We had a visitor in class recently and her experience felt so profound I want to share it with you.
Cybil is a middle aged woman experiencing some life transitions that she neither expected, planned for, or desired. She is a pretty regular exerciser who has had relationship issues with food and weight for much of her life. While she does not think of herself as a “dancer” she studied dance for many years in her youth.
As Cybil was oriented to class the experienced movers offered her guidance: “you can’t make a mistake”, “your eyes can be open or closed”, “this time is just for you so play and explore your movement and body”, “you can watch us if that will help you”. I assured her that she could seek my feedback, if needed. She acknowledged us with a quiet “OK” that felt not quite comfortable though willing to go with the flow of the class.
As the music began to play she closed her eyes and embraced her breath only after watching the others a few moments. Her “dance” began slowly as she seemed to emerge like a butterfly from a safe and sheltered cocoon. Her expressions moved between smiles, tears, and frowns. She moved outward and then inward with body hugs that seemed to contain and soothe herself. She quickly looked and moved as if she had been participating in the class for sometime. This process is really so natural, especially in a community in which there is acceptance, love, and support.
After the class, she shared the discovery she would take with her. The peace she is seeking is within her. Her healing is dependent not on anything outside, but inside. She stated that she plans to continue this pattern of inward to discover her authentic paths and that felt reassuring to her.
We will cheer you on as you continue your inward journey of body and self discovery and healing.
Robin Okun, LMSW, is a coach, therapist, speaker and Founder of Mindful Movement, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Learn more about Robin at http://www.robinokun.com