#MeToo was to speak our voices.
#IWillStand is to reclaim our bodies.
Let us not only show the magnitude of our hurt with “MeToo”, but let us also share the magnitude of our healing. As a dancer and somatic healer, I’ve found that the best way to heal trauma to the body is through the body. On my healing journey I created this spoken word and movement piece to heal and transmute collective pain. I’m hoping it inspires you on your path too.
Share your own Healing Journey with #IWillStand
If you’re taking steps toward healing, tell us and/or show us how. Share a write up of your approach, or share a video of your process (a dance, a poem, a song, an exercise, a meditation etc.) Your own method will help others on their path of healing too.
To Keep in Mind and Heart
The “Me Too” movement was the first step. Moving from guilt and shame to share our truth provided us with a megaphone that seems much louder than before. But it’s time we take that megaphone, not only to speak, but to fully heal and and embody our power.
#IWillStand, is about us expressing and transmuting our pain through our bodies in order to heal. Because the most effective way to heal trauma to the body is through the body. It’s time we start being honest with the pain our bodies have harbored. And it’s time we start allowing that stagnant energy to move through us, and higher. It’s time we start feeling sacred in our temples. It’s time we start feeling radiant and sensual and safe in our skin. It’s time we take a stand together, and dance our way home.
This isn’t about speaking out against anyone. It’s about expressing our truth. This isn’t about hurting the people who hurt us. It’s about moving to transmute the hurt we’ve assumed in order to step more fully into love. Think of our greatest exemplifiers of love through action - Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa. Let us continue in light of their legacies. Let us not feed fire with more ravenous flame. Instead of lash out at those who hurt us, let us turn inward and to each other with compassion. As more and more people do this, we inherently dissolve systems that aren’t created in love’s mirror. I ask that you join me in moving through and expressing hurt. I ask that you join me in dancing, singing, swimming, running, painting, writing, and diving into deeper love and radical self empowerment.
There are systems in place that encourage the abuse of power, and there are systems in place that misdirect sexual energy into perversion and violence. But we do not have to wait for that external system to break. We can stand now. We can dance now. And our bodies, hearts, minds and souls can finally exclaim: “While the system is broken, you still can’t break me. Your abuse of power and misdirected sexuality can’t destroy me. I am whole. I am powerful. I am healed. And because of that, I’ve already won.”
Some Guidance, if you feel inclined to take healing steps through authentic dance
“Moving” looks different for everyone. And everything is on the table. Once you start embodying and exploring your feelings and sensations through movement, allow the body to guide you. If you find yourself mad, get mad. Throw a fit. On the opposite side of anger is courage. So, express. And let it go. If you find yourself sad, get sad. Fall to your knees and allow the emotions to start moving through you. Express. And let it go. The healthiest way out is through. And you’ll find, in the end, you’ll feel much lighter. You’ll become witness to your divinity. Most of our pain is just asking to be noticed, to be loved. And this is our chance to dance with it, and to move deeper into love with ourselves.
- When you are ready, find a safe space in your home, or outside.
- Close your eyes and focus on your breath. Allow the sensation of that breath to move through you.
- Allow the breath to carry you into your feeling body and allow your feeling body to begin subtly moving your physical body. Begin to dance, slowly.
- You may notice tension and feelings of closure within certain parts of your energetic physiology - maybe the solar plexus, maybe the heart. Send breath to those places, and begin focusing on dancing into that part of your body. Dance with the sensation.
- Allow this movement to expand and let it take you wherever it is going to take you, with no judgement. Set yourself free - however that may feel, however that may look. Allow your body to speak to you and through you. Honor your body’s truth, your body’s pain, your body’s wisdom, and dance your way through it into love.
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