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Dance Meditation Lesson on Composure
A. Complete the sequence of stretching exercises in Part 2.
B. Choose a gently flowing piece of music. Listen to the opening melody and slowly begin moving, perhaps swinging arms side to side - bend knees, swing arms up and stretch - repeat to other side while moving around the floor in your own expressive movements.
Review the section at the beginning on qualities of movement to get some ideas on possibilities.
C. When you are ready, just sit down in place on the floor where you are, or on a cushion, or on a chair. Close your eyes, fold your hands in your lap, and do a few rounds of even breathing to begin your period of reflection; one count in, one count out, and continue on.
Think about the idea of composure. What does it mean in your life. If you want more composure when meeting people take time in the conversation to take a breath before jumping in with your next question or comment.
It slows down and paces the conversation. Finish your session by standing and stretching.
Who would have ever thought I'd be recommending a song that is sung by Sting and co-written by Sting and his guitarist, Dominic Miller, to use for your dance meditation, but I am. Read about it here.
Article by meditation teacher Susan Helene Kramer; photo credit of dunes in The Netherlands by Susan Kramer
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