Ancient Meditation Practice
Movement meditation (also called conscious or ecstatic dance) is an ancient practice that has been revered as a way to meditate, evoke visionary experience, and connect with spirit and nature. It is a powerful tool for healing.
Movement meditation helps restore the vital flow of energy in the body and recover lost parts of the soul in the process. By moving our bodies we are able to connect to and move the soul. We access spirit as this soul or true essence, moving, and in action. We are each a moving meditation and our dance is a reminder of the medicine we hold in our hearts, minds and bodies. When we dance, we connect to this power and the medicine moves and is moved by us!
We start the dance by grounding, feeling the Earth supporting us beneath our feet. We strengthen ourselves within this support. Begin by dropping the attention into the feet, noticing sensations and inviting the feet to move in whatever way feels good.
Movement Meditation is often a wave of motion, up and down the body, carrying vibrations and energy from the Earth, feet, ankles, calves, knees, thighs and hips to our very finger tips, in and out. We feel the connections we have to ourselves, to others, to a community, and to the universe. Vinn Marti calls each of these a dance: Dance Intimate, Dance Communion, Dance Community, and Dance Infinite.
The dance is deepened and expanded with music as well as silence. To a beat, we are inspired to feel the energy rise from our feet, into our knees and hips. Music inspires us to express our unique dance. It can also challenge us to grow and expand.
We explore the shapes our body takes in anger, fear, sadness, joy, and surprise. How does our body respond, how do we feel, what do we see, and what do we think? These are our patterns. The patterns that protect us and also keep us from becoming more.
Through movement meditation, we find our core, our center, the essence of who we are and what our purpose is, despite the distractions and perceptions. The movement is the medicine. Our ancestors, our lineage, and our roots are our guides.
Shaking our entire body, the legs, arms and head is one way to release. Bradford Keeney describes the Shaking Medicine of the San Bushmen of Botswana, Africa in his book Shaking Medicine. He says,
“We enter the healing and transformative experiences of the shaking body. Here we find ourselves, maybe for the first time, in the kindergarten of ecstatic wisdom…We experiment with giving up control.”
We let go of our bodies to release and withdraw patterns that no longer serve us. We make room for more subtle and yet distinct rhythms…new patterns. And, as we let our old patterns dissolve, we become like a river dissolving into the ocean. Movement meditation opens our awareness so we can become more than any one rhythm, pattern, wave or energy. The music slows, and we relax into the mystery – awake and connected.
Personal Movement Meditation Sessions
Movement meditation becomes a source of personal discovery, wonder, and healing. As we practice over time, we fill our bodies more fully, feel our emotions more fluidly, and think with more clarity. We practice being ourselves and are inspired to live our lives with more joy and grace.
Private movement meditation sessions are available to anyone with a willingness to move and be moved. Whether you are curious to try movement meditation as a beginner or choose to dive deeper – the dance holds all.
In the modern world, many of us live a stationary life with a very active mind. In places such as Botswana, Africa where the San Bushmen practice ecstatic dance weekly, the body gets to be active, and the mind can settle down.
Movement meditation is one of the best ways I’ve experienced to increase energy in the body and at the same time, focus the mind and express the heart! By allowing the body to move in a self-directed way we re-discover our inherent wild wisdom.
Contact Julie to set up a personal movement meditation session in person, over the phone or online.
Community Movement Meditation Sessions
If you happen to be in Hilo, Hawaii on the Big Island we welcome you to our SUNDAY SHUFFLE community ecstatic dance every 2nd Sunday of the month! The warm up starts at 9:45 am and we dance until 11:30 am. We dance at Hilo Shala, 2nd floor ballroom of the Kaikodo Building, 64 Keawe St.
No experience is necessary! All Hearts are Welcome! $10-$15 suggested offering
Other Community Dances we Love
Arizona, Prescott – Community Sol Dance