Radical Self Care: Dancing as a Form of Joyful Prayer

Radical Self Care: Dancing as a Form of Joyful Prayer

My friend Joy Bridy posted that she takes care of herself in February by dancing every day and by getting outside for 30 minutes no matter what the weather. Those both sounded like fabulous ideas of self care to help us get through February. My earliest memory is of dancing with great abandon and joy. I wasn’t yet three yet I remember feeling powerful and full of joy as I danced. Dancing has always been a source of fun and solace for me. If i was sad, hurt or angry I could usually find a song that helped me feel it and express it and move it out of my body. Dancing with others has been some of the funniest moments of my life. So the question begged to be asked, why wasn’t I dancing every day? And then I remembered asking such questions doesn’t really help; the more important thing was to dance. So I have been dancing at least a song a day. Joy is living up to her name, because I can definitely report that the this daily dance has increased my joy. Dance is such a great way to connect to your body’s natural rhythms and movements. Not to undermine professional dancers, whose grace and power amaze me, but i tend to think there is no wrong or right way to dance. Dance to express yourself and move in ways that make your body feel good, feel alive, feel happy. I have been getting down to Anderson Paak and Solange lately but I always love to hear others favorite “get your body moving” jams. Please Let me know what you did for your self care today and what music makes you want to dance. When dance helps your body and spirit connect it becomes a form of joyful prayer. I am praying for a better world by reclaiming my joy to be here through dance.