“Envision yourself between each dance step, as throwing a handfull of rose petals in front of your partner and inviting her to step through and over. There is no hurry to get to the next place, the next step. It is the present moment that is to be savoured, relished.”
Alicia Pons (practica this spring at Casa Tango, Edmonton).
“When you have a good experience try to stay with it for 10, 20, even 30 seconds in a row – instead of getting distracted by something else. As you can, sense that it is filling your body, becoming a rich experience. The longer that something is held in awareness and the more emotionally stimulating it is, the more neurons that fire and thus wire together, and the stronger the trace in memory. By doing this you will increasingly feel more fed inside, and less fragile or needy.”
“Really Enjoy a Good Feeling” Posted: June 27, 2013 @ 2:52 PM | By: Rick Hanson
Both quotes make the same point, though from different perspectives - one from the dance floor, the other from a psychologist’s couch. But it is not surprising that they overlap. Tango, from my experience, is a deeply healing practice that can transform the way we inhabit our relationships, our bodies, the present moment.
The key is to soak up the exquisiteness of each step, every shared embrace as if it is the first and potentially the last. Allow yourself the permission to breathe in the sensuality and breathe out all resistance to pleasure. Go for the “tango high,” as my friend and dance instructor Gwen Spinks says in her Transforming through Tango workshops.
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