“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance” – Alan Watts
I have learnt how to dance. How to really dance. That everything is a dance and your environment is your stage, both internal and external.
How do you chose to perform?
Honour the dance. Remain fluid as it shows you new ways to move and new ways to engage (and disengage). Free yourself of old patterns and movements, step away from forcing over and over the same choreographed routine. Be organic, allow the dance to evolve you.
When others enter your space you begin a dance with them too. You invite them into your improvisation, you give them the power to influence your movements. Even when they leave the stage the dance may not be over. You can have multiple dancers or even groups who can leave and re-enter the space at different times. Some dances will last for years, others for just a few minutes. But the length of the dance does not matter.
Never stay in a dance where you are not wanted. Do not force an engagement.
If a dance hurts you, feel the hurt, dance the hurt and then break away. Remember that you are not only the dancer but also the dance, and you have the power to change its direction whenever you please.
Know that there will always be other dancers. That everyone is a dancer, and you have endless possibilites for engagement.
Appreciate that everyone is dancing their own dance, their own movements and their own patterns, even if they do not realise it.
Make time to dance alone. Make time to dance small, and make time to dance slow. Bring yourself back to basics.
Honour the space. Know that the space is both holding you and being held by you. Allow yourself to unfold in all the ways the space asks of you.
Take time to reflect on the dance. What have you learnt? Where are the other dancers? How do you move now? How is your space (internal and external)?
You are a dancer of the divine, powerful beyond your recognition. Dance, play, feel. Test the other dancers, see how well they move. Create magic on your stage, your own magic. Never limit your dance, allow it to take you, excite you, consume you. Allow it to exhaust you, and then start all over again.
This is how you learn to control the dance. How you learn that life is a dance, and you are the dancer, the dance itself and the observer.