Friday, January 25, 2013
Being Present through Tango
That is what tango gives us more than anything else, perhaps. Being present in our bodies is the result of allowing ourselves to be in the Now through the embrace, tandem movement, and the music. These are the trinity of being in the Now with tango.
Embrace, movement, music: These, united, are the vehicle to arrive and linger at the Now.
What, then, stops us from arriving at the place under our feet? What blocks us from arriving to this place that is closest to us, but too often seems so far away?
In psychological trauma therapy, it is important for people to be in the Now, even when reviewing the horrific past. The Now is your body. Be in your body. Be aware of your limbic system -- often felt in your heart, neck, back and stomach. Be fully aware of your breathing: Make it deep, musical in its phrasing. Tango becomes therapeutic (good for you) when this happens. Sure, tango can be like an amusement park ride, but it can be much more than that if you are present. "Enjoy the ride" is not the tango I am talking about, although it is a phrase I often hear tangueras say.
Nervousness happens to me only when I focus on how I imagine my partner wants me to dance. The solution for me is that I dance the way I know I can. For women, however, this may be different. Maybe this would help: I notice women saying "sorry" or obviously upset with themselves and I don't even know why or if I do, it is not important.
Some say that the Now is small. The future and past seem to be infinite to the human mind. But try looking at just a slice of how gigantic the present is: Biagi brought you to a nice side step. You are on your right foot. Under your foot is a hardwood floor and an entire planet, teeming with life. Above your foot is a graceful stance, and directly above your head is the Andromeda Galaxy tonight. But that is only the first galaxy, there are many more above your head.
Being present is very big -- bigger than the universe. Doesn't the Now encircle and permeate our being and the universe? But we have to be present to see it. Tango takes you there.
Photo Credit of wheels of thinking
Photo Credit of land and sea
Photo Credit of closest galaxy to ours