So much of my own psychological suffering has unwound through dance - attending to my body, learning to move fluidly and naturally, letting go of preconditioned notions of how one should move/be/look, finding joy and enjoyment and freedom in my body, and building community with other dancers through moving together.
I love this. It is so important that we see the wisdom inherent in our emotions. They have been finely honed over hundreds of thousands of years by our experiences. We need our emotions to tell us what's safe, what's OK, and what's not OK. If we're depressed or anxious, our emotions are sending us a message - something is not right. And in my experience, much of this is driven by a profoundly unhealthy culture where we are busy all day long with fewer and fewer close relationships to rely on for touch, sharing, or support. Just the recognition that "we are not crazy" can go a long way towards helping us recover.
Heartbreak is one of the best (and worst) things I've been through. May we all find the beauty and the lessons in our suffering.
Good into on the role of our guts in our emotional lives, our mental processes, and our sixth sense.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in Carrboro, NC.