27 Feb Feel it in your bones
There are few things more liberating than turning up the volume on a happy sing-along song and dancing around crazily. After all, as the well-known saying goes – dance like no one is watching. Meredith and Christina did it in Grey’s Anatomy and I’ve recently started doing it with my kids. Their faces light up, excited giggles escape from deep inside their bellies and soon, their cheeks become flushed with excitement and energy. They absolutely love it.
I’ve realised that besides the music being much louder than normal, they appreciate seeing us let go of the stresses and inhibitions that generally hold us back from initiating and enjoying moments like these. They relate to the silliness and fun of the hopping around and I believe that they truly are aware of the weightlessness the moment brings. It is as though the outside world is shut out and the three of us are in a bubble without any distractions or external pressures.
Sadly, for most of us, this happens too rarely. Most of the time, we’re so caught up in our routines, in our lists and in our many different roles, to actually let go of the inhibitions holding us back from letting it all go, to thoroughly enjoy the moment. We check our every move, every word, to impress others and to set ourselves ahead of others, constantly competing for whatever it is we feel so strongly about, subconsciously or consciously. We don’t often allow ourselves to let the guard down and shake free the masks we work so hard at keeping steadily in place.
But in those moments when we do, we create a sense of freedom and space within ourselves to just be. To close out everything other than the music and the happiness and energy that the moment brings. It is in those moments, I feel empowered to love fiercely and unconditionally, to dream my biggest dreams and tackle the challenges head on. Shaking off the fears and threats and defences allows me to feel the confidence deep within my bones, without the pretence of someone or something that I’m not. I can just be me.