“If you are alive, you’re never too old to do what you love.”
2 ½ years ago I started dancing again, to the kind of music that soothes the soul.
Deep. Electronic. Bass. The type that bubbles up from within the cells and fibers of my being, rattles the pain free, and opens the light within.
It’s not dance with structure like salsa or swing. I tried those forms, and they never felt quite right. As loose as they are, I wanted to be even freer than the rules and steps they put me in.
Ballet or jazz dance would be more elegant art forms to talk about, more respectable and fitting for a professional woman like me…so said a part of me. But that ain’t it either.
No. My passion, my love, my flow, gets ignited to the kind of soulful beats that reverberate through the very core of my being, freeing my mind to simply be, awakening the joy within, unlike any other thing.
It was so sad, the day I realized I was too old to dance anymore. To THAT kind of music. To THAT kind of dance.
And I did. I stopped. With the exception of a few nights out here and there when visiting friends on vacation, suddenly dancing was something “I used to love doing”…a thing “I used to be good at, love, and enjoy.”
Luckily, an even older, wiser soul stepped in, and reminded me that if you are alive, you’re never too old to do what you love. That older, wiser soul was me. The true me. The core of me. The one who knows her gifts, passions, purpose, and joy. She freed me from myself…my “mind self”…the tangle of thoughts about what I thought I SHOULD be doing…or NOT doing.
I listened, said yes, and the next layer of the invisible trap I’d created for myself began to dissolve.
I choose not to consume alcohol, nor partake in plant-based and synthetic “experience enhancers” when I go…something that is often associated with the kind of music I adore ;) It’s not a moral choice, rather, a personal one that allows me to be fully immersed in the experience I’m in. A part of me was surprised, when I found the depth of freedom, joy and ecstasy this unlocks is greater than any tonic I could consume.
And the results have been profound.
I dance my soul into life, until she becomes me, swirling on the dance floor. And she doesn’t leave me once the music stops. She has flowed even more fully into my life as time has gone by, making the impassioned YES to things that light me up so much easier, and the clear NO to things that pull me from my truth and joy a more fluid and natural part of my day.
Knowing my joy and truth on a regular basis helps that which is NOT THOSE THINGS more easily fall away.
So, on this day of love, this “Valentine’s Day” – what if you gave yourself the gift of love? What if you let yourself be truly free?
What dream or thing you love is tucked away, just waiting to get out? What lays dormant that’s ready to fly?
Let it loose my friend. Do it now. And once you do…when the joy that begins to consume you in a way you’ve never known becomes the new norm, you just might ask…what the H@LL was I waiting for?
If you’ve already put your joy into motion, what has it been like for you? What challenges did you overcome? And what have you learned? I’d love to hear from you.
If you’re ready to find that joy within yourself, to unlock the next layer, I am here. Let’s talk…and get ready to fly :)
There’s no time like the present. In fact, in some ways, that’s all we ever have.
With deepest love and gratitude,
P.S. This photo is the first of a series…a creative art project I embarked on with 4 amazing women…other soulful female entrepreneurs and friends of mine, who are making a positive difference in their lives and world.
More exciting news, and project updates coming soon. For now, stay tuned, and lots of love to you!
(Photo credit: The amazing Rosemary Dai Ross)
Lena D. Meyer is a Transformational Life Coach, Public Speaker, and the founder of Gratitude6™ and The Soulful Entrepreneurs Network™. She is ranked as one of the top coaches in the Pacific Northwest, and since 2008 has supported hundreds of people in living their most joyful, meaningful, and empowered lives.
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