(I was quite proud of the video I had put up here with the music I mention in my post down below. But after working nicely one time yesterday night, this morning the video had suddenly turned ‘Private’ here, and on YouTube itself wasn’t available any longer. I’ll try to replace it by another video of the same Song by Neil Finn, as soon as I can manage that.)
One cannot overemphasize the need for our body to be as much as possible a HAPPY body.
And for that, one simple piece of advice for everyone:
Please give your body the pleasure of DANCING… yes, just dancing, that is, moving with pleasure, joy, glee, delight, whatever word you may prefer for expressing the kind of sensation your body will feel, in all its parts and joints, vertebrae and muscles, from head to toes, if only you allow it to move freely on a rhythm it genuinely enjoys to follow and be “moved” by – not in the midst of an excited crowd at some venue outside, but rather right in your own home, whenever your body feels like it!
Yesterday again I had the experience of how great and fun and invigorating an “exercise” it can be to dance like that, on one’s own, on some music one happens to get suddenly out of one’s speakers from one’s laptop, for example.
In my case yesterday it was after I had listened first to the deep song of the Dwarves in the first ‘Hobbit’ movie: “Far over the Misty Mountains cold…” Already my body had started swaying slowly on my little wooden chair, taken by the hauntingly beautiful tune and voices… And then next came the same song, turned into a lovely ballad sung this time by Neil Finn at the beginning of the Credits, on a still soft, but quite lively rhythm… and then it was irresistible: my body just got up and danced, danced, danced for the entire duration of the song, all into the sudden, unbelievable exhilaration of feeling its every articulation moving happily as if it were still a young body, full of pep, intoxicated not with any drug or alcohol, but just with the tremendous enjoyment of being alive and well – which it was not, two minutes only before, when I had on the contrary felt mild but quite perceptible pain all over my body: all the joints seemed awfully rusty with age and ineluctably so, after merely a half-hour sitting at my desk. Terrible. Well, my body instinctively knew what would be the best treatment, and when the right music came precisely moments later, it went for it full blast! With such an utter satisfaction afterwards, when the music stopped and so did my body, that I was laughing out loud – yes, the ‘LOL’ we write about on the internet, but lived this time by my whole body, fully happy with itself and its instantly recovered youthfulness and joy of life!
I am not saying at all that you try to dance ballet or any specific, learned way of dancing, supposed to be like this and like that, when you must imitate some model and feel inadequate if you don’t manage to do it; it is also much better if no one is there to watch you, so that you don’t become self-conscious and can really dance with the unbridled improvised happy movements your body will invent moment by moment just by following the rhythm it enjoys listening to. It could be your body’s own spontaneous mock version of a flamenco, or a samba, or whatever with no name attached, as long as it is your body doing it just the way it feels like doing it at that moment.
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year 2014, full of Happy Dancing… I am promising one to my body as well… And I am sure genes too can enjoy dancing! I’ll try it out again with Neil Finn right now…