Movement and mediation both hold the promise of transformation. When we move through discomfort on the dance floor, we can transform it. When we move through discomfort off the dance floor (such as in a difficult conversation), we can transform it.
As a 5RhythmsⓇ dancer and teacher, I hold a space for movement of the body. I find that moving in the 5Rhythms tradition can reveal a palette of solutions to problems I am facing. Movement of my body enhances movement of my mind (gaining new insights) and my heart (feeling emotions bubble up). The 5Rhythms dance floor is a place designed to dissolve the chatter of our minds to make room for the voice of our deepest wisdom.
As a Certified Transformative Mediator, I hold spaces for movement of ideas and emotions amongst participants. I listen, reflect, and summarize what is being said, while also following the energy of the words (volume, cadence, clarity). The design of transformative mediation is to empower and usher participants from states of self-absorption and isolation to states of recognition and empowerment.
Movement mediation explores what lies at the intersection of these two forms, asking: “Can the 5Rhythms practice of flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical and stillness support us through a difficult conversation with a friend or partner or co-worker or boss?”
“Energy moves in waves. Waves move in patterns. Patterns move in rhythms. A human being is just that, energy, waves, patterns, rhythms. Nothing more. Nothing less.” — Gabrielle Roth, founder of the 5Rhythms