Ecstatic or trance dance is one of my favorite total awareness workouts. The most important advice is to trust the process. Let the process unfold organically. You may experience yourself as spaceless and timeless.
It doesn’t require a great deal of space, since the dance largely happens within. Although, if you have more room, you become more expansive in your movements, and get the juices flowing more quickly. It’s all good.
This entire process can go up to 30 minutes and beyond. When I’m sweating—or “sweating my prayers,” as Gabrielle Roth, founder of the 5Rythmns (5rhythms.com) method, is known to say —I know that I’ve arrived. It really is pure ecstasy. Footnote here: I highly encourage you to visit Gabrielle's website and YouTube channel to study her method. It's the best medicine for whatever ails you.
When the music ends, take several minutes to be still and integrate your experience. This can be the ultimate meditation in motion for any of us. Dance is one of the most playful ways to connect with Spirit.
Anyone can dance. There's no right or wrong way to do it—it's just natural, organic movement. Our bodies love to move, they're meant to move. Just like the Sufi whirling dervishes, you swirl, chant, and channel as you dance your way to ecstasy. Turn on your favorite music, close your eyes, and let Spirit move you. Let your inner dancer come out and play. I dare you!
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