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It seems like a simple thing… taking a dance class.  I’m a dance teacher after all.  But up until last weekend, I hadn’t taken a class for myself, as a student, in at least five years.  Maybe more!  

And I’ve been noticing that as the time has ticked by, I’ve become more and more sedentary.  I’ve focused on the administrative side of my business, and I’ve been teaching less, moving my body less.  Not coincidentally, I’ve also been feeling more “stuck” than I have in years… increasingly so.

You know that feeling that you’re being called to do more?  Be more?  Live more?  Lately, it’s like I can hear the call, but I can’t make out the specifics.  I’ve felt a lack of focus, and I’ve been working away without a lot of clarity.

Marie Forleo says, “Clarity comes from engagement…”  I like to say, “Clarity comes from action.”  Or now, “Clarity comes from movement.”

When you really think about it, it’s common sense.  As you move, things become more clear.  You realize what works, what doesn’t work, what feels good, and what sucks.  You have a better idea of what you’d like to do next based on what you just did.  

When you’re sedentary, you’re not doing anything but thinking things through.  Should I, or shouldn’t I?  What if?  All kinds of confusing thoughts floating around in your head.  It can be exhausting!  

These are all things I know in my logical mind, things I’ve been trained to help my clients with, and still I was surprised at how the simple act of taking a dance class has propelled me forward.  I moved my body in ways I haven’t moved in years, and suddenly I feel a momentum that I haven’t felt in… yep, years.

Huh.  So simple, and yet so profound.  When you move your body, you move your life, too.  I just love that.  

I also love that I was reminded of this simple truth while in a hotel convention center in Branson, MO, of all places.  Completely unexpected.  Totally inspiring.

I think Brian J. White has it just about right:

“Don’t get bogged down with all the details of how it’s going to come together.  Just do the dishes and watch the momentum build.”

Somehow I don’t think he was just talking about doing the dishes.  🙂

XOXO,

1 Comment
  1. Rose says:

    I think about that a lot as we get older. Little kids run and dance and move crazy. I exercise but don’t really move like I would think makes your body feel more alive.

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