Awakening to the Dance
Dance is the metaphor I use for our spiritual journey through life, for it has always been at the center of who I am. All life dances: the wind, the seasons, the stars and humanity. We are all One. I invite you to share this journey inward as we awaken to who we really are. I hope that the thoughts and questions that arise in my life and the posts in this blog will inspire you. Please comment and join the conversation. Peace, love, and joy to you all.
To live is to dance, to dance is to live.” Snoopy
“For dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of all the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself. It is the only art, as Rahel Varnhagen said, of which we ourselves are the stuff.” Havelock Ellis, The Dance of Life
I am an ex-high school English teacher and modern dancer who writes and teaches workshops on releasing your fear. As part of my spiritual journey, I have explored Buddhism, Christianity, Unity, Science of Mind, Chakra Balancing and anything valuable that shows up. As an eclectic thinker and life-long learner, I write inspirational essays and educational comment, and have written a spiritual memoir Awakening to the Dance: A Journey to Wholeness. I love the fine arts, especially dance since I danced with a company in the 1970’s and taught modern dance for half my life. Dance has always been a spiritual as well as physical practice for me. As a high school teacher, I worked with students from diverse cultures, especially Native American and African-American, and I love to learn about different cultures. I read fiction and spiritual books, hike and commune with Nature, and have conversations with friends over good food.
Hi! I love how informative and great your articles are. Can you recommend any other Spiritual Awakening blogs that go over the same topics? Thanks a lot!
I’m so glad you enjoy my blog posts. I’m afraid I haven’t followed other similar writers lately. Good luck finding some others you also like.
Hi Georgeanne. Thanks for reaching out and visiting my blog. I’m glad you found beauty there and love your grounded wisdom from dance and nature. blessings, Brad
I love this metaphor. I like the part about life becoming the stuff. That is how life is for me.
I look forward to reading more. I just found your blog as it popped up on suggested blogs I might like.
Glad it did 🙂
Georgeanne, thank you for stopping and following my blog today. I look forward to reading your poetry and other writings as we journey along together. You impress with the eclectic background as a teacher, learner, and person.
sometimes when I am feeling especially connected to nature I feel moved to dance. When I do it seems as though I align myself with powerful forces and allow myself to become inspired by them’………..
I love your thoughts and inspiring articles, it is a pleasure to have you share your gifts among all. Thank you. I have nominated you for Blog of the Year 2012, please visit http://arganesh3.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/blog-of-the-year-2012/. Congratulations!!!
Be well, Ganesh
Thank you so much for choosing my blog. I am very pleased to discover yours and am inspired by the beautiful pictures and wise words. We are All One.
Of course, what a splendid site and informative posts, I surely will bookmark your site.All the Best!
I discovered this on yahoo and checked a few of your older blogs. Great writing. I just added your site to my GoogleReader. I’ll be keeping up with the site!
Great read! Thanks!
gifting you with a Sunshine Award…thanks…
Thanks so much. I’ve already received it and just haven’t had time to get it put up on my blog because I’m working on putting my book into a paperback. So nice of you to think of me. Namaste
Hey there, I just hopped over to your web-site using StumbleUpon. Not somthing I might typically read, but I enjoyed your thoughts none the less. Thank you for making some thing worthy of reading.
I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award: http://bluegrassnotes.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/versatile-blogger-award-and-sunshine-award-yeah/
Thank you so much! I do have your blog listed on my site as one of the links I like. I continue to enjoy reading your thoughts. Georganne
What an amazing exciting time we are living in. We have no idea what is coming next but it will be for the good and be wonderful . That was you and I have been thinking that way for a few years knowing that this was coming. My intellect knew it, my body and heart knew it I was/am fearful of it, and yet I welcome it. This financial collapse (whatever that looks like), is/will be the best thing that has ever happened and needs to happen for our society.It is the only way to get past the capitalistic greed and individualism. The Lotus Sutra, from the Buddha: The Lotus Sutra is a scripture that shows its true brilliance in periods of great transition . . . In India in Shakyamuni’s time, the growth of cities was leading to a transcendence of old tribal divisions and to a new age in which people would live together in new, symbiotic relationships. It was a time of great intellectual confusion, with people teaching everything from pure materialism to hedonism, to asceticism. Against that background, Shakyamuni taught new principles of integration to unify humanity in this period of great change, and the Lotus Sutra is the living essence of that teaching.The Lotus Sutra has the drama of fighting for justice against evil. It has a warmth that comforts the weary. It has a vibrant, pulsing courage that drives away fear. It has a chorus of joy at attaining absolute freedom throughout the three existences of past, present and future. It has the soaring flight of liberty. It has brilliant light, flowers, greenery, music, paintings, vivid stories. It offers unsurpassed lessons on psychology, the workings of the human heart, lessons on life, lessons on happiness and lessons on peace. It maps out the basic rules for good health. It awakens us to the universal truth that a change in our heart, or attitude, can transform everything. It is neither the parched desert of individualism nor the prison of totalitarianism; it has the power to manifest a pure land of compassion, in which people complement and encourage each other.I believe this is your attitude and it is mine and it is growing..so I just wanted you to know that it was synchronistic for me to hear your voice as it moved me with more confidence, love, and compassion and, oh yeah, gratitude and effort to progress on this amanizg path.
Thank you for your wise words and sharing about the Lotus Sutra. There are so many ways we can learn.
Hi Georganne, I have just awarded you the Liebster blog award. I love your blog and your writing!
Thank you, Dimitie, I’m very honored and I love the idea of passing it on to others. I find your writing very interesting too.
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I”m a member of Jubilee and was inspired by your reading on Sunday about your time in New Mexico. Thank you for sharing that.
I, too, have lived in the Land of Enchantment (Taos/Santa Fe), am a fellow writer, and felt moved to share with you a piece I wrote about my time in NM, which shares a few of the themes you highlighted in your Sunday talk. Hope you won’t mind my sending it along (below), though it may be a bit more than your message box here is used to accommodating.
Thanks again for your lovely piece on Sunday.
Gregg Levoy is the author of Callings: Finding and Following An Authentic Life (Random House) and This Business of Writing (Writer’s Digest Books). His articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Psychology Today, Omni and many others. A former adjunct professor of journalism at the University of New Mexico, he currently lives in Asheville. NC.