26 april 2019 Caroline van de Ven

We dance… that’s life!

While preparing for my trip to New York, where I go dancing to refresh and to cheer others on their path to become a 5Rhythms teacher, I had some reflections on how life treats us and how we treat life…

These meditations brought me to Charlie Chaplin’s speech at his 70th birthday on April 16th, 1959. I like it, because it tells us something about how we develop growing older, it tells us something about the practice of life…

To me what he says resonates deeply with what I experience from practising the 5Rhythms, all the threads that we dance, all the threads that we move, all the threads that we weave; weaving wave after wave, hour after hour, day after day, year after year, a life-time… All the threads that we weave into our endlessly creative, own designed, unique fabric; retrieving our amazing body, our dear heart, our beautiful mind, and authentic soul… our pure essence…

I would like to share his words with you… as an inspiration for our dance, for beginners and oldies, for teachers and teachers to be…

“As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth.
Today, I know this is AUTHENTICITY

As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody as I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me.
Today I call it RESPECT

As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow.
Today, I call it MATURITY

As I began to love myself I quit steeling my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm.
Today, I call it SIMPLICITY

As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health-food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism.
Today I know it is LOVE OF ONESELF

As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right and ever since I was wrong less of the time.Today I discovered that is MODESTY

As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worry about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where EVERYTHING is happening.
Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it FULFILLMENT

As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But as I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally.
Today I call this connection WISDOM OF THE HEART

We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born.
Today I know THAT IS LIFE”

 

About the Author

Caroline van de Ven Caroline van de Ven is 5Ritmes® docent en lid van de 5Rhythms Teachers Association (5RTA). Zij werd opgeleid door Jonathan Horan, zoon van Gabrielle Roth, de moeder van de 5 Ritmes®. Voorheen werkte Caroline als fysiotherapeut, klassiek homeopaat en beeldend kunstenaar. Tevens is zij geschoold in Gestalttherapie, lichaamsgerichte therapie, wetenschappelijk medisch onderzoek en diverse dansvormen (klassiek, beat- & jazzballet). Ook deed zij een opleiding Rouwverwerking om mensen in de dans te kunnen begeleiden bij verlies (verlies van een geliefde door overlijden, maar ook verlies van gezondheid, werk, relatie, etc.). Momenteel geeft en organiseert zij 5 Ritmes® lessen, workshops en lezingen. Daarnaast assisteert zij collega’s bij hun workshops in binnen- en buitenland. Haar thuisbasis is in Beek-Ubbergen, vlakbij Nijmegen; van daaruit reist zij graag, ze geeft ook les in Zuid-Limburg en incidenteel in Keulen en Düsseldorf in Duitsland en in Linz in Oostenrijk. Het dansen van de 5 Ritmes®, bewegend mediteren, is haar leefstijl geworden.