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Remember, You are a Cosmic Dancer!


If you are like me, I feel like I have been standing at the edge of an angry ocean and have been knocked over by giant, unexpected “sneaker” waves since Covid began a year and a half ago. Some have been created by the collective news of yet another tragic story and others by personal events in my immediate world. Another way I envision it is that I have been in a dryer with heavy rocks where periodically the dryer gets turned off, but then just as I am getting reoriented, someone comes by and turns it on it again. Needless to say, I am feeling emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually bruised and bloodied. And unfortunately, there is no end in sight.

I have been scrambling to build my internal resilience and stabilize my emotional foundation in every way I can. Some of those resources include healthy practices like sleeping when I feel the need (naps are my go-to when I am feeling overwhelmed) and others are questionable but necessary for now (my regular glass-or two-of wine). Some involve distraction like watching a fun series on Netflix and others involve focusing on creative and spiritual practices that soothe and sustain me. Choosing to find joy and pleasure in little things and understanding what I do and don’t have control over have been vital. I have also pondered what my needs are and where I want to put my energy and been very discerning in how I spend my energy and with whom.

The most challenging practice I have attempted is to quiet my chattering “monkey mind” that amplifies fears and worries and to stay present to my feelings. I am learning to check in when I am emotionally reactive and ask my body, “Where do I feel that?”. I then place my hand over the area, if possible, and breathe and witness the sensation. I cry if needed, dance it out, stomp on bubble wrap, rock myself…whatever will help to express, not repress, the feeling. And most importantly, I try to not make a story up in my mind about what I am feeling. Little by little, I am learning that this intensity will pass and that to be mindful and responsive instead of reactive is healthier for me and others.

How emotionally connected are you to what is unfolding for you daily? And what do you do to self-soothe? Who is on your support team? Do you know where your Soul needs to go to rest? Or what makes your heart sing? Are you writing yourself a permission slip to not be as productive perhaps or to indulge yourself or to lower your expectations and the volume on the voice of your “Inner Critic” (mine is named Pickle Puss Patty)? And are you willing to invite joy and pleasure in, no matter what is going on? Remember that YOU are a Cosmic Dancer and that being present to the moment and the joy it might bring is the best medicine of all.

I sometimes forget

that I was created for Joy.


My mind is too busy.

My Heart is too heavy

for me to remember

that I have been

called to dance

the Sacred dance of life.


I was created to smile

To Love

To be lifted up

And to lift others up.


O' Sacred One

Untangle my feet

from all that ensnares.

Free my soul.

That we might

Dance

and that our dancing

might be contagious.


~Hafiz



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