“Energy moves in waves. Waves move in rhythms. Rhythms move in patterns. Patterns move in cycles. A human being is just this. Nothing more. Nothing less. A dance.” –Gabrielle Roth
In the dance of life, the state of Grace is one that is free of all resistance. Learning to embody this is a gift that you will take with you for all time. If we call off the fight with reality, we can begin to accept what is. In doing so, we diminish suffering and learn to relate to the reality of pain in a more skillful and compassionate way.
Through the map of the 5Rhythms, we investigate the art of graceful transitions. How are you at beginning, following through, and ending?
This practice gives us a clear method of understanding these stages. In doing so, we learn where we are moving and where we get stuck. With this knowledge, we can bring grace, balance and ease into each stage of the creative process. From birth, through life, to all endings and even death.
The 5Rhythms are a moving meditation practice, a map of how energy moves. They teach us the patterns, rhythms and cycles of life through the rhythms of Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness®.
In this workshop we will integrate the stillness of Buddhist mindfulness meditation with the moving meditations of the 5Rhythms. The Buddha encouraged us to bring wise attention to every aspect of our lives.
In sitting meditation, we have the opportunity to observe the mind and body at rest through silent introspection. In the practice of the 5Rhythms, we engage in mindfulness while in motion. The two polarities of moving and sitting meditation together mirror the dance of life and open the door to peace, well-being and balance.
All workshop hours contribute to the 5Rhythms® Teachers Training. No experience is required.
Recommended Reading: Maps to Ecstasy by Gabrielle Roth; Sweat Your Prayers, by Gabrielle Roth; Connections, by Gabrielle Roth; Dancing With Dharma: Essays on Movement And Dance In Western Buddhism” edited by Harrison Blum, published by McFarland & Company.
Lucia Horan was born and raised in the Esalen community. She has been teaching since 1998. Lucia received life-long direct training with Gabrielle Roth in the 5Rhythms® method. She is formally empowered to teach Buddha dharma in all capacities. Her unique perspectives on insight have been published in the book Dancing with Dharma: Essays on Movement And Dance in Western Buddhism.