5Rhythms Dallas with Mati Vargas-Gibson

BodySpiDance

5Rhythms Movement meditation


Though the soul is not a thing, it is our beingness, that which gives us being. Its presence manifests in being awake, attentive, energetic, alive. It is the spark of life. - Gabrielle Roth. Maps to Ecstasy

5Rhythms Movement is a practice of Soul. We dance every Wave anew; each dance builds over time and moving with awareness begins to transform our embodiment, our awareness, and our presence. Through the years, it has been a privilege to witness the clear and subtle ways with which these changes happen. When I look out across the dance floor I am often filled with awe and joy as I witness the physical changes in embodiment and the freedom of being and relating that I can see in dancers who keep showing up week after week.  Do you remember the first time I asked you to take a partner? Now we dance together spontaneously and creatively!  Do you remember the first time you felt grounded enough to traverse the whole floor with fluidity and grace, stepping out and trusting your feet?


...our challenge is to become conscious of these Rhythms, to truly experience them, to enter into them. We have to learn to know what rhythm we are in, how to ride with it, how to shift; to sense what rhythms others are in and how the different rhythms are complementary or discordant. We need to discover what rhythm predominates in us -are we a flowing type, a chaotic type? What rhythms characterize the main people in our lives? We need to tune into the undulating rhythms of our days, our weeks, our months, our years." Gabrielle Roth, Maps to Ecstasy


Gabrielle Roth's main mantra was, "Are you disciplined enough to be a free spirit?" and  I completely believe this to be true. Do you have the curiosity to show up to your dance with full attention and to start noticing the amazing changes and openings that come about from moving mindfully and consciously with each and every one of the Rhythms and through a whole Wave?  Do you know how you ground yourself and relax, and flow? Are you able to open hips to heart and direct your movements towards action, creating shapes and angles and change? Are you willing to thoroughly release control in chaos and surrender everything to the beat until you lighten up and taste the freedom of Lyrical, with all its possibility and promise of fully present creativity? Is your dance of Stillness full, empty, alive, a refuge? Can you dance with yourself, meet others fully in the beat, connect with the larger field of us? And, of course, as on the dance floor so in life.... Do these energies and ways of moving translate into your life, your work, your relationships, your creativity and your relationship with the Divine?

Soul's Callings... Are we ready to surrender to our body intelligence and practice letting go and listening to the creative urges and life-giving spark of our Soul's longing?

I hope you join me on the dance floor.... 
In love, in the dance,

Mati


Sunday 5Rhythms Movement Practice 

"Within my body, inside this field of awareness, there is a moving center, a part of me that shifts my focus-my attention. When it isn't detained elsewhere, it resides in my gut between my instincts and intuition, waiting for a signal to move. Attention is as specific as awareness is general. It takes discipline to develop attention and awareness. For me, this discipline is part of my dance. One of the biggest challenges is to keep my awareness in my body, not in my head where it can distract me in a million ways. In the dance I practice putting my awareness in my feet and shifting my attention to specific body parts. Ideally, attention should be a point of consciousness moving around inside a field of awareness." Gabrielle Roth -Sweat your prayers. Movement as Spiritual Practice 

Our Sunday Morning Drop-in classes is where we take on different aspects of the 5Rhythms Moving Meditation. These sessions often emerge from who is in the room and the themes or spirits that are moving with us on a given day. Our movement practice becomes spontaneous and full of synchronicity and healing. Whatever is moving in our life is reflected in the dance, and the dance feeds back medicine for us to move with, be with, and transform our suffering and our joy into art. And, the best part is that we do it in community, held by each other's witnessing and support.

Sessions are $20 and the dates and times for Fall 2018 are below. 

9:30 -11:45 AM

Please arrive on time and plan to stay for the whole session to fully benefit from your Moving Meditation.




All dances happen at the Sammons Center for the Arts unless noted otherwise.  
Sammons Center for the Arts
Historic Turtle Creek Pump Station
3630 Harry Hines Blvd. Dallas, TX 75219

See you on the dance floor!
Mati


 

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