Welcome to the BIG BRAVE BLOG HULLABALOO, a celebration of gutsy women from all over the world, connecting and claiming our power! It’s not too late to join our circle… if you’d like to share your story on my blog over the course of the summer, please read what this is all about HERE, and connect with me!
We have so much to learn from one another!
I’ve been hooked on my next guest and the beautiful ways she inspires women for a long, long time now, and was thrilled that she accepted the invitation to join the Hullabaloo. The similarities in what we view as sacred and wild are uncanny (another long lost soul sister, perhaps?), and I could literally spend hours upon end perusing her website, Unabashedly Female, floating upon each word as they ease and empower the spirit.
It is with great honor that I introduce the AUDACIOUS Julie Daley! Please leave her a love note in the comments below, and let her know how her words have touched you!
As I prepare to create something for this wonderful project of Lisa’s, I consider her questions of how I dance into my own sovereignty, dare to celebrate my own moxie, how I honor myself in moments of pure wildness, how I return to me…
As I ponder, a parade of images moves through my mind’s eye; images of the body, movement, glistening sweat, the sweetness of deep darkness, the sensual abandon of flesh upon flesh, and the earthy smell of forest groves. Being alive in the body is how I return to me, where me is the deep-hearted and deep-bellied consciousness that points to the depth of the feminine soul.
I think of the story of the Buddha as he sat under the Bodhi tree. When he felt himself being carried away by the runaway thoughts and stories of the mind, the Buddha placed his hand down on the earth to remind himself of what is real. This was a gesture of belonging to the earth, a gesture that brings me back to the wildness of soul and its relationship to this place, right here, right now.
The medicine that brings me back to what is real is the medicine of the body, the earth, and the soul. It’s the beat of the heart, the beat of the music. It’s the beat of desire and the beat of love.
My Sunday morning dance practice is devotion in motion. I dance on a wood floor with 149 other dancing devotees. I begin on the floor, lying flat on the earth, feeling my bones touch the love of the earth’s skin. She is always here. She is what I came from and to where I will return.
I begin to move slowly as I follow the breath, the music, and something indefinable deep within me. It’s an inner pulse of desire, the heartbeat of life borne out of the womb of the One. This glorious longing for expression is always dancing deep in my bones, even when my attention gets pulled to the outer world of others’ ideas and beliefs about what is real.
As the music moves deeper into my cells, I rise and begin to breathe through the bottom of these two feet that have carried me down this path of remembrance. They know the skin of the earth well. My knees follow their lead, and soon my hips, belly, heart, arms, hands, and head are following, too, and flowing into the dance.
As the beat moves into then out of staccato, chaos comes and I welcome it in. It wasn’t always this way. I used to fight dropping into the arms of chaos, not trusting that at its heart was the kind of love that can usher in total release. But once I realized that it is only by moving directly into what is here, fully and openly, that receiving this love in all its vibrant truth, beauty and sometimes even awe-inducing terror, I began to know the lightness that comes when I am with, totally and completely, what is true, what is here, what is real.
Lightness in lyrical, then profound peace in stillness, mark the full cycle of the wave of 5Rhythms that weekly guide me to the medicine of my own feminine soul. In the dance, I rediscover the wild-eyed consciousness at the eye of the storm that is my soul, and I once again know the sovereignty that is the purity and sacredness of life itself.
A dancer at heart, Julie would love nothing more than to live her life and do her work from the dance floor. Ten years in the practice of 5Rhythms has opened her to the joy and wildness that is at the heart of women’s creativity. A writer, teacher, coach, and yes, dancer, Julie savors life playing with her wee grandchildren & serving the women and men who are called to work with her. Julie is happiest when she is breathing through her feet.