Throughout human history, people all over the world have recognized dance as an age-old yet timeless connection to Spirit. In celebration, to mark moments of change, and in times of despair, dance has been used to seek the Divine, connect with the earth, and call into being the sacred energy we each possess within ourselves.
Carla Stalling Walter, PhD, offers readers 365 dances—one for every day—rooted in traditions from around the globe. From Polynesia to Peru, each dance is different in origin and technique but connected in common purpose: as sacred conduits for hope, love, connection, community, and Spirit. Walter provides a theme each new day, drawn from mystical and spiritual principles that originate from precolonial religious traditions. Descriptions, video links, accessibility modifications, and invitations for deeper reflection allow the reader to engage with the sacred power of dance, carrying it in their heart as they move throughout each day.
Readers who want a more active style of meditative practice will discover powerful regenerative healing and a new way to awaken. Sacred Dance Meditations makes it simple and gratifying to practice each day's dance and fulfill its intended theme. Readers can begin at any "point of entry" section and work their way throughout the year with a time commitment of just ten to twenty minutes a day. Each dance is designed to supplement any existing (or nonexistent) religious or spiritual practice, allowing all to tap into the Divine through the spirit of dance.
“If you wish to live, as Dr. Carla describes it, in the ‘temple of unlimited joy,’ she and the opus before you will be your guiding star to making ‘elation a way of life.’”
“[Walter] guides our meditation and, importantly, shares with us the ways we can carry on the ecstasy, knowledge, or spirituality we feel in movement to embrace our own humanity and the wider world. This book is transporting.”
“[A]n ecstatic embodiment of rhythm, mysticism, myth, and meaning.”