Some people have asked the question, “Why do you dance?” To that I say, look around you. Notice the rhythm of dance in the movement of the four elements of nature, earth, air, fire, and water. The ancient Greeks believed these elements to be essential to life. They are the things that entice us to move and dance. We’ve got to dance to be in synch with the universe. Movement begets movement and so, we dance.
You could say the following things in nature can dance:
- The ocean, rivers, and waterfalls sparkle as they move to the rhythm of their surroundings.
- Clouds dance by at a leisurely pace as they seek their final destination before the sun puts an end to their trip.
- Rain seems to explode with joy as it hits the pavement in it’s own bouncy cadence.
- Pine trees sway in the wind to a serenade only they know.
- What is more mesmerizing then watching leaves fall from the tree and blow across the lawn as if performing a dreamy Waltz?
- Burning the fallen leaves creates smoke that drifts upward like a snake under the snake charmer’s spell.
- A volcano erupting in all it’s fierce glory is frightening and yet so beautiful that it’s hard to look away.
Watch the molten lava dance in rhythm with the heaving volcano.
On the other hand, upon a mild evening’s sunset, there may be no movement at all. As the firey sun sets and the moon takes it rightful place in the night sky, there may be silence and a calm lack of movement. This is when we can quietly reflect on our life and position. Meditation, affirmations, and being mindful are all buzzwords that really mean it’s time to settle down. Surely, you can take a moment for yourself to appreciate the people, places, and things that led you here. In addition to that, please never forget to have gratitude for the rhythm of nature that instills in us the desire to dance. Express yourself!
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