Day 2- Breath work is involved in all kinds of spiritual practices and especially in any kind of movement-which when it comes to practicing embodiment, can be very spiritual. When dancing, or meditating, or doing yoga, we are reminded to breathe, to inhale and exhale and be conscious of this. Let me tell you, there ain't nothing harder than trying to breathe INTENTIONALLY while moving and doing something that either I haven't done in a long time or have never done before lol. Reality for many of us is that the breath is something we don't think about regularly. We just breathe and expect to live. We move and we sleep and we breathe. How often do you just sit and think about breathing? It has become something that I practice intentionally but it I didn't always. I breath with intention during yoga or dancing-which is the practice I want to share today. Movement of any kind brings presence to the body and attention to the breathe. It raises the vibration and it increasing the blood flow in the body. I can not help but be moved spiritually and emotionally when I dance.
Here's an activity I do to practice presence in my body- I DANCE! If I am feeling low in spirit, or angry, or even sad, I find a song that inspires me to move! I also move with out inspiration from feelings because being present in my body is something that I practice to keep my spirit up and my vibration up. I can always tell when I need to move my body. I have grown to listen to and pay attention to the difference in my body when I haven't moved in a while. I use slow and melodic music as well as fast and rhythmic music, depends on what I feel led to do. I worship my ancestors and the spirit of the Most High by dancing. I channel my own ashe (Yoruba word that translates to "life force") by dancing. I turn on what I feel led to listen and move to and I move. Sometimes it's intentional moves (i love the songs with directions-yes I do!) or I free style and just move my body whatever way the spirit moves me. Sometimes i do interpretive dance and other times I just dance. All dance bring consciousness to my body and the way it moves, to my breathe and how much more air I have to take-in in order to breath. Im not being specific about what I do because truly, I am never specific about this unless i feel led to dance for others in order to minister which I love doing! Think about how the energy in a room changes when someone is dancing. Think about how it feels to be riding in a car with friends dancing (sitting down) but singing and moving and snapping your fingers. That feeling INSIDE is the spirit. This spiritual practice is one that I cherish and one that I do often and in various ways and settings. Remember by definition embodiment is the act of investing (a spiritual entity) with a body or with bodily form; to render incarnate. Dancing is one of my favorite embodiment practices.
Do you have a similar practice? Do you move your body? Do you do performance based movement? Do you plan to do this practice or some variation of it? Share your personal embodiment practice below so that others can gain from it as well. Share how it feels to be present in your body. Share your thoughts on embodiment or just think on this and move on. Either way, I wish you blessings and light on your journey!
Join me for Day 3 tomorrow. The theme will be Nature. ♥