What is Dancing Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the ancient practice of noticing without judgment. The applications of mindfulness are various Whether it is used as a means to achieve higher spiritual growth, or as a path to more balanced living, there exist many ways to achieve it. Dancing Mindfulness, developed by Dr. Jamie Marich, a clinical counselor and expert in traumatic stress studies and spiritual issues, uses the art form of dance as the primary medium of discovering mindful awareness. By dancing through seven primary areas of mindfulness in motion – breath, sound, body, story, mind, spirit, and fusion (of all elements) – participants tap into their body’s own healing resources and realize that we all have a unique creativity waiting to be explored and expressed!
The dancing mindfulness practice is an expressive arts experience open to everyone regardless of previous experience with dance, yoga, music, meditation, or spiritual practice. The beauty of Dancing Mindfulness is that it is non-discriminatory and honors the invitation to “come as you are.” Dancing Mindfulness classes utilize various forms of music that are incorporated to create a welcoming, integrated contained space. In a typical Dancing Mindfulness class, participants will be able to realize the rhythmic qualities of their breathing and heartbeats; to discover the healing, lyrical properties in even the most simple movements; and quite literally, to be able to express their own, personal story through dance.
Dancing Mindfulness strives to honor the safety and integrity of each participant. We all have an inner dancer just waiting to come out, just as we are all capable of mindful awareness. Dancing Mindfulness is a community practice, not a clinical practice, although Dr. Silas draws on his expertise as a clinical psychologist to help create the safest dance practice possible within any given setting.
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