‘Are You Ready for New Beginnings? Renew and Reset through Embodied Somatic Dance’
Last weekend on December 4th we experienced a Total Solar
Eclipse. When this happens the sun, moon and the earth are in
alignment and the moon fully eclipses the light of the sun. The earth
is blanketed in utter darkness, bird and animals become
disorientated, and in astrological terms there is an energetic reset
for the planet and for us. This last eclipse also happened at the
last new moon of the year – a particularly powerful time,
signifying the end of a cycle and a time for us to grow with change.
Given the last couple of years we need to have this time of reset
and new beginnings for ourplanet and humanity; we need to trust that
we are held by a benevolence, a greater force and love beyond us, and
stay open with hope to receive. In these last few years, as an
individual and as a collective we have been tested, and there have
been many teachings. No matter what colour, culture, political
leanings, whether we are vaccinated or not, we are all Humans Being,
trying, striving, surviving and thriving, I hope.
It was a Saturday
morning in the UK last Dec 4th and around the time of the
eclipse I felt something visceral stir within me. Granted I was aware
of the auspicious time, and my week had been a little turbulent. I
was still, lying in bed, and I noticed the sun shining through my
window as I felt a definite internal shift in my body, a subtle
dropping down and a calming. Something releasing, a sense of lifting
and clearing; it was almost as if I could sense and see through a
veil of fog again.
In Taoist belief we
have to be harmonious with nature and the stirrings of the cosmos.
The Taoist way is to flow with the natural order of the universe.
Undoubtedly we are strongly affected by nature. For example during
the full moon, it’s gravitational pull on the earth can cause high
tides. Is it any wonder then, given our bodily make of 70% water,
that we can also feel the effects of full moon strongly; its
gravitational pull within us stirring and unsettling us? And let’s
not foget how the word ‘lunatic’ has historically derived from
the Latin ‘of the moon’ or ‘moonstruck.
Being a somatic
practitioner I may be more attuned to being sensitive to the inner
sensations of my body, but this is something we can all cultivate. We
all have the innate physical knowledge but sometimes we have
forgotten. Our lives are so filled with habitual routines and tasks
that take us from A to B, that we often don’t take time out for
quality pauses. Some of us don't even relax properly on holiday,
planning our itinerary and holiday ‘to do’ list. Mindfulness can
help to bring us back to the present moment, which is potent with
possibility, and where we are free of depression from dwelling on the
past, and anxiety and fears for our future.
When we bring this
mindfulness into movement in our bodies and allow that clarity and
presence to drop into the cells of our physical being, our energy
drops and settles. As we focus in on our physical bones, flesh and
sensations, the electrical frequencies in our brains change. Where
thought goes, energy flows. When we move, everything stirs and
shifts; seismic shifts in the body can open our mind to new thoughts
and feelings - we open up space for change. It is a two way body mind
dance. Factor in the equation of evocative music and we can be
transported to other worldly realms of existence.
And it all begins
with the breath. The movement of our breath in and out of our bodies,
through and into our cells. When we don’t judge or interpret and
let every sensation just be – there is a deeper knowing and
knowledge that arises that is precognitive, pre-cerebral. When we
move everything just is. In this presence of stillness our attention
can alter our small selves to merge with the bigger existence of who
we are and bigger questions arise of what we are here for? What can
we do? How can we serve?
The recent eclipse
signifies a new life cycle with new positive changes. If you are
ready to welcome in the new, then you may like to begin with emptying
your mind and dropping into your body.
If you would like to learn more about how movement and somatic dance can help you to create change in your life then get the free pdf: Click here
And join me in an upcoming pre – Xmas workshop:
Giving, Receiving and Celebrating
Monday 20th December 7- 9pm
Details and register here: https://www.niiodance.com/cour...
Look forward to moving together soon!
1 "In astrology, a solar eclipse can be something of a turning point — decisions made at this point can have long-lasting implications in the future." Leslie Hale, psychic astrologer of Keen.comhttps://www.express.co.uk/life-style/life/1371793/solar-eclipse-meaning-what-is-spiritual-meaning-eclipse-of-the-sun-evg