Movement: A Space for Passion
by Peter Kane
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This article was first published in Breathe. www.breathe-mag.co.uk
As a counselor and teacher I have always sought the deepest and most experiential work. In breathwork, we go deep to the core of our issues, while also expanding into bliss. As my career grew I felt the need for more movement than just breathing, spiritual and emotional work allowed. Emotional work helps us accept and embrace taboo emotions like anger, sadness and fear and involves moving on a deep level. I have found physical movement and dance to be the perfect way to create the space for moving into another taboo emotion — joy.
Movement therapy or dance therapy are alone great vehicles for working with the whole spectrum of emotion. I have also found them to be an important addition to balance the other more spiritual, mental, psychological, and emotional work I do. In the late 80’s I began to incorporate a form of authentic movement in my work. It usually looks like people dancing without partners to up beat music, but it is more than just that, it is a space and invitation to move feelings, and a place for connecting with and expressing joy, passion and aliveness.
In emotional and psychological work we need to be willing to step into a feeling. When we allow a feeling to surface, we’re trusting it, but we are also choosing it. If we suspect that we are angry we need to begin to give it voice and in doing so, our anger will more easily surface. Contacting a feeling is like pulling on a thread and seeing what unravels. An even better metaphor is that we are letting go and allowing ourselves to roll down hill and see what is there. The same is true with feelings of joy, aliveness, love, and passion. We can’t expect to know these feelings fully when we avoid activities where we are more likely to feel them. Moving our bodies is such an activity. Moving our body can connect us with our passion about being in it.
All movement is good. Walking, physical labor, exercise, and dancing all create increased movement in our core. The value of movement is increased when we give ourselves space to move authentically with the feelings in our core. This is what Authentic Movement is. It is expressing our feelings in the way we move. It is moving honestly instead of moving to look good. In doing so we can learn more about how we feel and we can tap feelings we have avoided including joy.
Five rhythms meets rock and roll
Describing a process as masculine or feminine can serve to elaborate on some of the subtleties of it. I don’t believe that anything is purely masculine or feminine but using those words to describe both sides of our emotional process, I would say that both our masculine and our feminine aspects have been suppressed. Our masculine power, passion, and instinctual emotions like anger have been taboo and so has our feminine, flexible, and flowing side. I think it is interesting to note that most good psycho-spiritual work addresses both. Breathwork helps us embrace our masculine emotions and be here more powerfully in our body and it also helps us transcend and know spirit and bliss. Movement is similar; it helps us give voice to our power and our delicate nature.
Movement connects us with so much … endurance, breathing, life urge, space, and abundance. I wonder, is sweat masculine, feminine, or just human?