SET FREE Contemplative Dance

Saturdays, 9:15 – 12:00 pm
October 7 – December 23, 2017
@ Links Hall (3111 N. Western Ave.)

Contemplative Dance provides a container for cultivating awareness and acceptance of what is arising in the body.  The practice is simple and free of set movements one needs to learn to participate.  Each session is open to all ages and levels of experience and begins with 30 minutes of Sitting Practice with everyone seated at cushions positioned around the edges of the room.  The practice then moves into 40 minutes of  Personal Awareness Practice and finishes with 40 minutes of Open Space.

In Sitting Practice we give our attention to the breath and to feeling fully the movements of stillness.  We recall our intention to relax more deeply into what is arising and to be aware of each moment as it passes away.  In Personal Awareness Practice we bring our meditation awareness into larger movements of the body and  begin to move out into space at our own time.  We continue listening deeply to the movements of the breath, body and mind and practice trusting our capacity to care for the unexpected.  We encourage kinesthetic delight and a growing curiosity for what is unfolding,.  We follow it, listen to it and let it go.  

In Open Space we return to our cushions and enter individually, bringing with us all that has been stirred up in our practice.  We stand and bow to enter the space and invite ourselves to host this moment as a guest right here, right now.   We come and go from our cushions as often as we like and practice sitting when we need to sit, standing when we need to stand and resting when we need to rest.   “There are two rules: take responsibility for yourself, and don’t cause harm.  Sitting around the edge of the room, we become Well-Wishers and On-Lookers.  We enjoy the presence of others and the room and the light.  We witness without judgement or comparisons,” (B. Dilley).

The practice concludes with a short closing circle where each person who wishes to speak can share what they experienced and what they saw. 

This particular sequence was developed by teacher and meditator Barbara Dilley and is hosted each week by dance artist  Jessica Marasa.