant yet receptive, dancing became a necessity that got me through some rather tough emotional times.

While my regimen has fallen back to several times a week, it was so helpful to keep me more even-keeled when I danced a daily basis…

I strongly encourage everyone to find a favorite tune and shake it out. Happy or sad. Angry or not. It can be immediately mood altering and uplifting. Given time, it becomes life altering.

Namaste

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    1. This is so fascinating! Where would you recommend that I begin? Early on, I definitely felt like an Eagle Dancer and at other times felt like I was in a Celtic circle with others. My mind is blown! I feel like I have a Roth book, but don’t recall which title I have… any launching suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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      1. How exciting- I’m so glad I went to the effort of getting the link haha! You can click on that to find classes near you- there are several books you can read, and you can also watch her talking on YouTube, just Google Gabrielle Roth 5Rythms. She died a few years ago now, but thousands of people go to weekly classes all around the world, so you’ll be in good company. She wrote Maps to Ecstasy, and Sweat your Prayers, as starters; you could probably find at your library, or order them. But a real life pumping class is best xOO

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  1. So true Tiffany. I miss my Zumba, that always released a lot of energy and tension, looking forward to starting it up again soon. Shaking our bodies to music is absolutely therapeutic. Hope you’re well. 💕

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