Sacred Circle Dance

Article originally published in Tone Magazine, Nov 2013 

Sacred Circle Dance is like a kaleidoscope. When you pick up and look into the kaleidoscope, you at first see shapes and colors. Each shape is different yet an important part of the picture. There is pattern. Next as movement is introduced, through the viewfinder, you will see new forms. Beautiful changing images emerge from that which was once in stillness. Sacred Circle Dance is similar. Each person brings their unique life experience and interest. As the music begins, there is beauty in the flow and energy that is created. All together we form a sacred circle that expresses the essence of life through changing patterns of movement and stillness.

Participating in an evening or workshop of Sacred Circle Dance promotes a sense of well-being.

Simple dances are shared. There is a mix of modern and ancient music from different cultures around the world.

No dance experience is required. One might be hesitant to give it a go because there is this word 'dance'. Thoughts of 'I can't dance', 'I'm not coordinated', 'I am too self-conscious about dancing in front of others' might be present. Yet know that Sacred Circle Dance is not about performance. In fact, a principle that is shared is to let go of this notion of getting the steps right. Instead know there can be many variations that occur! What is more important is to play, laugh, and smile at the wonder of discovering something new.

There is an honouring of community. As a circle is formed, each person becomes an integral part. Throughout this group activity it is possible to notice the support one receives from others, as well to experience one's contribution to the whole.

It can also be an individual experience. The attention and focus can be about sensing, noticing, what is happening within and for oneself. Have you wondered what does it mean or feel like when one's body and mind are aligned? Sacred Circle Dance is a wonderful means to support the creation of balance and alignment in one's life.

What in essence is Sacred Circle Dance? It is a practice of developing, exploring and deepening one's connection and relationship with one's Mind, Body, Soul and to the source of All That Is. It is an opportunity to awaken, engage, and develop one's sense of awareness while experiencing moments of movement and stillness in the presence of others.

Catherine is one of several facilitators who offers Sacred Circle/Dances in the Ottawa Outaouais area.

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