Dance-- the Sacred Art: The Joy of Movement as Spiritual Practice

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SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 194 pages

Unlock the transformative power of movement as a life-changing spiritual practice.

"If you're thinking 'But I'm not a dancer' or 'I feel awkward,' I hope to reassure you. You don't need a special talent to move. You don't need to be 'graceful' or especially coordinated. You don't need a body that's 'in shape.' Dancing helps us embrace all this humanity. Dance connects us to the holy of life."
--from the Introduction

Seize the joy and healing power of dance! Drawing from her years of experience as a dance and movement teacher, and as cofounder of the international dance organization InterPlay, Cynthia Winton-Henry helps you overcome your embarrassment or anxiety and discover in dance a place of solace and restoration, as well as an energizing spiritual force. She taps into the spirit of dancing throughout history and in many world cultures to provide detailed exercises that will help you learn to trust your body and interpret its physical and spiritual intentions. For both newcomers and seasoned movers alike, she encourages you to embrace dance as a spiritual tool to:

  • Celebrate your unique spirituality and get in touch with your emotions
  • Unify your body and mind, and push your personal boundaries
  • Work through trauma or crisis and restore spiritual well-being
  • Deepen your relationships and strengthen your community
  • Find spiritual direction
  • ... and much more!
 

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Contents

May I Have This Dance?
1
Approaching Holy Ground
16
Unlocking the Dance of Joy
37
Dancing into Wholeness
51
Dancing for Healing
77
Dancing for Spiritual Direction
103
Dancing with Beloved Community
131
Dancing as Peacemaking
158
Resources
181
Suggestions for Further Reading
185
Index of Movement Practices
191
Gratitude
193
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About the author (2009)

Cynthia Winton-Henry, cofounder of InterPlay (an international not-for-profit organization with locations in over fifty cities on five continents), teaches people to unlock the wisdom of the body through movement and creativity. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at Pacific School of Religion and the Sophia Center at Holy Names University, and is author of Chasing the Dance of Life: A Faith Journey; What the Body Wants and Dance-The Sacred Art: The Joy of Movement as a Spiritual Practice (SkyLight Paths).

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