Rituals have played, and continue to play, a vital role in shaping human history. In their many and evolving forms, rituals forge connections and strengthen the foundation of families and communities. From birthday celebrations, weddings, religious ceremonies to even the simple act of applauding after a performance, these shared customs and traditions are emotionally gratifying. Even a personal and simple personal bedtime routine can provide a sense of joy and satisfaction.
If dance plays a significant role in your life, embrace this practice and create your own daily dance ritual. Perhaps your dance ritual is attending class, taking an online class, or your own private rehearsal. Honor your ritual by approaching it with a fully engaged and present mind; it is not the repetition of an act that gives it significance, but the mindset applied. Being mindful during the process opens the pathways for more profound learning and fosters a safe space. Celebrate your ritual and allow dance to be your safe place.
“This is what rituals are for. We do spiritual ceremonies as human beings in order to create a safe resting place for our most complicated feelings of joy or trauma, so that we don’t have to haul those feelings around with us forever, weighing us down. We all need such places of ritual safekeeping. “ –Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love