The transformational power of dance

Every once in a while emotions pull me down, and my body becomes heavy. My mind circles around thoughts that generate negative feelings. Outlook is scarce, and I feel like running from myself. But I can’t. I stop. I take it in. Slowly the feelings start to evaporate. I put on some music, and little by little my body starts moving; my hips sway, shoulders move up and down, head nods, feet jump, I twirl. My body moves and moves, like it has its own language, its own way of connecting to the world that my mind doesn’t have access to. My mind keeps babbling, talking, mumbling, screaming - but the power of my body is stronger, and slowly my mind becomes still. My body moves in an effortless way washing away the heaviness and creating new powerful energy.

Photo by Kimberly Lauren Bryant

Photo by Kimberly Lauren Bryant

If you feel like moving, here are some songs to get you going: 

Carrot Green & Selvagem - Ossain

Janelle Monáe - Tightrope

Rone - Bye Bye Macadam

Joubert Singers - Stand On The Word - Dj Matt That's House Re-Edit