DIANA TURNER-FORTE - Beyond entertainment . . . dance with a message
BLOG:  Musings of a Dancer

I find myself wondering about the time and energy that is required to stay in good physical shape.  It is not just about the food we put into our bodies, although that is a significant part of the life experience.  But there are other factors to consider like the media we listen to, the movies we watch, the books we read and the conversations in which we engage. We are indeed creatures of habit and sometimes major acts of will are required to produce the changes that will cultivate a difference in our lives.

I will admit that I don't spend much time watching TV or movies, nor do I listen much to the drivel that passes as news these days.  Much of my free time is spent reading, writing, listening to music or relaxing into nature. The quietness and serenity suits my introverted nature and contemplative aesthetic. However, aspects of those behaviors were established many years ago as a youngster, when television was never a central part of my life, neither was idle time, but, dance, music and reading played central roles in my life.

Forays into fantasy were less important than observing others in the reality of their own lives. Between observing others, their emotions and their physical responses to interactions with others I developed a keen sense of what was going on with people, even though I could not pinpoint any particular issues.  The body spoke for itself, no words were needed because pain, joy, and different emotions were reflected in specific stances that I came to recognize and served as information about a person and provided clues as to whether to approach with caution or greet with enthusiasm. 

Over the years watching people (from dancers to pedestrians) move has proven to be an accurate testimony to how life is going at any particular moment, even though most folks don't realize they are broadcasting. From standing with the arms along side their bodies to weight distributed on one leg or another; talking with the arms or legs crossed is a much different delivery than if both arms are relaxed or even moving and both feet are on the ground. Through our bodies we are constantly messaging, much more accurately than texting.


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