Dynamic Meditation

Those of you who know me know that I practice yoga, if not consistently. I also try to meditate.  Key word sometimes being “try.”  For a person who prides herself on her deep thoughts, this can be especially difficult! 😉  But for those of you in the same boat, fear not.  Let me introduce you to something different.  Something with a little more action in it.

Dynamic meditation isn’t a new concept, but it is new to me.  I recently read an article about it.  An Indian spiritual leader, Osho, taught this practice, which involves reaching a meditative state through dance.  But keep in mind that you can’t simply dance and consider it meditation.  When you are aware of yourself, it is exercise.  Still good, but not spiritual.

“Forget the dancer, the center of the ego; become the dance. That is the meditation. Dance so deeply that you forget completely that ‘you’ are dancing and begin to feel that you are the dance. The division must disappear; then it becomes a meditation.” —Osho

I decided to give it a try, following the guided meditation offered in the article.  The instructions suggest that you can listen to music while doing this exercise.  As a beginner, I was grateful for that!  The music that I chose was quite uplifting, so it was relatively easy to develop my own body rhythms in response to what I was hearing.  Even so, I still felt an awareness of self.  But after a while, I noticed my movements getting bigger, becoming more fluid and a bit more daring.  Afterwards, I felt both energized and calm.

“With a mad dance, you begin to be aware of a silent point within you…”

I’m not sure that I reached a constant state of silence, but I know I glimpsed moments of it.

According to Osho, meditation doesn’t necessarily need to be a spiritual practice, either.  He believed that it could be used for self-realization or as a way of healing the mind and body.

Maybe it was the music I chose, but I certainly felt more empowered after my meditative dance.  So, in a way, I healed myself.

But what about healing others through the dance?  Is it possible to send good vibrations out into the world simply through moving our bodies dynamically?  I don’t have the answer to that.  But given the recent events in Paris and other parts of the world, I think it is worth a try.  Rather than feeling sad, scared, or powerless about a situation you can’t control, why not get up and move.  Offer your healing energy to the world and see what happens.  Let’s dance, dance, dance our way to personal empowerment, freedom and world peace!

“Remember: life is a rhythm between day and night, summer and winter. It is a continuous rhythm. Never stop anywhere! Be moving! And the bigger the swing, the deeper your experience will be.”  —Osho

 

 

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Postcard Art for Charity

postcard art for charity at #twitterartexhibit in Orlando

Here’s a look at some of the postcard art displayed at the #twitterartexhibit in Orlando.  All of these works have been donated from artists around the world to benefit The Center for Contemporary Dance, Special Needs Students.  Postcards are still available to purchase online until April 11th.  The postcards have a set price of $35 plus $7 for shipping and 100% of donations go to the above named charity.

My entry is posted on the bottom right, 4th one over at the top.  You can view and purchase it here.  You can also check out other amazing postcard art for purchase.  See my previous post for further details.

#twitterartexhibit 2014 in Orlando

hand-dyed paper, collage, and ink

I’m very excited to introduce a new piece of art that will be part of an international group art exhibition in Orlando, FL this year.  This show features postcard art from all over the world and will benefit The Center for Contemporary Dance, Special Needs Students.  It runs from March 20 – April 11, 2014.  You can check out the awesome entries online.

Although there is no theme, some people chose to honor the art of dance.  I originally titled my piece Japanese Fans.  But do you notice anything special about the fans?  First of all, they’re all cut from different paper, symbolizing the unique identify of each individual.  What about the placement of the fans on the postcard?  Do you feel a sense of movement?  Like they might just dance off the page?  I hope so!  That’s why I decided to rename them Dancing Japanese Fans.  But for the exhibition, they will be labeled with the original title.  That way the message will be open for viewers to interpret.  Whatever people take away from the piece is fine, but I hope they will see that despite our differences in appearance and ability, we are all united by dance 🙂 

As to the process, I wanted to reflect my connection to and affinity for Japanese culture.  The fan shapes were cut from papers that I hand-dyed myself using liquid watercolor and a Japanese folding technique.  Then I created a collage with the fans and added ink as a final touch.  Voila!

The Japanese Fan Dance has been around for centuries.  Although the fans originally represented high social status, they now symbolize friendship and are often exchanged as signs of good will and respect for one another.    

Japanese fans are considered highly symbolic, with the handle of the fan representing birth and the blades symbolizing many possible paths in life.  What path will you take in life?  Will you hide behind your fan?  Consider letting your unique self show and maybe even dance!