A new category of guest write on ibelivetoday.wordpress.com is kickstarting today- with a beautiful introductory article on Mindfulness- through dance by Mrs. Arti Trasi 🙂 Enjoy..
Mindfulness Thorugh Dance
Mindfulness is an attitude of the mind in which one is focused on and pays complete attention to whatever is arising in the present moment. This is done in a purposeful and non-judgmental way.
Many teachers and philosophers have extolled the virtues and benefits of an attitude of being in the present moment. But, how can we cultivate such an attitude of mind? Mindfulness techniques are a set of mental exercises that can be specifically taught, learnt and performed to realize this attitude.
Mindfulness techniques find their origins in the ancient Buddhist teachings of Vipassana meditation. The word ‘Vipassana’ means “clear sight” i.e. viewing things ‘as they are’ – untainted and uncoloured by pre-existing notions and conditionings.
In recent years, mindfulness techniques have been increasingly integrated into modern medicine and psychology. The pioneering work in this regard was done by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor of Medicine at the Massachusetts Medical School. Today, many psychologists and doctors in Australia have also incorporated it into their therapy.
Mindfulness techniques are extremely practical and effective methods to cultivate mental poise and balance, something sorely needed in our daily lives that are so often full of stress and anxiety. But these techniques are not only meant for people who are under stress or suffer from anxiety. They also have many other positive effects on the mind. For example, they improve performance and were used to train the Olympic rowing team by Kabat-Zinn. They have also been found useful in areas as diverse as dieting – there is even a website for mindful eating. Although originally derived from ancient Buddhist teachings, these techniques as currently practised are completely non-denominational, and have no religious content whatsoever, thus being suitable for all.
My husband and I were first exposed to mindfulness teachings many years ago in India, and have been practising them over the years to great personal benefit. When I was called upon to demonstrate these techniques in Australia, I incorporated my Indian dance training with these methods so as to introduce the ideas of mindfulness to my audience in an interesting and novel way.
In my sessions, I introduce the subject of mindfulness through music and dance and then talk about the techniques. We then have a few practical sessions of guided mindfulness meditation with audience participation. I also do individual follow-up sessions for those who wish to explore these techniques further.
I have been conducting workshops at the Queen Elizabeth II building at Muswellbrook and also appear on 2 radio channels, ABC Radio and 2 NM. I have had excellent feedback from my previous sessions and I look forward to sharing the benefits of mindfulness with all of you.
Mrs. Arti Trasi is a resident of Muswellbrook, Australia & has been felicitated by the Mayor on Australia day in 2013! The 2 citations she received this year were one for Australian Citizen of the year and 2nd was for Outstanding Contribution to Culture Awards for her town.
We wish her gr8 luck in her beautiful journey!!