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What is a SHAMAN?

MAYAN: "a technichian of the Holy, a lover of the Sacred." CELTIC: "Empower the people...by changing the way we think." MEXICAN APACHE: "Someone who has simply learned to give freely of themselves..." AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL: "...a teacher or healer, a wisdom keeper of knowledge... (who) takes people to a door and encourages them to enter." W. AFRICAN DIAGRA: "views every event in life within a spiritual context." HAWAIIAN: "...human bridges to the spiritual world and its laws and the material world and its trials..." QUECHUA INDIAN: "embodies all experience." AMAZON: "...willing to engage the forces of the Universe...in a beneficial end for self, people, and for life in general."

-- from Travelers, Magicians and Shamans (Danny Paradise)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Gabrielle Roth's 5Rhythms

I attended a 5Rhythms movement meditation session in Maryland. It was my second time participating in 5Rhythms and I loved it. 5Rhythms involves different phases of dance and different physical expressions to correspond with those phases. Each dancer follows general guidelines that go along with each movement but is encouraged to move to the music in their own unique style. Phases progress from Flow to Staccato to Chaos to Lyrical and finally Stillness. The Rhythms gradually build up to create an ecstatic feeling for those dancing, and then the final phase brings the dancer down. Although I have to take it easy, I found the experience fun and healing. There's a brief description included below. Go to Gabrielle Roth's website for more information.

5Rhythms is practised internationally in many major cities. A DC group is scheduled to start up in the New Year.

The 5Rhythms are a simple, powerful moving meditation that anyone - of any age, size, or physical ability - can practice. There are no steps to follow, no choreography to learn, no way to do it wrong. The only requirement is a body that is still breathing, a heart that is still beating, and mind that is still curious! Just like light, sound or ocean waves, a dancing body when moving freely passes through 5 distinct rhythmic patterns. These patterns continuously repeat themselves in a wave of motion.

fluid, continuous, grounded glide of our own movements

percussive, pulsing beat that shapes us a thousand different ways

rhythm of letting go, releasing into a catalytic wildness that can never be planned or repeated

rhythm of trance, where the weight of self-consciousness dissolves as we lighten up and disappear into our own uniqueness

quiet emptiness, where gentle movements rise and fall, start and end, in a field of silence

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

when/where is the dance supposed to start in d.c.? i've been looking something in the area, but havent been successful in finding anything yet.