Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Creating a more compassionate world asks us to tap even deeper into the source of compassion. Come explore how collective movement meditation—in the form of a circle dance—helps us both physiologically develop the capacity for compassion and spiritually connect to the Divine Source of compassion.
Our nervous system regulates our ability to be compassionate and connect with others through the vagus nerve. Many mind-body practices help stimulate this connection, including one of humanity’s oldest practices: dance. We will explore the many ways in which the simple Greek circle dance Issos Astypalaias reduces stress and stimulates our ability to be compassionate to one another.
Our dancing will also connect us with what dancer, ethnographer, and mythologist Laura Shannon refers to as a women’s dance-based mystery school with living roots in ancient Europe. The step patterns and song lyrics all point us to a deeper experience of our interconnection. We will explore the ‘embodied theology’ of the dance and what it can teach us about connecting to the Source of compassion.
Come and experience a new way to nourish your well of compassion. All movement abilities and all genders welcome; this dance can be experienced seated as well as standing.
Facilitator Emily Jarrett Hughes is an artist-healer helping people live vital, meaningful lives through group classes and individual sessions based in the creative & meditative movement practices of qigong and dance. Through her work she seeks to honor the prayers of her European ancestors and the ancestors of the place where she lives, Mni Sota Makoce, “where the waters reflect the heavens,” in the traditional territory of the Dakota.
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