When I was in college I had the opportunity to dance with the Purdue repertory Dance company. It was primarily a modern dance company. Modern dance is a form of dance that is based on the concept of your Center. Meaning all movement starts and is an extension of the core structure of our bodies. An understanding of how our spine, pelvis, and the small muscles, ligaments and tendons operate and function allow us to create ever greater movements.
The most powerful movements starts with very small muscles
These movements utilize the entirety of our body. They create dance that exudes a passion and emotion rarely found in forms of dance that don’t start from the core of our body. Beginning my dance life as an adult rather than a child meant I had to unlearn years of moving from my head and shoulders and not my center. My first teacher was vital in this training.
This amazing dance teacher would drag me around the dance floor with her sweatshirt wrapped around my waist. So I could feel what it was like to move from my pelvis instead of my head or shoulders. Her investment in my life changed the way I have moved ever since. He helped in finding my center has helped reduce my back pain and be a more graceful dancer. Holly helped change my life and I am forever grateful.
How this applies in everyday life
To live a fulfilling life of passionate purpose and destiny we need to be centered on core values and principles. These provide the starting place where all our pursuits, interactions, and plans are derived. This core becomes our Center.
Many people choose to go through life as windblown tumbleweeds. Allowing outside circumstances to determine where they go. They only react to their environment, instead of having a determined course of action in adverse circumstances.
Knowing our center enables us to respond and face the winds of adversity with purpose.
The more we develop and practice these core values and principles, the more power and strength we have to affect things outside of ourselves. Like a well-trained dancer who misses a step or loses their balance knowing their Center will enable them to recover without an audience knowing. Our core values and principles are the anchor when the winds and waves of adversity come our way.
Let others help you find your Center
Finding and developing these core muscles or core values will happen at a faster pace and with greater clarity if we have spouses, friends, coaches, parents, and pastor’s to help us find them and strengthen them. We can’t use other peoples’ core values (nor would we want to). We want to utilize their experience and questions to learn what our Center is.
Who is helping you find your center?