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Dancing evolutionary spirituality

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In this poetic auto- and somatic-ethnography, I discuss common qualities between my practice of dance and Zen meditation which arose out of rifts in my Jewish upbringing. I focus on flow, awareness, presence, emergence and non-duality and show how meditation and dance with somatic awareness are bridges to the next realm in human development. I make parallels to ideas in Integral Philosophy, a map of worldwide ideas of systems that explain levels of human development and potential. I look at a few of my experiences of heightened states resulting from dance, meditation and Korean shamanic dance and conclude that meditative dance is an essential step forward in human development and in evolving consciousness.
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Keywords: Integral Philosophy; Judaism; Zen meditation; dance; embodiment; evolutionary spirituality; somatics

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Richmond

Publication date: 01 July 2016

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  • Research into spirituality receives comparatively little attention in western dance practices but Dance, Movement & Spiritualities provides a platform for those practitioners and researchers who are actively and creatively working with spirituality at the centre of their practice/research. Contributions are invited from across disciplines.
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