Practices such as Passion Dance are often done in the company
of others, and in fact Passion Dance embraces the opportunities
provided by a group setting to model a healthy community. Meditative
movement encompasses three ways of responding to the presence
- Acknowledging without engagement. In the same way that in
sitting meditation we allow feelings, thoughts, and external
distractions to pass by, it is often very useful to spend some
time focusing on our inner landscape and our own physical being
to the exclusion of others around us.
In Passion Dance, each
journey begins in this way; we close our eyes and move in place
to reconnect our body, mind, and spirit. We are reminded of
the totality of our being, and of the rightful boundary between
ourselves and the outside world. Define the players clearly:
I, this dancer, and not I, the environment; other beings and
things with which I can choose my relationship.
- Playing together.
We can maintain an awareness of ourselves, and see how another
person affects and is affected by our presence. Dance with
someone---play, enjoy, experiment. Notice their movement; follow
it, counter it, complement it; do what feels good, and if nothing
feels quite right or you simply feel complete, move on. Continue
your dance apart from them.
This is not an intellectual exercise;
conscious analysis and decisions are largely unnecessary, as
the felt sense of your experience will tell you what to do.
In our dance, as in life, we interact with others but remain
present with ourselves; we allow a felt sense to form in the
presence of another and let it guide our interactions.
In Passion Dance, we form an energy circle with one person
in the middle dancing and all of us amplifying their energy.
Perhaps someone enters the circle jumping and shouting for
joy, or moving their hips like a bellydancer with excitement
and sensuality. Those of us on the outside of the circle follow
and amplify. When we allow another person's energy to resonate
and merge with our own, both of us are energized.
If You Don't Dance Your Passion,
Passion Dance training covers holistic fitness foundations: integrating conscious movement with mind, body, feelings, yoga, breath, meditation and prana.