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My recent practice has been silky. Not the muscles and bones so much. In fact they have been balking, heavy or weary or sluggish. But despite my lack of physical vitality, connection to my body and movement has been richer than ever. I find it easy to watch the inside of my forehead as I move. I have no resistance, and that inner gaze quickly transports the initial recalcitrance in my limbs. Moving inside the meditative state is, currently, an imperative for me. Inside this deeper state, my perceptions are clean, precise, unhurried, surprisingly content — all qualities that have always been so difficult for me. Now it seems I begin there.

But this is coming about because I turned inside myself this fall. I turned toward my Path in my heart. Instead of leaving everything, I wanted to take this turn right in my own world, in my apartment, in my family, in my city, and in my teachings. It was an imperceptible inner motion which has very likely made no difference to those outside me. I haven’t had to abandon anything or to radically alter anything. But it is radically altering me.

During the NYC Intensive, someone made a comment about about feeling safe in my workshop. What came to me, and I spoke about it, was that Dancemeditation at its greatest depth reaches below personality, below early formations of ‘self’, and settles in the Unified Plane. This is where we all belong, where we are safe because we are not separate, and therefor cannot be obliterated or opposed. This is one of the qualities of One-ness. Of Unity. We are safe.

My daily practice doesn’t take me that deep, but the depth where I silkily move touches the edge of that black velvet. Brushes against it. Softly.

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    1. This posting really spoke to me for a number of reasons this time, but particularly about the ‘moving inward.’ I’ve been feeling this in myself, focusing on my own path and finding it easier and easier to ‘fall into’ meditation, easier to lead classes, easier to breathe and feel like I am who I am supposed to be, even if I don’t know where that will wind up.

      Someone in my Tuesday class mentioned how “safe” it always feels to be in Dancemeditation. I couldn’t explain why, I’ve just always accepted it. Thank you for defining the ‘why.’

      November 21, 2008
    2. Yes, safe, and also whole. Thank you for coming to Santa Cruz and that reminder.

      November 22, 2008
    3. Joanna Anastasi #

      It never occurred to me to use the word ‘safe’ with dance meditation practice. However, I typically feel judgment melt away (both internally and externally) and love fill the place of it. Not only a love going inward but outward (both solitary and with the group), it is freely given and is not forced. So I think ‘safe’ is a great way to describe what is going on.
      I am also in a period of deep meditation, finding my true inner voice and instinct coming through, which is giving me a great deal of confidence in making personal decisions and in my dealings with others.

      November 25, 2008
    4. Safety is what I felt at Fall Intensive. The space that was created gave me a feeling of womblike fertility, a place and state I could allow my sub-personalities to dance together until they dissolved into the dance and movement of creation. It’s the undercurrent of safety that has recently taken my practice to uncharted terrain, excavating the unknowable, giving it a voice without the restriction of language other than fluidity and eloquence of articulation.

      March 1, 2009

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