Yesterday October 22nd 2012; The world, our world, lost a gifted teacher, sage, guide, teacher, and master of the art of living and moving in the body. Gabrielle Roth was a woman of great vision who changed my world and our world by asking us to dance the rhythms of life. In doing so, I, and many others discovered new and enlightened pathways to self discovery. We fell in love with free, unstructured dance and found our body and made a sacred connection to something greater, something that made us feel vital, alive, connected to self, to music, to movement, to others, to divinity. Beyond the veils of spoken language Gabrielle taught us to communicate through the body in motion and in stillness. She taught us to experience movement as a way to understand how we interact with the people and events of our lives. She taught me that using the fleeting moments of now is a profound way to discover a universal force that naturally shines through and illuminates what is to make it, something bigger. This "something" is a part of humanity and spirit, that Gabrielle knew could never be fixed in form, or in language. But more as "something" given quietly, like the gift of a next breath. This is the many gifts Gabrielle has left behind for us all, the breath, a motion, and Gabrielle’s vision. Gabrielle was one of the brave ones she was committed to a life of change and discovery. I and multitudes around the world will continue to dance in her light. Using the resonance of our dance, may we do our part to carry her into her new world, where she is bound to dance for eternity as she danced for and through life.
I ask you to help me celebrate and honor the life of Gabrielle Roth, ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabrielle_Roth ) one of the world’s leaders in somatic education and movement. Talk about Gabrielle’s life to 10 people you know this week. Dedicate your class dance to Gabrielle. Take a moment to give gratitude for Gabrielle her art full life and the positive impact her life had and will continue to have till the end of days.
"To sweat is to pray, to make an offering of your innermost self. Sweat is holy water, prayer beads, pearls of liquid that release your past. Sweat is an ancient and universal form of self healing, whether done in the gym, the sauna, or the sweat lodge. I do it on the dance floor. The more you dance, the more you sweat. The more you sweat, the more you pray. The more you pray, the closer you come to ecstasy." - Gabrielle Roth
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