Definition – make forceful or violent efforts to get free of restraint or constriction.
We don’t often think about the word struggle in a positive light. When a salmon swims upstream to deposit its eggs it is so the cycle of life can continue. Are you struggling to free yourself from old patterns and behaviors? Within struggle lies the seeds of new life.
This article was originally posted to my now defunct yogagirl’s blog on March 24th.
This is a post about making fear your friend. If not your friend, at least acknowledging fears existence. We live in a world inundated by fear. We can not escape its presence on the planet. My habit has been to ignore fear, battle fear or try to will it away. None of those practices actually eliminates fear – quite the opposite. It gives fear more power.
Today I used dance as a way to hold space for myself and my fears. I have always been too afraid to do this. If I looked at my fears too closely I feared they would consume me and I would be lost. This was powerful for me as it gave me a tool to move it out of my body without the battle of wills I have engaged in the past.
I talked to my fear. I let it know it was o.k. that it was there. Something I would have never done before. As I danced I felt my body shift out its rigid strangle hold that fear wraps me in. My limbs became loose and buoyant. I felt free.
Fear will undoubtedly come back but I know how to engage it now. I know how to speak to it through dance. Last weekend I went to a place called Dance Church here in Minneapolis. The woman who held space for us dancers asked everyone to let the dance be the conversation. I loved that imagery of speaking through my bodies relationship to the music. It gave me permission to converse not so much with the other dancers but with me. Who am I if I don’t talk to my own soul?
Read here about my 21 day dance journey to heal life long body image issues.