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Weekend Wisdom: Five Minute Friday on a Sunday – DANCE!

Hooking up with Kate Motaung for Five Minute Friday. The word is DANCE!

Dance means different things to different people.

For my sister is means ballet, specifically Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, as she worked behind the scenes at the local ballet company’s production when she was a teenager. Yes, by the time the production ended she was sick of the music. I believe even today anything nutcracker related gives her nausea.

For me dance means disco, specifically BeeGees. I burned up the dance floor at several local discos during college. There was one on campus and one off campus.

However, for me dancing now also means worship. I recently worshiped at a Messianic Jewish Temple, where they danced beautifully during the service, some even danced barefoot.

Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp.

Psalm 149:3

It was a wonderful service and we even sang 3 songs that are sung at the church I normally attend.

Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might,

2nd Samuel 6:14

So don’t just make a joyful noise unto the Lord but get on your saddle shoes, stilettos, or wingtips and dance before the Lord with all your might! The Rabbi even pointed out last week that dancing is not just for women.

So dance like no one is watching and if they are, they are jealous that you are willing to get out there and dance with all your might.

Coming tomorrow – A 5 part series about a story and thoughts I had after reading an article sent to me by a dear friend. 

{ Day 7 } 31 Tricks to Scare Away the Grief Monster – Dance

Scripture Meditation

Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.

Psalm 149:3 

Dance is my favorite form of exercise. There is nothing like cranking up the disco music and dancing around the house. Yes, I am a Disco Diva. Long live the BeeGees!

I can still cut a mean 7-step hustle, just not in 6″ stilettos.           😉

Dancing is exercise in disguise and “That’s The Way I Like It – uh huh, uh huh.”

Now you do not have to be a Disco Diva, you can get out the saddle shoes and “Stroll” down memory lane.

Like all exercise, just start out slow by dancing to one short song and increase the amount of dancing every day. Use the mop or a sweeper as your partner. Get creative and dance your stress and grief away.

Mental Dance

Now for the tough dance – the mental one.

Yes, you are learning a new dance emotionally and the grief monster is your partner. There is no one better at stepping on toes than Griefy.

Moving forward means you must learn this dance. Start off nice and easy and pretty soon you will be leading Griefy and stepping on his toes. Oh what joy that will bring you.

You can learn this dance with grief but in order to do so you must choose to learn it and practice, practice, practice.

Resource

Today’s resource was an immense help to me after Joe passed. His Aunt gave it to me at the wake with instructions not to open the package until after 4 weeks. The book inside the envelope was

Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief by Martha Whitmore Hickman.

It is a non-denominational devotional that will help you through this mental dance with grief. I can not recommend this book enough. I wish funeral homes would give this out to family members or send it to them about a month later.

Quote Meditation

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.

Alan Watts

Movin’ & Groovin’ Monday: Katrina And The Waves

Welcome to a new series: “Movin’ and Groovin’ Monday.”  Each week you will find a snappy little video that will get you up and moving. Here is the link to last week’s video and post which inspired me to create this series.  Get ready for a “religious” experience of the 60’s kind. 

Grieving? Don’t Make This Mistake

During my first year of widowhood, I spent most weekends on the couch so I had enough energy to get through the next work week.  That was a mistake. While rest is necessary so is moving.  I would put a load of laundry in the washer and it would take me 3 hours to get up enough energy and desire to go put it in the dryer. Even if you dance only 5 minutes a day – DANCE! You will feel better. Then dance a little more each day and eventually you will be “Walking On Sunshine.”

In Transition? Don’t Make This Mistake

The one thing us job seekers are good at doing is negative self talk (a.k.a NST). I know it is easier to say quit doing it than it is to do it. Just when you get the NST eliminated, friends or family step in and bombard you with negative comments or ask you all sorts of questions about your job search.

So to you my fellow job seekers I say, listen to the up tempo music and “shake your groove thing.” It will help keep the NST down. Play an uptempo cd on your way to an interview to fill your mind with positive thoughts. When you get out of your car – strike a power pose and tell yourself “I WILL rock this interview.” Remember, you too will soon be “Walking On Sunshine.”

Video

Here is this weeks video – enjoy! May you walk on sunshine all week.

How To Become A Better Lover

Work like you don’t need the money.

Love like you’ve never been hurt.

Dance like nobody’s watching.

Satchel Paige 

My friend Jennifer Chernisky posted this quote on Facebook back in December.  As soon as I read the quote, I knew there was a blog post waiting to be written.

At first I thought the quote was good advice, but then I got to thinking about

“Love like you’ve never been hurt.”

And I realized that is not good advice – in my humble opinion.

“I’m So Hurt”

You learn from being hurt.

Your love improves from being hurt because

  • You know what not to do.
  • You know what to do differently.

So you can love better the next time.

As a result of your hurt, work like you do not need money and dance like no one is watching but…

Love like you have been hurt, hurt more than once.

Use being hurt to become a better lover.