"When children play, they stop what they're doing, shake their hands, and start marching around in a circle, making funny noises. This is actually whole-body neural processing in action, helping them make sense of the inner and outer worlds. The repetitive movements during playtime help build new neural networks, as movement is an integral part of learning and growing. However, children can often be told to stop showing off, and adults may view unconventional movements as strange or indicative of a problem, especially if they deviate from the norm of movements around completing specific physical tasks like walking, sitting, lying down, or engaging in sports. Reflecting on this, it feels very restrictive, and there's the added aspect of judgment regarding sanity when moving outside the norm.
Our bodies may need to move in various ways that they haven't had a chance to explore due to experiences of shock, fear, anger, overwhelm, or grief or frustration. or even when has the body ever been given the freedom to dance the dance of being connected to the earth. Allowing ourselves to go through this process initiates a whole-body, mind, and soul neural inner dance. This personal journey involves letting go and discovering a multitude of emotions, sensations, and realizations. During my facilitator training, there were moments when I welled up with emotion upon witnessing people truly being themselves in deeply personal ways. The room was filled with a morphic resonance of emotions, as everyone embarked on their interconnected journeys together, forming a great big social neural network. I'm incredibly grateful for this training and the profound healing experiences it offered. Check out this video from our training with Katie Holland, a wonderful teacher and deep diver. who learnt the modality of Inner Dance directly from the founder Pi Villaraza.