“To me” soul is in the breathing and sharing, it’s rhythm and timing. It’s in the way; we pause and exhale. In the way, we speed up our pace because we are scared or the power, we exert because the music drives us and even in the disappointment of surrendering to the one song that you can’t stand. What we sense as soulful is indeed subjective to our deeply rooted culture, and experiences and often doesn’t fit with the views of others who haven’t lived it and now observe it in retrospect and from the outside. Because for us it’s a feeling and for many, it’s thinking.
We can always teach you style, concepts, views, ideas, but we can’t
To people who are descendants of families who lived the “Blues” era, what is labeled “soul” is always an innate potential. But if by strange circumstances, those few
The Westerner seeking the way of the Yogi while traveling India will get lost in translation many a time. He will wear the prayer beads without truly understanding their meaning. Because we seek outside of ourselves for someone or some “thing” to show us the way to feel, to see, to sense. No one can do that for you unless you already know you have that potential present.
We can learn all the soul dances and steps in the world and still not understand how to be soulful. And again remember “soul” is a label. “For me” if I say someone has “soul,” I am saying this person’s talent be it writing, drawing, singing, playing an instrument or dancing touches me deeply. I feel their energy, I
Soul dancing is about sharing your joy with another person. The magic happens inside and outside of yourself the moment your soul connects with another soul. That energy is invisible, yet we feel it. We can also see it if the body surrenders to the feelings. It always grabs us and creates more joy and love. Go dance with someone you enjoy, naturally and gradually you will feel transformed.
If you choose to compete with your art, show us the real and authentic you, show us that you are tired, determined, sad, happy, nervous but also show us that you can share and transcend that feeling positively and authentically. Don’t be someone you’re not, especially if you are struggling against your natural state. When you look at your “opponent” as someone to beat, you sever yourself from the other. You divide the energy, and we see it. The soul and the feeling
That soul that everyone is talking about outstretches outward. That soul resides outside not just inside your body. Therefore, your dance should reflect that. Don’t do it because everyone is telling you to do it this way or that way. If you do not care or actually want to immerse yourself in this elusive essence while knowing all along that you may never fully understand it, you will never be able to surrender to it completely.
In the end, this article is guilty of creating the same confusion that soul stirs up. Sometimes all we can do is keep stirring the ingredients and hope we come up with the perfect mixture.
Keep stirring friends.