About four years ago, I came up with a motto for this blog:
"The 3 M's of Tango: Music / Movement / eMbrace."
But now, I realize now that I was missing an essential element. The 4th M is Mindfulness.
Mindfulness is an essential element of what draws people to tango. I have had trouble through the years of knowing the difference between fun and mindful euphoria, and it has become clear as I have a regular meditative practice. Without the meditative, mindful part in tango, we may have a fun time but this fun will go by all too fast. Mindfulness brings a time-slowing euphoria.
Nearly anyone who has danced tango has experienced the difference of a tanda that haunts you forever rather than one that was over too fast and then forgotten. Sure, time goes fast when you are having fun. But meditative, mindful euphoria creates the experiential reality of time slowing or even stopping.