On this, the Ninth Day of Christmas, the second day in a new year, the ladies were dancing! “Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order” wrote Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett.

A new year has begun.  Many are grateful to set last year behind them as it represents a year they don’t want to remember because when they do, feelings of anger and fear come forth and negative emotions are brought into the New Year.  The dancing ladies offer a suggestion … dance!

Dance through the anger, the fear, the pain, the whatever!
Dance to music. Dance in silence.
Dance with others. Dance with self.
Dance at a party. Dance in the kitchen.

When our body or mind are rigid, so too is our spirit.  Dancing stimulates the release of endorphins which can reduce physical, emotional, spiritual pain.  Dance can give a natural high, increasing metabolism and blood flow and as we experience the joy of the moment, we connect to our spirit.

Whatever emotion dancing is in response to, creativity and spirituality are present and become united. Dance is a spiritual connection.  May we “Dance first.  Think later.” as the New Year unfolds.

Happy Ninth Day of Christmas!

The Twelve Days of Christmas tradition offers a lovely stretch of time to reflect, enjoy, delight in, and consider how we can bring a little bit of Christmas into our life and the lives of others every day.

May the Twelve Days of Christmas remind us (whether Christmas for us is based on religious or cultural or simply because we-love-it-grounds) that Christmas isn’t just “one day.”   May the Spirit of Christmas continue to be alive in hearts and lives so Christmas can be lived every day – even beyond the Season of Christmas.  With love,  June

<The Soulistry “Twelve Days of Christmas” series blog can be found at www.soulistry.com/blog as well as: www.soulistry.com/on-the-ninth-day-of-christmas

In the spirit of gift-giving, I hope you will receive this Soulistry “Twelve Days of Christmas” blog series as gift, with much love. Comments on Soulistry blog posts (www.soulistry.com/blog) are always welcome. Thank you.   June Maffin



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