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Dance into your Best Life

There are many metaphors in dance that can be applied to our lives.  Presence of Being sets the foundation in your dance and most certainly in life.  Why?  Our awareness, our creative essence, our beingness – our Presence of Being exists in the moment…and so does our dance.  Next time notice as you watch someone dancing with Presence of Being.  It is engaging.

The dance of life There are many metaphors in dance that can be applied to our lives.  For example, if a person is not clear in the change of direction that is being made on the dance floor, the execution of the step is weak at best. This is true in life as well. Having clarity in direction can create a powerful movement toward the accomplishment of your goals.Another metaphor, and the one to focus upon in this article is called Presence of Being.  This is the first module in Jeff Nehrbass and my program called - Dance into your Best Life©. And I believe it is the most important module. Presence of Being sets the foundation in your dance, in this program, and most certainly in life. Why?  Lets discuss…Dance requires being presentDance requires a person to be present. In fact, it is hard to dance if you are not present and I believe why it is so enjoyable.  You cannot think about your past concerns or future anxieties and execute a dance step in the moment. Golf is similar, if you are not present, it is hard to hit the ball well.However, even though dance requires present mind awareness it is still a common problem we see when teaching, especially when new steps are being introduced or even in choreographed routines. A person can be concerned about the next step even before they complete their current step. The step will then be stunted, not completely executed, and will lack partnership. As a result, the dance becomes a series of steps rather than a flowing movement. Breathe to become present One of the easiest and most effective ways to become present is to engage your breath. When you breathe it helps to release other thoughts and bring awareness to our bodies and the present moment. When you are present, you allow for presence of being to engage.In fact, breathing is so powerfully significant, there are programs to learn to breathe effectively that are popping up all over. This may be new in our western society, but it is old wisdom to eastern traditions that teaches the power of our breath through Yoga and QiGong. An old yogi expression is “master of breath is master of life”.In 1995, I found this wisdom for myself. After attending Miracle of the Breath weekend workshops, my life changed in significantly positive ways. So much so I decided to teach it. After 12 years of study with teachers including Andy Caponigro, an internationally known breath master, I continue to be convinced that the breath is one of the most powerful tools we have in reach…and it is FREE.Presence in lifeIn this moment, take a look. Are you present? Or are you wrapped up in your thoughts, concerns about the next moment, or the past moment, or thoughts about these ideas as you read this article. Are you really present? In Eckhart Tolle’s books, the Power of Now and most recently, A New Earth, he stresses the importance of being present. I’m grateful to Oprah to have this information become so easily available. Her recent webcast touched people from all over the world. What exciting times we’re living.As they discussed, our awareness, our creative essence, our beingness - our Presence of Being exists in the moment ….and so does our dance. Next time notice as you watch someone dancing with Presence of Being. It is engaging!

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Julie Delene is the founder of Move As One™, LLC, and creator of the M-O-V-E method, a unique approach designed to guide individuals and organizations through the process of remaking themselves from the inside out. She has been helping people manifest their visions since 1984. Julie is currently teaching ballroom dance and Dance into your Best Life© at On Your Toes/Retro Ballroom in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. For more information about Julie, please visit www.move-as-one.com.



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