Some wise teacher once said the definition of freedom is not needing to know what comes next. I can’t remember the originator of the quote but no doubt one of my readers will recognize it and come to my rescue.
When I saw the quote I thought, that’s a perfect definition of following. Both the joy and the challenge come from being able to let go and let someone else do the driving. If you are following, you DON’T know what comes next. Every move is a surprise even though it’s often familiar.
Letting go is a phrase that is common in spiritual speak. Organised religions as well as non-denominational practices like yoga and meditation all refer to “surrender.” In dance it means to stop trying and to let the flow of the dance and the music take over.
Of course you must first learn to do it right so that when let the music take over you are still connected to your partner. But once you’ve learned the skill of following, it indeed becomes a meditation.
Are you one of those people who hates meditation? Me too. That’s why I was struck by the opening quote when I first read it. I realized that I do have meditation in my life. Every dance I share with a competent lead allows me to turn off my brain, take a thinking break, and surrender to the dance. Not only do I not need to know what comes next, I don’t want to know.
If you are resistant to meditation and you want to find a way to make it fun, learn to follow. Sheer joy in motion!
by LaurieAnn Lepoff
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