The children dance in prayerful gratitude

Dr. Cheryl Kasdorf shares below her experience at our Intro Mindful Movement Workshop:

“Summer of Dance” sounded just like what I have been looking for.  I used to enjoy dancing a lot:  free-style dance with friends, moving to music to express myself and interact with others.  I realize that I have not done that in years!  No excuses, I just wanted to start again. 

So, there I was.

I already had the intention for more fun and recreation when Cassie asked us to choose. 

After the Pleasure movement warm-up, I was ready to write while in the flow.  What came out were a series of phrases. 

Ana asked us to choose a few words to identify the feeling of the movement we were going to make up.  I ended up with a few lines, and took the first one to dance to.  After feeling so good with that free expression, I looked at the words I had written again. 

The lines I pulled out looked like a poem!  Then I looked at all the words I wrote and realized the whole thing was a poem – about the body and movement and pleasure. 

What a creative experience!  This was a testament to the essential connection between movement and a more enjoyable, creative life. 

That’s the life I desire, and thanks to the “Summer of Dance”, I am creating!”.

See Dr. Cheryl’s meme and poem below, her creation from our workshop:


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The children dance 
in prayerful gratitude,
Once you start you just can’t stop . . .
How I love to play! 
Let us play as we pray,
Let prayer be unceasing.
 
Dancing to music
free flow energy exchange
community interaction
exuberance, the effulgence of being!
 
Letting your light shine
fully incarnated –
Well done my little one.
Once you start you just can’t stop,
when the music moves you
you have no use for thinking.
 
Desire leads to movement
It’s a free flow, in the flow of Nature
In the groove, in the moment, 
in the present with gifts showering all around.

Playing, 
the body the attuned instrument 
How I love to play! 
Let us play as we pray, 
let prayer be unceasing,
 
Let God be incarnate in the world, 
let pleasure rule: 
the pleasure of the light, 
the pleasure of the day, the pleasure of the night
pleasure springing from deep inside to bless the wide world.
Let pleasure replace pain, 
let pleasure replace thinking, 
let pleasure rule!
 
Through movement of the body, 
the body receives pleasure.
When the body moves, the spirit moves – 
Spirit is 
the loving force behind movement.
When the body is attuned, the spirit willing, 
creation happens, 
light shines! 
The body is the instrument 
of the divine on earth 
for the flourishment of consciousness. 
 
Variety is the spice of life – 
take pleasure, be in variety, 
a variety of body parts move to pleasant music, 
music leads the body to move 
in attunement with the divine, 
as the love of God is manifest on earth, 
the children dance in prayerful gratitude, 
the love of God is firmly established on Earth 
through movement of the body.
 
The children dance 
in prayerful gratitude,
Once you start you just can’t stop . . .
How I love to play! 
Let us play as we pray,
Let prayer be unceasing.

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