Friday, April 22, 2016

Solve Problems By #Dancing / #MayaAngelou #storydance #executiveFUNction #JamesBrown #getOntheGoodFoot

If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how AMAZING you can be.

-Maya Angelou

The caged bird sings because its cage door is open. It is not actually a prisoner though it seems to live in a jail. The caged bird sings because its heart is free to fly. The caged bird flies and comes back to its master because they have a bond, an agreement, whereby both benefit. The master enjoys to see the bird be free and to see it come back every day. The cage door is left open because the master of the house is wise and filled with understanding.

What is the state of your heart? Is it free? Is it nourished?
Do you feed it every day like you feed the belly and the mind?
Your heart has emotions coursing through it but is it the emotions? Your mind holds all that you think you are and all the capabilities needed to do what you do, but are you just your mind?
Your body holds you upright and takes action, but are you just your body?

Could it be that feeding your heart, is feeding your soul which provides the biggest motivator for the mind and then the body to keep moving in a positive way? The late-poet, Maya Angelou, urges humans to leave conventionality behind and step into being amazing. She directs us with her words to see that the cage door is open at all times and that we can adventure outwardly to live full lives with each life being unique and distinct from the other. We can start small on this path and with goal-directed persistence (perseverance) strengthen our resolve to creatively continue on feeding the heart.

There is a catch though. The heart does not like the same exact food everyday. It does not enjoy eating grits day in and day out. Too much bland food makes the heart dull and opaque which soon impacts the mind's outlook and the actions the mind directs the body to take. All three systems have to work in unison together for the person. Is this like holistic gym toning? Is this a 'new age' concept, or is it common sense?

You can feed your heart by first listening to it. If it has been a while since you have done this, start by turning off the television and turning on some positive music. Begin to dance. Yes, begin to physically dance. Do this in the privacy of your home. You don't need to declare it to anyone. Just dance. Allow yourself to not judge how you move. Suspend criticism for a season and just begin to move. With consistency on this you will notice a story unfolding. The dancing seems like an outwardly action, yet it is an inside out production. Before you know it, as long as you have goal-directed persistence and keep it fun and engaging without pressuring yourself, ideas and feelings will come forth. Tears may be shed abruptly at the same time that an increasing degree of confidence begins to well up inside of you.

Keep this all to yourself. Resist the urge to tell others about what you are doing. Let this be a private thing. If it has been a while since you have felt this way the heart is in a vulnerable-state and it needs time to recuperate. This is therapy for the previously caged heart. The dancing triggers your awareness that the cage door is always open and your life story begins to actually change. The dancing is like spreading your wings and flying out. All you have to literally do is keep stepping, as Explore bringing in different music than your usual fare. Do not hesitate in letting this story of your life take this turn.
in dance stepping. Engage your core, move your arms, raise the knee, close your eyes, move fast, move slow, look for the rhythm, then find the beat. Be experimental and move only to the back beat, then let go of it and move only to they rhythm. There is a difference between the two.

This is how you can start small and then go big for your heart, mind and body. You deserve it. Others may begin to see a change in you and your relational dynamics will change. Some may feel unconsciously put off or threatened by your increasingly robust liberty. Some may welcome it and compliment your new style. Simply keep dancing. In time, dance with others, but keep dancing by yourself also. James Brown proclaimed it well when he said, "Get on the good foot." Make your heart glad, so that your mind's outlook gets a refresher and the actions your body takes flow from there on out:)

"If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how AMAZING you can be."

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