If we take beauty as a constant, describing everything from flowers to trees to faces to dancing, we may wonder if beauty is really a distilling down, a reduction of add-ons, encumbrances and wasted effort.
Trees, plants and flowers all must bloom, die, shed and then grow again. It is a perpetual process of renewal. What is beautiful about this process is it all comes from an organic base where nothing else is added in each cycle. Only what is needed.
You may say, but what about all the stuff gardeners do to make flowers, plants and trees stay healthy – like fertilizers, water and sprays? That’s true and I like to compare that to our support system which includes dresses, makeup and hair, shoes, massages and whatnot that we do to accentuate our beautiful dancing.
I often use this idea as a way of illustrating to my husband that the renewal process is all around us in nature, so why shouldn’t it be a part of the way we, as humans live? In other words, the forgotten, dusty, broken items in the garage are begging to be cleared away and an empty space or new item in it’s place. (Still working on this!%&*!).
The same goes for dancing.
True, there is no dancing if there are no steps, no framework, no separate styles to inform our movement. This is what our ballroom teachers give us. But if we find obstacles as we rehearse for our comps/showcases, this paves the way for recognizing what is getting in the way, not needed, superfluous, whatever you want to call it.
This, along with my own ballroom dancing is my passion – helping people to uncover what is obstructing free movement and what to do about it once found. The solution is trusting that new thinking can change our muscular actions.
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