Experience life in all possible ways — good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light, summer-winter. Experience all the dualities. Don’t be afraid of experience, because the more experience you have, the more mature you become.
While it is worthwhile to strive for happiness in life, I believe it is just as important to experience all aspects and expressions of life – joy and pain, flow and struggle, satisfaction and disappointment, effort and surrender. Without one, there can be no other. It would be like swimming with one arm! The beauty of our humanity is in witnessing and sharing our experiences. In our world of growing artificial intelligence, it is the perfection of being imperfect that might define us.
I love my profession and am so grateful for the opportunity to share in people’s journeys towards balance, fulfillment and health in their lives. I’m excited to share some of my observations, thoughts, and stories of healing, growth, and inspiration on this blog. Last thought for today: potential energy involves both position and movement 😉
Meditation at the Ballet
“When we are dancing we are not aiming to arrive at a particular place on the floor as in a journey. When we dance, the journey itself is the point, as when we play music the playing itself is the point. And exactly the same thing is true in meditation. Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.”
– Alan Watts
There are few things in life that bring me closer to complete joy and harmony than being at the ballet. I will likely drop everything and anything (minus attending to my patients, loved ones, and my dog) to sit mesmerized and engrossed in the dark witnessing the graceful fluidity, movement and music of a myriad of talented artists. It occurred to me last week during the beautiful performance of Swan Lake at Lincoln Center that this is because of the meditative state it brings to me, or me to it.
Focusing on the movement, leaps and expressions of the dancers, I found myself affixed to each moment with complete awareness. Bodies bending and moving became shapes and energies, lightly attached to the narrative of the background storyline. This partnership of non-judgmental observation and intellectual knowing is the keynote of what meditation is for me. To feel in the moment the sets of emotions that rise and crash– either softly or suddenly like waves– may feel unpredictable but is also what makes us extraordinarily human. Lest we forget that, the ballet is always there to remind us.