Our culture worships thinking. We are led to believe that thinking is the ultimate approach to life. But it’s not an either/or proposition.
We call the practices we do together “body~mind” for a reason. They encompass and integrate both body and mind. Both feeling and thinking. Both sensing and imagining. And the practice is to notice, to invest in our experience, to pay attention to all of it.
How often are sensations arising that I don’t notice (until they hurt)? How often are thoughts arising that I assume without question are true.
In today’s All Out All You Dance Party, we use both physical sensation and mental thinking as ways of deepening connection with the present and with ourselves. The invitation is to notice when thoughts pull us away from that intention into distraction or story, into the past or the future. It’s not that those thoughts are bad but rather the practice is to notice them. Find the video here.
Pinkie Practice: Throughout the practice, you’ll see me noting my own thought-shift when I lift my little finger! I’d never done this before and it was a fun way to help me stay present to what was really going on in my head. I hope you’ll play with it and let me know how it goes for you.
~~~ Music Credits ~~~
Title song for Dancing Water Daily:
Kate’s Waltz 3:44 Bad Snacks, YouTube Audio Library
Playlist for Fri, May 15, 2020 ~ Dancing Water Daily ~ All Out All You Dance Party: Dancing with Thought
Minor With Cricket 5:32 Audionautix YouTube Audio Library
The Emperor’s Army 6:07 Jeremy Blake YouTube Audio Library
An_Army_of_None 4:02 The Whole Other YouTube Audio Library
I_Feel_Like_Partying_Right_Now 3:00 Nat Keefe & BeatMower YouTube Audio Library
All I Can Do Is This 4:10 Max McFerren YouTube Audio Library
Bro_Time 3:18 Nat Keefe & BeatMower YouTube Audio Library
Sunshine_on_Sand 5:08 Unicorn Heads YouTube Audio Library
Talky Beat 4:56 Twin Musicom YouTube Audio Library
Dream Culture 3:34 Kevin MacLeod YouTube Audio Library
The 49th Street Galleria 3:56 Chris Zabriskie YouTube Audio Library
THIS WEEK’S DANCING WATER DAILY PRACTICES ~ Thought Monsters & Other Dance Partners
Monday, May 11 ~ Nourishing Movement at Dancing Water: Thought Monsters & Other Dance Partners ~ find it here https://youtu.be/2iQdIzAhuUc
Tuesday, May 12 ~ Nourishing Movement at Dancing Water: Monkey Mind & Hummingbird Thinking ~ find it here
Wednesday, May 13 ~ Moon River Restorative Yoga: Noticing Thoughts ~ find it here https://youtu.be/kp_6E-l2HFA
Thursday, May 14 ~ Dharma Dance from Dancing Water: Nancy & The Shitty Committee Take a Break ~ find it here https://youtu.be/Xg8rFsBstIY
Friday, May 15 ~ All Out, All You Dance Party from Dancing Water: You Are Not Your Thoughts ~ find it here https://youtu.be/pmyKXuyC2ig
Saturday, May 16 ~ Ajna (Self-Guided) Practice: Tracking Thoughts with Curiosity
Sunday, May 17 ~ Moon River Restorative Yoga: The Space Between Thoughts
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