Dancing is the New Meditation
I have heard for decades that the best way to relax and achieve inner harmony is to meditate. You can’t live in Southern California without have a hundred people tell you “it’s the way to go.” I call BS on that! Don’t get me wrong. If you meditate, and it works for you, more power to you! I”ll even give you an “Om” to go.
It’s just that meditation, to me is the greatest and easiest way to stress out I have ever tried. I’ve tried it more than a handful of times. And here is exactly what happens. I sit in this place I’ve decided to be quiet in and cleanse my mind. In approximately 30 seconds a committee shows up in my head. The committee is loud. It’s raucous. They all begin to talk, taunt and tease. I suddenly am filled with thoughts of all of the “productive” things I could be doing. Should be doing. Need to get done. I think of things with work that I have been putting off. I think of things I could be writing for my blog, rather than just sitting here, wasting time. I think of things that need to be done in my house. How many things I need to organize. The closets that could use cleaning, the drawers that need sorting. I think of things that WILL need to be done for work, my house, my blog in the near future. I think about places I could go for travel and enjoyment, and want to look those things up on the internet RIGHT THEN.
I begin to think about things that really bug me. Things that have bothered me for awhile. Things I didn’t even KNOW bothered me. Now I start to get REALLY irritated at the things that I didn’t even know were bothering me.
Any small problem in my life can take on gargantuan proportions when I sit down to meditate. They suddenly become overwhelming.
Meditation = STRESS For My Brain!
While attempting to meditate I start to think about things I have recently seen on Facebook that I thought were really profound. Or really cute. Or really irritating. You know the things I’m referring to- the political posts that differ from your opinion. The people that voice their totally inane and negative opinions on someone’s post, which were TOTALLY unnecessary. The more I am supposed to “empty my mind” the more that comes in to crowd it, and my blood pressure goes up. Which is, I think the direct opposite of the point of meditating.
All of this brain hyperactivity can be accomplished in record time. I’m sure I’ve just spent at LEAST three hours in the process, and when I look at the clock, I’ll be damned, five minutes haven’t even passed! God bless you if this meditation thing calms you down. It just stresses the hell out of me!
The same people who like to meditate, enjoy Yoga. Don’t even get me going on that one! If I’m going to spend an hour in an exercise class, I want to feel like it’s doing something for my body. I can’t get through half a yoga class without wanting to laugh at the absurd positions (which don’t seem to be building any sort of muscle that I can tell). I want to giggle at the silly names they call them. And for some reason, the people in Yoga class are just too damned serious about the whole thing. It becomes a religious activity for them, it seems. Forget Yoga…..I much prefer to do a few crunches, hold a plank, lift a few weights, or Zumba my way to cardio health. In Zumba you can’t help but have a happy attitude! Why- because DANCE MOVES are happening there!
I’m Not a Zen Girl!
I guess the cat is out of the bag. I’m not a Zen girl. My idea of relaxing is planning a party, figuring out my next event, or dancing. Dancing is my “drug of choice.”
When I went through a divorce about 8 years ago, I decided to take up dancing. It was something I’d always wanted to learn, and it was the first thing I set my mind to when I knew the marriage was over. Now THERE is a stress reliever! There is a blood pressure reducer! And, like meditation and yoga combined- it’s GREAT for your body! Within a few months, although I was out every evening and enjoying a few drinks, I looked better than I had in years! I lost weight and toned up, without dieting or even TRYING!
Dancing- My “Drug of Choice!”
When you dance, the committees can’t be in your head, because you are too busy following the lead of your partner. You can’t think about the problems you’ve got going on, what needs to be done at home, what is going on with work. There is only one focus. Dancing. What the next move is, where your partner and your body are going to lead you.
For me, dancing gives me all the benefits of meditation, and then some.
If sitting in a quiet room, making your mind blank works for you, then go for it!
Just PLEASE don’t try telling me that it’s a stress reliever! Not for my A type of personality! Thirty minutes of meditation a day would probably put me in the grave within the first month!
No matter what problems I have in life, after a few hours dancing I feel refreshed, at peace and in tune with my body and soul.
Dancing video, Kingston Mines (This is a little video my daughter shot of Don & I when we were all in Chicago this summer. I realize the video is dark, and I apologize! If you get to Chicago, this place is worth visiting!)