A belated Happy New Year’s post! Starting it off with much well-wishing for anyone who reads this, and for their loved ones, and on and on. Interdependencies; as they say in yoga practice, “may all beings everywhere be happy and free” (Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu):
May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.
Let’s look more closely at the meaning of each word of this invocational mantra:
lokah: location, realm, all universes existing now
samastah: all beings sharing that same location
sukhino: centered in happiness and joy, free from suffering
bhav: the divine mood or state of unified existence
antu: may it be so, it must be so (antu used as an ending here transforms this mantra into a powerful pledge)
From: Jivamukti Yoga
And of course, a video of hoopdance artist Spiral, performing what I think is a humble, yet divine, expression of transcendental “flow” — she is a real dervish! She explains excellently the practice of hoopdance:
Hooping is, for many, moving meditation. More than that though, it is a symbolic echoing of energy on many different levels- of planets orbiting in our solar system, of the dance of protons and electrons around a nucleus, of the rhythmic beating of our hearts, of the cycles of day and night, a reminder and re-creation of the macro in the micro, reconnecting us to the greater play of life and death, of being here now. Fun is a given, transcend-dance is a possibility.
The relationship between dance and spirituality is ancient. From the beginning of recorded time there are instances spiritual dance in the form of celebratory worship, ritualistic dance, and healing shamanic trance dance. Repetitive rhythmic dance, connecting the dancer to a musical pattern and to other dancers is powerful medicine. Dance is probably one of the most ancient methods of generating altered states of consciousness. In the Gnostic gospel Acts of John , even Jesus danced and said to his disciples, “To the Universe belongs the dancer. He who does not dance does not know what happens.”
We need more wonder and beauty in this world. Happy 2014!