Do you think you can dance? Wait till you see the lady in this video! Tears of joy just poured down our faces. Dancing brings together all sorts of people from all walks of life to just have fun, shake your butt, feel good, and dance, dance, dance.
Ed has danced all his life from the time he was 4 years old, when his sister taught him in their Bronx living room, to winning a TV dance contest on the popular Ted Steele's Bandstand when he was 16. Then, when he was 19, he won the New York City dance championship, followed by the
Knickerbocker Beer trophy for the Tango, Jitterbug Jive and Cha Cha Cha. He became a professional
Latin dance teacher and taught the Mambo in Miami Beach.
So Ed knows good dancing when he sees it. The following is a video that is rocking the internet as an 87 year-old gorgeous woman dazzles us into believing we can all grow old gracefully and beautifully. If you want to know the definition of HOT see this video. The way she moves will knock your socks off!
Dance is also used throughout many of the spiritual traditions as a form of losing self-centeredness and opening the heart, as seen in Sufi whirling dervishes, Tibetan lama dancing, the ecstatic dance accompanying Hindu devotional chanting, or in Jewish circle dancing.
Dance as a Meditation
Little instruction is needed here. Chose your favorite music and let it move you. Try different rhythms: fast, melodic, staccato, soft, and slow. See what it feels like to open your chest, to lift your arms, to spin or bend, to move quickly or slowly. Keep breathing throughout. Let your emotions ebb and flow with the music. Dance your feelings, your relationships, your parents. Dance your illness or your pain. Dance your anger; dance your fear. Then dance your joy and bliss and laughter. Dance who you really are.
And then stop and be still. Stand or
sit and just breathe gently and enter the stillness that is always there behind
What does dancing mean to you? Do you have stories of how dance has helped you? Do comment below. You can receive notice of our blogs every Thursday by checking Become a Fan at the top.
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You and the World. It will be published NEXT WEEK Nov 3rd!! Join us for a
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Deb Shapiro’s new book, BE THE CHANGE, How Meditation Can Transform
You And The World, forewords by the Dalai Lama and Robert Thurman, with
contributors such as Marianne Williamson, astronaut Edgar Mitchell, Ellen
Burstyn, Michael Beckwith, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Jane Fonda, Jack Kornfield, Ram Dass, Byron
Katie, Dean Ornish, Dan Millman and others will be published Nov 3rd 2009 by Sterling
Ethos. Deb is the author of the award-winning book YOUR BODY SPEAKS YOUR MIND. Ed and Deb are the authors of over 15
books, and lead meditation retreats and workshops. Enjoy their 3 meditation
CD’s: Metta - Loving kindness and Forgiveness; Samadhi – Breath
Awareness and Insight; and Yoga Nidra – Inner Conscious
Relaxation, available on their website:
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