Dancing in the Flow January 24, 2015 00:33
"Flow is dancing in the divine subconscious." ~ Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman
It's been two weeks since I've returned home from the first ever ATS® Homecoming in San Francisco. The three day event was exciting and physically demanding and exhausting, but in a good way. I've been mulling over the words of this post since I got back, hoping I could do it justice. Even though I teach classes in my studio and perform on stage for crowds of strangers, that is the extent of my outgoing nature. I'm a quite loving introvert that thrives on solitude. I've always felt far more than I can actually describe so writing is really not my forte. Still, I feel compelled to put this out into the world.
One of the most profound experiences I've ever felt occurred during the closing workshop, Dancing in the Flow with Carolena. With nearly 200 women in the Marriott Ballroom, she explained that she would lead us in an hour of dancing where there would be absolutely NO talking. The music would be divided into three sets with a two minute water beak in between them...with NO talking. She said during the first set, our minds would be a whirl of chattering thoughts - Did I time that floreo right? There's a twinge in my right knee. I need to work on my Reverse Turn. I still have to pack tonight. Would there be room in my suitcase for one more skirt from the vendors? And on it went. During the second set she said there would be less chatter and more focus and again she was right. By the last set there were no thoughts, just bodies moving in synch, our individual energies merged into something greater than us all. When the music ended she turned to face us with tears in her eyes and hands at heart centre, she bowed and said thank you. Right on cue, the rest of us broke into tears as well.
Carolena offered us a dance with the divine and we blissfully followed her there.