I sing the body Electric…why I love THIS life.

Via Aminda R. Courtwright
on Jan 29, 2011
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I sing the body electric
I celebrate the me yet to come
I toast to my own reunion
When I become one with the sun

A renaissance? An awakening? A great big A-ha? Whatever, all I know is that recently music has inspired me like it used to, not new music necessarily, just that feeling again of the spirit in the music.  And what it moved in me is the rememberance about how amazing we are, humans that is!  

OK let me back up a bit — I took a class recently (I am getting my Clinical Hypnotherapist Certification) and I saw this disturbing trend…VERY disturbing.  This was a group of spiritual (or as my family calls us whoo hooo types or hippies for short) healers, massage therapists, life coaches etc…and over and over what I heard was how hard life is, how we are trying to get it right to escape this cycle of birth and death, how much they didn’t want to be here or come in, that only in pure spirit is everything OK…and well…well…blech.  It just didn’t sit well with me…and as I ruminated (I like to ruminate) I realized I thought it was all bunk (as defined by the Urban dictionary —

You see, what if the point is to love this life…right now in this moment?  Not to escape…or to transcend, what if transcendence is fully loving our physical experience? And I began to hear the music again…really hear it, in all its glory, its pain and beauty and salvation. I began to once again watch the simple miracle of this reality and I was blown away yet again. We are amazing, stunning, beautiful, inspiring creatures…and this life has a glory that I can’t deny.  When I saw this I recognized two things —
1. that most of the people that I heard complain about how hard life was didn’t really have it all that bad…(really just an observation)
2. moving, singing, dancing all remind me of how perfect THIS is…whatever it is…just as it is.
Maybe instead of trying to cure ourselves of this existence our Enlightment is in truly appreciating and experiencing this life in this moment NOW.  
It’s a thought…
so in honour of that just some posts of what the human body is capable of…the music and the dance….


About Aminda R. Courtwright

Aminda is a wellness facilitator and founder of ARCreated Wellness, LLC. A yoga teacher, transpersonal hypnotherapist, and Reiki Master, she shares her own healing journey with others in hopes of inspiring and uplifting those she meets. Her yoga classes are gentle and workshop style to invoke a real sense of learning and designed to be truly accessible for all levels. Her biggest hope is to help others take their yoga practice off the mat and into everyday life where it is truly meant to be experienced. (and can be most useful) Refusing to settle into the middle path just yet she prefers to dally on both edges and can be seen swinging right and leaning left. A devoted animal lover and activist and a humanist she is prone to rants and believes strongly that life is to be savored and that “we are all in this together, shouldn’t we enjoy it that way? “ When she isn’t teaching yoga, hypnotizing people, adoring her husband or doting on her grandson she is out riding her motorcycle—promoting the image that yogis are rebels and are a force to be reckoned with! You can also find her on Facebook. To join her for free classes online follow her here.


12 Responses to “I sing the body Electric…why I love THIS life.”

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  2. David Fink says:

    Thank you for this. I'm also doing a training this weekend & have felt some moments of feeling isolated from the group because I'm sometimes the only one giggling from wonder & releases. That said, I suspect that since there are so few outlets for sorrow & struggle in our society at large, trainings might be one of the few places that practitioners can be open about our suffering as well as our joy.

    I was just starting my training as a dancer when the original movie Fame came out. If I remember right, the moment they sing body electric is beautiful not just for itself, but because of the struggle of the characters leading up to that moment.

  3. I'm with you, Aminda, especially the music part:

    Flamenco Yoga Fusion

  4. Well said, Aminda! For some reason, the video clips wouldn't load for me…

  5. Hilary Lindsay says:

    Now you've got me jonesing for "So You Think You Can Dance" – one of the best reasons ever to own a T.V. Thanks for posting my favorite pieces with my favorite dancers from last season.

  6. Anna says:

    What a great post! I've been reading You Are Here by Thich Nhat Hanh and he says the same thing: all the beauty of the world will be revealed if you just stop and notice it. Music, dance and all the arts are a wonderful way to bring yourself into the moment …they offer so much expression that can be personal to every viewer or listener. Thanks for writing this out so beautifully!

  7. ARCreated says:

    alex just ….wow 🙂

  8. ARCreated says:

    weird…they are working on my pc…I'm not a tech wiz though so don't think I can help anyway :p

    PS if you love the music did you see the cello music clips I posted …. http://www.elephantjournal.com/2011/01/are-you-a-

  9. ARCreated says:

    I KNEW you would get it 🙂

    Part of what got me going was I went out on a music limb for my classes and I was amazed how the students reacted…instead of them not accepting they responded by being even more fully present…and it just cracke me wide open!

  10. ARCreated says:

    yes!!! the struggle leads to the opening!!! enjoy and keep giggling!!

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