The first thing that must change is that in me which insists upon the smaller view of myself and tries to make that permanent … I watch my personality from the reality behind it. In that moment I am no longer identified with ego. Spirit begins to emerge and know itself. The dance changes! I no longer dance to become worthy or prove my value. I do not dance to measure up or earn that which has belonged to me all along. I dance because I dance.
— Paula D’Arcy from A New Set of Eyes: Encountering the Hidden God
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven; A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
— Ecclesiastes 3:1,2,4 (To Every Thing There Is A Season)
Joy, love and compassion are essential ingredients in spiritual growth. We are enriched by their nurturing, and our world is enriched by their actualization. Profound joy is a celebration of our vision of connectedness, a vision that dissolves division and the myth of separation. We must let our hearts dance and rejoice with love and compassion and yearn wholeheartedly for oneness and wholeness.
— Christina Feldman from The Buddhist Path to Simplicity: Spiritual Practice in Everyday Life
Dance is meditation in movement, a walking into silence where every movement becomes prayer.
— Bernhard Wosien from Dancing on the Earth: Women’s Stories of Healing and Dance
I said to my soul, be still, and wait… In the darkness shall be the light And the stillness the dancing.
— T. S. Eliot from Four Quartets (East Coker, III)
what should I do
if love seizes me?
start dancing of course!
sweep love into your arms
and press her to your chest
— Rumi from Four Essential Practices: Ecstatic Body, Awakened Soul
I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. In each, it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of one’s being, a satisfaction of spirit. One becomes, in some area, an athlete of God. Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.
― Martha Graham (as quoted in Marry Your Muse: Making a Lasting Commitment to Your Creativity)
Life is a dance between making it happen, and letting it happen.
― Arianna Huffington (Super Soul Sunday – May 2014)
In dance, in composition, in sculpture, the experience is the same: we are more the conduit than the creator of what we express.
― Julia Cameron from The Artist’s Way
We rarely hear the inward music, but we’re all dancing to it nevertheless.
― Rumi from The Essential Rumi
What is serious to men and women is often very trivial in the sight of God. What in God might appear to us as “play” is perhaps what He Himself takes most seriously. At any rate the Lord plays and diverts Himself in the garden of His creation, and if we could let go of our own obsession with what we think is the meaning of it all, we might be able to hear His call and follow Him in His mysterious, cosmic dance.
― Thomas Merton from Spiritual Master
Everything is affected by and is part of everything else, changing constantly from one state to another. The rain becomes the river; the river surrenders to the sea and the cycle begins over again. Nothing is ever lost. The melody changes – the dance goes on.
― Connie Harrison (attributed to)
When we have faith we are more authentically open to dancing with life in whatever form it presents itself. This kind of faith brings greater joy and engagement and less fear, hesitation, and aversion as we think about what tomorrow will bring. It allows us to experience more awe toward the mysteries of life, and less concern.
― Lama Surya Das from Awakening to the Sacred: Creating a Personal Spiritual Life
Life is a spiritual dance and that our unseen partner has steps to teach us if we will allow ourselves to be led. The next time you are restless, remind yourself it is the universe asking ‘Shall we dance?’
― Julia Cameron from Walking in this World: The Practical Art of Creativity
Everything in the universe has rhythm. Everything dances.
― Maya Angelou