#reverb10 – Body Integration.
This year, when did you feel the most integrated with your body? Did you have a moment where there wasn’t mind and body, but simply a cohesive YOU, alive and present?
(Author: Patrick Reynolds — @patrickcantype)
My first reaction to Patrick’s prompt: dance. Much like many other reverbers who have talked about yoga, or running, I feel absolutely…alive…when I dance.
It’s that intersection of thinking and doing: beginners experience it for a few seconds or one measure—and it’s that one magical measure that keeps them coming back for more. As a dancer moves on the path to mastery, those measures couple to form moments, to form entire songs. And then there is that one night when every. single. dance. is free. Or it’s that one rehearsal in an empty dance studio when you feel like you’ve grazed every slat of wood on the floor, and the reflections of your dancing body in the floor-to-ceiling mirrors create a double vision of art.
When I dance—when I’m free—I create art with my body.
But dancing was not my only moment of integration.
It was a late afternoon in November and I thought the wind gusts were going to strip the Rocky Mountains right off the map. Absolutely. Crazy. Wind.
Just outside of Boulder, I decided to take a walk on a trail. I figured I could brave the downslope Chinook winds.
I got out of the car, and in one gasp the wind rushed into my lungs. In those couple of seconds that the wind replaced my own breath, I was buoyant. It felt like every organ, every muscle, every tissue was saturated with the chilly, fierce wind.
My mind was saturated, too.
As I leaned into the wind, it dawned on me that my life, too, was (is) changing in swirling, forceful ways. November was am intense and tumultuous month.
And like those experiences of freedom on the dance floor, I’m dancing into a certain freedom of my life. I’m reminding myself to return to that buoyant intersection of thinking and doing.