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Inspiring Discovery

By: Susan Kleinman, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, CEDS-S, Creative Arts Therapy Supervisor and Dance/Movement Therapist for The Renfrew Center of Florida

Posted on May 18, 2020

Our way of living in our body plays an important role in opening ourselves to the wonder of creativity and the innate assets that live within us. In welcoming our eyes, hearts and awareness into our "mind's eye," a sense of well-being can emerge, accompanied by a sparking of discovery that can inspire positive change.  

Martha Graham, known as the mother of Modern Dance, said, "There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost."  

Living in our body requires connection with our authentic self and reclaiming inner feelings and sensations. In the words of the playwright, Bernard Shaw, "Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will."
Take this opportunity to spark a discovery by:

·        Closing your eyes and, maintaining a slow pace, place both hands over your heart.
·        Then stretch your arms forward in front of you, as if to reach for something.
·        Follow by bringing both hands back to your heart, as if holding something.
·        Close the sequence by letting your hands, now clasped over your heart, rest for several seconds on your heart.

According to Carl Jung, the famous psychiatrist, "Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens."

Connect the meaning of what you have discovered with current life events and transform your heartfelt feelings into expressive actions.

Susan Kleinman, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, CEDS-S, a board certified Dance/Movement Therapist, National Certified Counselor and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, is Creative Arts Therapy Supervisor and Dance/Movement Therapist for The Renfrew Center of Florida. Ms Kleinman is a trustee of the Marian Chace Foundation, Past President of the American Dance Therapy Association, and past Chair of The National Coalition for Creative Arts Therapies. She has published extensively, presented widely, and is the recipient of the American Dance Therapy Association's 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2014 Spirit of iaedp award. Her work is featured in the documentary entitled Expressing Disorder: Journey to Recovery.
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