This past weekend I held a workshop I had been dreaming in for a long time. It combined the history, meaning and physicality of dance – in this instance, flamenco – with our emotional and spiritual health and well being. I’ve long known and appreciated how our values really come alive through physical movement: my years as a dancer and yoga teacher gave me a felt and first-hand experience of the power of our bodies on our souls; my studies in philosophy, psychology and shamanism deepened my appreciation of and hunger for that connection.
And so we danced in the spirit of the fugitive peasants of long ago Spain, transforming our beliefs into physical values in the process.
The workshop is over. What now? New opportunities for making this workshop better and more affordable, refining it for specific audiences , collaborating with other disciplines and professionals, even possibly creating a new business.
My point is – it took me courage and a great deal of energy to birth this dream, and by sticking with it I have opened up possibilities that I would never have even suspected otherwise.
What was it Goethe once wrote to all if us… What you can do or dream you can do, begin it. For boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Maryanne Nicholls is a Toronto based, certified Psychotherapist offering a balanced approach to mental health. Please visit http://www.thejoyofliving.co for information on her services, or contact her directly to find out how she can help you reclaim the joy of living.