Dancing As One
Today let’s talk from the heart, for only the heart can take us to that place beyond the rational mind where we can let go of ego’s need to be right. When we live and dance from the heart, we are not limited to dancing with one partner; we dance the circle dance that includes us all. The man doesn’t always lead, nor does the woman, because there is no leader. There is room for all in the circle, for we dance as One.
As we dance, we may pull and stumble, but after a while, the movement begins to flow, all individuals moving in harmony as if the circle were only one body. It’s not hard to see why circle dances have been a part of spiritual ritual since the beginning of humanity. They were powerful dances of community where all came together for the good of the whole.
The Dance of Cooperation
In many aspects of modern life we have forgotten what our ancestors knew. We cannot survive without cooperating. I’ve lived all around the country and been exposed to many cultures. In some places, community is about conforming. Everyone has to think and act alike. New solutions to problems are not welcome. In those places, I felt I was suffocating. But now I live in a community that embraces individuality and revels in new ideas and innovative businesses. Here we have found a way to cooperate and honor what is unique about each of us while we find solutions to meet the needs of the community.
Dancing from the heart as we live life takes us to that field to which Rumi refers. There is no competition there, only cooperation, a field where we can act from the heart, a place where we come together and release our need to be right and feed our egos, a place where love of humanity is sincere.
In all aspects of our lives, we need to shift our focus from competition to cooperation. Competition teaches us that someone always has to lose, but in reality, the only time we really win is when we cooperate. Then we all win. Working together creates healthy, wholesome bonds. In this atmosphere, we are not afraid to think creatively and to consider the possibility of solving problems in a totally different way. With this thinking, we move beyond what is a right or wrong idea and focus only on what works and enhances our lives.
Finding “The Field”
What would the world look like if we all lived from our hearts, our seat of wisdom? What if our leaders created coalitions instead of blocks? What if we embraced our differences instead of fearing them? What if we could accept and love our partner’s eccentricities.
Where there is love there is peace. With our hearts open, let us find “the field.”
© 2011 Georganne Spruce