New Beginnings

bettina Dance, Movement, Meditation, Life in Transition

“No, this is not the beginning of a new chapter in my life; this is the beginning of a new book!
That first book is already closed, ended, and tossed into the seas; this new book is newly opened, has just begun! Look, it is the first page! And it is a beautiful one!”
— C. JoyBell

One of my favourite poets, Rainer Maria Rilke invites us “… to welcome the new year, full of things that have never been”. When I read those lines I feel a mixture of excitement, curiosity and anticipation. We get to begin again, see things fresh and engage with our world in maybe new ways.

What it is that wants to be birthed through us at this time? How do we co-create with the bigger current of life and engage with whatever it brings with fluidity and an ability to act creatively? I love moving with these questions and allowing the wisdom of my body to be my guide. We learn through our bodies, through recurrent practices and that learning can take us to new ways of leading our lives. The idea that we learn through our bodies is somewhat startling at first. But it is our body that connects us to our emotions, mood, ability to sense and feel. It opens the door to instinct and intuition. The body is central in the capacity to live our lives fully. It is a reflection of who we are and how we are moving in the world. Richard Strozzi-Heckler, author of “The Leadership Dojo” states: “The bodies that we are will be leaders that we will be.”

Body based practices like the 5Rhythms offer us new ways of relating to our physical selves which then allow us to tap into our bigger capacity and effectiveness as leaders. This is a shift from the belief that the rational mind alone can untangle the problems we face. Let’s include our bodies as a source of intelligence!