Holidays are a great time to try out something in which you don’t normally indulge, which is why for the last 2 weeks I’ve been taking advantage of the two Gentlemen Hosts in attendance on our cruise!
Now before you get the wrong idea, I’ve been going to their dancing classes and rekindling my love of moving to music!
To borrow a line from a well known perfume advert “I love to dance…” even though my sense of timing and rhythm may not always coincide with the music!
And so it was – after the basic instruction we partnered up and the music started.
“One two three, one two three, one two three…” – the mantra of the waltz.
Looking down at my feet and shuffling along I was putting a lot of thinking into the mechanics of the dance steps, as was my partner and we were both repeating the mantra out loud! Did it look elegant – no, did it flow – no.
Then we stopped talking, really “heard” the music, let go and allowed ourselves to flow with its rhythm.
What a difference!
My partner and I glided around the room creating out own “Strictly Come Dancing” moments, until…
“one two three, one two three…”
The words took over again, we hesitated and lost connection and then BAM! I had an insight – “oh this reminds me of when Sydney Banks says ‘don’t listen to my words, listen to the feeling behind them’.”
He was saying that you cannot put the formless into words, but his words were the gateway to the connection to the formless – the music of the soul. Follow the beauty and rhythm of that music and you are at one with the Universe.
I saw that just like in the moment I’d lost the feeling of the music and had gone back to the mechanics (or the intellect), I fell out of the effortless step and flow, which is the same as when I’m speaking with someone and I spend my time worrying about what I’ll say next or what questions I should ask – then I don’t hear their music. We don’t have a connection and there’s no dancing in the conversation.
Insights happen in the most unexpected places, don’t they – anyone for a waltz with life?