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Finding spiritual wellness through dance

Spirituality is believing in a source of value that transcends the boundaries of the self but also nurtures the self. Spiritual wellness includes developing a strong sense of values, ethics, and morals. Spirituality is the way you find meaning, hope, comfort, and inner peace in your life. Many people find spirituality through religion. Some find it through music, art, or a connection with nature.

I used to define my spiritual wellness through religion. I grew up as a Christian and a couple years ago I even believed I was being called. Instead of going to seminary, I designed a spiritual journey to explore the world and open my mind to other religions, cultures, people and traditions. I started my journey studying world religions and it wasn’t long before I realized that every organized religion is corrupt and closed minded. Needless to say, I turned to other means to meet my spiritual needs. Now, I find nature, art and music to be spiritual and even though I do not have rhythm, I find dance not only moving, but healthy as well.

Dancing combines physical exercise, social interaction, and the mental challenge of following new steps. Moving to the music subtracts stress and adds joy. You’re not counting reps or watching the clock. It’s not work, its entertainment as it burns calories and fat like crazy.

Dance is a total-body workout that has all the benefits of a long run or a session on the elliptical-and then some. A person can burn off 400 calories an hour the fun way! Do that 3 times a week and you could drop nearly 20 pounds in a year without dieting. Through dance, you will tone nearly every muscle in your body, improve balance, and boost brainpower.

With so many dance styles to choose from you are bound to find something that meets your need spiritually and physically. Latin dances like the cha-cha rev up calorie burn and give you a tighter tummy, better posture, and a slimmer body. Jazz style dancing will boost your metabolism, and give you super-sexy legs. Did you know tap dance is joint-friendly because it has less impact than running? But rest assured, tap dancing will still burn plenty of calories.

Even if you are like me and do not have rhythm, do not be afraid to try dance as a new form of exercise. There are numerous DVDs on the market so you can perfect your moves in the privacy of your own home. While you are practicing, open your body, mind, and spirit to find your balance in life.

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