“Who are you,” said the Caterpillar….Alice replied rather shyly, “I-I hardly know, Sir, just at present-at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.”
Learning expressive movement is really a form of remembering. It includes remembering all the ways of movement that your human genetic code knows. During our development as children, most of us drop certain movements when they aren’t mirrored back or allowed in the societal, cultural or family structure.
When we lose this particular movement vocabulary we can also lose access to corresponding emotions or energetic expressions that are important. This vocabulary is then transferred to a more unconscious space and not readily accessible to you.
Living fully means having access to all parts of ourselves physically, emotionally and spiritually. Not every part may need to express itself every day but the channel needs to be open for the potential and keeping this channel open involves awareness.
Re-discovering physical movement through expressive exploration can uncover insights about our lives and certain patterns and conditioning that have suppressed parts of ourselves that are critical to our sense of wholeness and well being.
When we allow these movement patterns and possible corresponding sensations/emotions to be consciously seen or witnessed by ourselves, we allow the possibility for change to happen on a cellular level (the physical level of our bodies cells), which can bring us more fully into our personal wisdom and ourselves.
Sometimes we stay in physical tendencies out of habit, not consciously knowing there is another way. There might be a comfort level this habit brings even if it might not serve the overall body.
What new way might you experience your body moving today? Is it joyful? Awkward? Do you even know where to begin? Why not just try something as simple as finding every different place where your body can rotate and explore? Can you stay present with experiencing the body without judgmental thoughts or stories? What do you notice?