A Q&A from a male ongoing student on dance as a practice:
Thanks for the call today.
Can you give me more insight into why you chose a dance practice for me?
And would you recommend I only do this practice every day, or do it only when I feel inspired?
Here are some of the possible effects of regular dance practice (not exhaustive):
- Body awareness.
- A broadening of your horizons in terms of your own sense of yourself (otherwise know as ‘lightening up’).
- Discipline (doing it when it feels good and when it doesn’t feel good, aka viscerally experiencing your resistances).
- Insights into the effects of movement on your mood, creativity, and cognitive function.
- Insights around habit forces (hint: the forces that comprise ‘you’)
You can’t figure these things out just by thinking about them (packing them from the cognitive into the somatic). They’ll arise from the somatic and suffuse the cognitive without a need for intention, by way of regular practice (regular practice eventually exhausts all cognitive structures anyway).
The first encounters in practice are with Mr Mundane and Sir Boredom – these are the stubborn gatekeepers to a vast realm of possibility.
Regarding your second question, the more potent method is to dance every day. As you reported in our call, it *is* more confronting. At first the primary confrontations are with Mr Mundane and Sir Boredom – these are the stubborn gatekeepers to a vast realm of possibility. If these confrontations prove too challenging then dilute the potency by reducing the time spent dancing.
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