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
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 DanceThe Sacred Art:The Joy of Movement as a Spiritual Practice (SkyLight Paths).
Table of Contents
Introduction ixA Dancing Parable xv
Chapter One: May I Have This Dance? 1Chapter Two: Approaching Holy Ground 16Chapter Three: Unlocking the Dance of Joy 37Chapter Four: Dancing into Wholeness 51Chapter Five: Dancing for Healing 77Chapter Six: Dancing for Spiritual Direction 103Chapter Seven: Dancing with Beloved Community 131Chapter Eight: Dancing as Peacemaking 158
Resources 181Suggestions for Further Reading 185Index of Movement Practices 191Gratitude 193