Embodied Connection Of Being Held
Posted by Jyoti on Jun 20, 2018
At the end of dinner, Zilong's mother said to me that she understood my share had something to do with dance, as I indeed had talked about my two year old neighbor who has no shame in being held as we dance new moves together, till he is comfortable to do them without being held. She expressed that someday she would like to dance with me. Several people had already left, so there was actually enough space in the room. I held her hand and said why wait for someday when we can dance right now, right here. As we twirled around, Harishda came and said she was ready for her turn to dance with the visitor. As they ended their dance, she called out to Guri to take a twirl. And spontaneously, a few others came to join, and within a minute or two, all the women were holding hands and dancing in a circle. The men witnessed this organically emerging embodied connection and someone managed to take a photo.
Dance helped us connect beyond the language, culture, age, ethnicity and all other barriers that we can't name, but carry with us. The sister who opened the circle smiled beautifully. We all left feeling we were held. As Harshida had said: sometimes we hold the circle and sometimes the circle holds us. Athithi devo bhaav - the Sanskrit saying says - the visitor is a blessing. It took Zilong's mother to visit all the way from China to set this magical moment in motion.