“We dance to reclaim our brilliant ability to disappear in something bigger, something safe, a space without a critic or a judge or an analyst.” Gabrielle Roth
Chaos. The very word triggers a flinch. Something that every individual has experienced and sometimes negatively resulting in bad stress. Unfortunately, this can then infringe on our health and happiness. This weekend at a 5rhythms dance workshop, I came to the realization that we can also use chaos to help us let go. The best example of which I accomplished while dancing: a chaos like no other.
The definition of chaos is complete disorder, unpredictability. So it should not be a surprise that when you express your movements to a simple beating drum or a recorded song, you are living chaotically in the moment. Letting your body surrender, going with the flow of the song.
What this really means is that it helps us live in the moment. Mindful of the energy coursing through our bodies. A mindfulness that represents not the past (which can sometime depress us), not the future (which can sometimes make us anxious), but the present moment we are in.
In fact, many people unwind differently. The point of it all is the same. To find a release by being mindful of the present and somehow creating a calm center — a grounded self. By practicing this in the things we enjoy on the weekends, we can also apply this to everyday life. Remind yourself, when a chaotic week comes to an end, to focus on the present of what you are doing. There is nothing more you can do then what you are doing at this very moment.