Sunday Ecstatic Dance Evolution Houston *Honesty* With Andy

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Sunday Ecstatic Dance Evolution Houston *Honesty* With Andy
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Honesty is a simple concept, it is an absence of deception and restriction, an open release of information. As it relates to dance, I am reminded of Shakira's song, "Hips Don't Lie." Her idea is that no matter what a person is saying in a conversation, you can tell what they are really paying attention to by looking at where they direct their hips. It is true what we become observers of body language in the dance, especially because we are strenghtening our abilities for nonverbal expression.

But to really get at the core of what honesty is about, I feel like first we have to be honest with our selves. Ecstatic dance can be a great tool for that, because we are tuning in to our own bodies, and shutting our mouths to listen for a while. So honesty can be a concept we express in our words, and speech, true. But there is a deeper primal honesty that can be discovered and communicated without the use of language. I believe this process of tuning-in to our own awareness is part of what makes the ecstatic dance experience such a richly rewarding arena for personal development.

Your mileage may vary, but my experience of our Sunday morning dances is there are multiple benefits. One, we are having fun, we are celebrating a good, clean virtue such as honesty, and at the same time, the satisfaction that comes from the social interactions in the dance has a potent impact on human happiness. Feeling connected to a community has health benefits that reach beyond the simple exercise of vigorous body movement. There are no prerequisite classes or qualifications to join for this experience. So come on out and have a good time. You just might learn something new about yourself.

- Andy
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