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In Veneration of the Holy Dance

It has now been four days since the mini-congress where I participated in a session called “Moving in God’s Grace.”  I still am dancing and moving to the song that we did in the session.  Even more than I used to do, I am seeing possibilities of movements for many songs that I hear! 

There is a prayer that we read at the end of the session that I wanted to share with you before when I posted, but did not.  Therefore, I will share it with you now.  I really love this one and will be holding onto it for a long time.  It seems to suit me very well and has given me much to think about.  The one change I would make is to say “the Father,” instead of “God.”

In Veneration of the Holy Dance

How beautiful are the dancer’s feet that dance to the music of God.

How lovely the dancer’s hands that move to the direction of Christ.

How delightful the dancer’s body, when it moves to the choreography of the Spirit.

Each leap of faith, each flight of hope, each fall in love, Intensifies the splendor of the Holy Dance.

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2011 in Dance, Inner Reflection, Prayers

 

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Blessings of the Day

Today I was blessed with some wonderful moments between a mini-congress and a fiesta.  Here are the tidbits, then I shall be back to my new posting style! 😛

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The first session I went to was about the Trinity.  There were so many amazing insights.  Many of the things I have heard and learned before.  The thing was, I was intrigued for a full hour and a half.

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The second session I went to was Moving in God’s Grace.  It was about movement ministry.  We talked about all aspects of it and learned some movement to the Lord’s Prayer as well as “God Is” by Danielle Rose. 

The beauty of moving to “God Is” is that they only taught us the refrain and first verse.  The six of us attending were split in two groups.  My group got the second verse and the other group got the last.  Once we were done, we danced the entire song.  When is was the part that we did not do, we watched with are arms open.  At the end of the dance, I was shaking.  When my group did ours, one of the presenters was crying.  For those that know me, maybe I will do the dance for you sometime.

It is such a prayer, the movement ministry.  It is not dancers dancing in a show or trying to do something beyond their capabilities.  It is using the talent you have to add to a prayer moment.  If you are a more skilled dancer, there will be more involved.  If not, simplicity is just as well. 

During the session and when it was over, I was beaming.  Dancing is such a part of me that I cannot go with out.  It moves me, as does music.  I love it and pray I will always have it.

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The third session was one that was media based.  There was more that could have been done with the use of media and talked about in that realm.  Despite that, we did a couple of scripture skits that reminded me of the retreats I have done in the past.  They we fun and funny. I enjoyed them.

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At the fiesta, dancers from a studio performed.  None of the classes were beyond middle school age.  It was wonderful to see them, but sad because I miss dancing so much.  They did real well.

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There was a first grader that I see every day at lunch, as I am with them when they eat, and her parents near where I was at one point during the festival.  The girl and I ended up dancing together.  It was so much fun and she was enjoying herself very much!  I must say I was enjoying it as well.  It was a good end to my night before coming back to the house.

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These were many blessings that I was lucky to get today in a time when I think I really needed to have them.  Thank you Lord.  If you keep yourself open, you never know what can happen!

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2011 in Dance, Inner Reflection, Retreat Experience

 

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G-U-I-DANCE

These past days have been on the tougher end but don’t get me wrong, still absolutely wonderful.  I simply love the sisters!  Anyways, it has been hard.  There is a lot of inner battles and inner work to be done on myself.  This is of course, a bit normal for one going through a formation process as we are doing.  One of the sisters got me in my moment of complete meltdown (happens every now and then, I suggest not holding things in) since we are cooking together on Mondays this month.  I have talked with her a little here and there, vaguely. 

Tonight, when I got in the chapel for evening prayer, I found something on my chair.  I looked around and noticed no one else had it.  Certain parts of it were highlighted.  For the sake of sharing it here, I will put what was highlighted in italics.

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GUIDANCE – Author Unknown

When I meditated on the word GUIDANCE, I kept seeing “dance” at the end of the word.  I remember reading the doing God’s will is a lot like dancing.  When two people try to lead, nothing feels right.  The movement doesn’t flow with the music, and everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky.

When one person realizes and lets the other lead, both bodies begin to flow with the music.  One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a nudge to the back or by pressing lightly in one direction or another.  It’s as if two become one body, moving beautifully.  The dance takes surrender, willingness, and attentiveness from one person and gentle guidance and skill from the other.

My eyes drew back to the word GUIDANCE.  When I saw “G,” I thought of God, followed by “u” and “i.”  “God,” “u” and “i” “dance.”  God, you and I dance!  This statement is what guidance means to me.

As I lowered my head, I became willing to trust that I would get guidance about my life.  Once again, I became willing to let God lead.

My prayer for you today is that God’s blessings and mercies be upon you and your family this day and everyday.  May you abide in Him as He abides in youDance together with God, trusting Him to lead and to guide you guide you through each season of your life.

I hope you dance!!

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After much debate throughout dinner, I went to ask the sister I mentioned prior if she saw who placed a paper on my chair.  She gave me this look and said it was her.  It was perfect!  She has been cleaning out her office and such, and while doing so stumbled upon it.  I guess when she looked at it, she thought of me.  She highlighted it and left in on my chair to find at prayer. 

That little thing was something I really needed to hear I think.  It has given me something to reflect on.  As many people know, I love poetry, music, and dance.  All of that coupled with being in the great outdoors of God’s creation.  I am simply myself that way.  I am not sure she knows completely the timing of it, though I do know she has a really good idea of it.  This sister has really been a blessing to me and one of the two I trust the most.  I think I may have thanked her a few times for this one!

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2011 in Dance, Inner Reflection

 

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I Dance For You

This post goes along with my previous one.  We had XLT tonight and I was inspired to write this.

Dear Jesus, my brother

I dance for you, I dance for you

This is my prayer to you

Sometimes words are few

So I just dance for you

You walked to Calvary

Carrying a cross so heavy

You wanted to set me free

So I dance for you to see

Oh the pain you bear

From my sins, it isn’t fair

But nor was I fair

So I dance in your care

EVerywhere you come from

To save all, not just some

Our Savior you did become

To dance for you I come

Now I am here

Setting aside all fear

To me you are very near

I dance in your love clear

I dance for you, I dance for you

This is my prayer to you

Sometimes words are few

So I just dance for you

With love, your sister

Maybe they can read this before we dance at the prayer service…

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2011 in Creative Corner, Dance, Inner Reflection

 

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Dancing

As most of you know, I love dancing and wish I had neer given it up for sports, though I would not give up the time I spent in sports.  Well, short version of a story first.  Then the slightly longer one.

I say all the time that I miss dancing and wish I had kept up with it. God says here you go. I am like…whoa, only a few days of practicing and this is not the easiest thing when it has been a while. God replies, it is not that bad really, you can do it. I leave the first practice I was at, where the student caught me up, thinking…oh my goodness, but I did ask for it I guess. Mary, please help me!

Basically, whenever I see people dancing as I once did, I wish I was with them and had continued lessons so that I would be better as time went on.  In my heart I am always dancing.  I hear a song and I want to dance to it, to sing, to be creative.  When I went in to help with the music class after lunch yesterday, the two students were finishing up practicing.  I commented to them about how good it look and that I once danced, so it made me smile to see them and mad me miss it a little.  The one who choreographed the dance and was teaching the other said something about dancing with them.  I was like, I don’t think so really.

Today, Sister came to me and asked if I wanted to do it.  Of course, I had not expected it.  I stuttered an I don’t know.  If you were to know who I am talking about, the “I don’t know” does not work when next Thursday is the prayer service this is a part of.  It ended with the can do it with either one or three dancers and there is only two right now with a maybe for a third.  She suggested that I come and see it at least.  That being said, I ate really fast what I could in two minutes and ran off to the chapel.  The moment I walked in, the student who created the dance said something along the lines of “good, you are going to dance with us!?”  That was it.  I was told there was no third person, so I would do it.  It is a two and a half minute dance, which is more dancing than one thinks.  She showed me the whole dance (minus the few small parts she still has to figure out) during second lunch.  Now…I have minimal time to remember it and practice.  Mary Help of Christians, help this poor soul remember her dancing body and do the best possible.

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2011 in Dance, Random Things

 

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