Love is a powerful force. It can envelope you in comfort in the most peculiar places, like in the middle of a dance floor.
Last night after a heart expanding dance class, I was lying in stillness, allowing all thoughts to fade away. When my mind was clear, it allowed my heart to be heard.
What it wanted to say was unexpected in this moment. It hurt, it missed her soul sister with the realization that we will never again dance together in physical form here in this lifetime. My heart was saying, as it does many days, that it simply missed you.
So I cried. In the stillness of the night, with a dozen other sweat drenched, danced out bodies sprawled on the floor around me, spread out like starfishes, I allowed my heart to speak through tears.
I kept my mind out of it, and my heart cried freely, to release whatever it needed to. As the rest of the class and I came into a sitting position, my heart still cried.
Just when it felt like it was subsiding, my teacher said we were going to finish the class slightly different, by sharing love. We were to bum wiggle across the floor to someone else and give them a hug, to give them love.
‘Awwww shit’ was my first thought. I knew more tears were coming — my heart is aching for love and support and it’s about to arrive.
I was blessed to be enveloped by two special friends who were near. As soon as their arms circled my back and I heard the words from the sound system saying “Just Love”, that was it… It was all the permission my heart needed to open up and let go again. So it did.
With abandon my heart cried. The more my body shook in tears, the tighter the arms circled around me, and the more love surrounded me. A few moments later, I was encircled by a dozen different souls, when the entire class had bum wiggled over. Both friends and strangers leaned in little bit closer and hugged a little bit tighter and these beautiful women shared their love a little bit deeper.
My heart sat in the very middle of it all, receiving the love it needed, in order to feel heard.
I was in that sacred place one rarely allows themselves to go….
The kind of place where the heart cracks wide open and all vulnerabilities pour out through a deep soul-clearing release: when the body, mind and spirit are wrapped up in love, feeling safe to just let go and cry. When love surrounds you from all directions, and suspends you in that moment where your heart simply feels held, and heard…. So it can cry, non judged and freely.
And as more lyrics of love echoed in my ears, and arms still remained tight around me, a stillness surfaced, and my breath deepened into a long, nourishing exhale of relief. My heart was given the chance to say everything it needed to say, and now it smiled. It drank in the love being sent by the dozen other beautiful souls around me, softening it, soothing it.
Love is a magical thing, vulnerability is too. When I allowed both to be present, without limitation, without judgement or caution, my heart and soul were given the chance to be heard. Stagnant energy was given the opportunity to be let go and more space was made for a loving positive energy to support me. Love and vulnerability allowed my heart to heal a little bit more.
So take time to allow your heart, not your mind, to be heard. What does it need to express to you and are you willing to be vulnerable to let it cry if it needs to, right there in the middle of the dance floor?
From me to you…. here’s some love:
photo credit: Vichaya-Kiatying-Angsulee over at freedigitalphotos.net