For years, I was a semi-closeted dance walker and runner. Under the cover of pre-dawn darkness, I would feel so darn good during a workout that I would spontaneously burst into dance.
Granted, I use the term “dance” loosely as it was really more lurching, lunging, hopping, and jumping my way down the road to the beat of a particularly bouncy song. But I felt the music in me and I just had to move.
I publicly outed myself as a dance walker in an August 17, 2010, blog on transformation.com.
But even at the peak of my dance-walking joy I would instantly resume a more traditional gait at the first sign of another human being because of the fear of judgment. While I was “caught” a number of times, the only person I felt comfortable enough to dance walk in front of was my husband, and even he let me know he thought it was a little weird.
The thing is, any time we inhibit our joy, we are also decreasing our wellness and well-being.
Think about this from an energetic standpoint. Positive emotions generate constructive anabolic energy that literally builds our bodies at the cellular level. And joy pretty much vibrates at the top levels of anabolic energy. If left alone, the natural anabolic state of our cells is optimal wellness.
But when we introduce catabolic energy to our bodies through stress and negative thoughts and emotions, this begins a destructive process that is cumulative over time. The fear of what others may think is about as catabolic as it gets.
So I absolutely loved it yesterday when a friend posted the link to Ben Aaron’s piece on dance walking.
You can bet the next time I feel so good I want to burst into dance walking, I am going to do it proudly!
And I know I’m not the only one who has capped my joy because of the actual or feared judgments of others.
Is the catabolic price you are paying in reduced wellness, well-being, life satisfaction, engagement, and success worth what really amounts to a few moments of judgment on the part of another?
And aren’t those judgments really a result of people stifling their own joy because of the real or presumed judgment of others? What do you supposed is the physical impact of the catabolic energy of judgment?
What it comes down to is a vicious cycle. The way to break it is to fully embrace Who you are and what makes you happy. Expressing your joy will help others find theirs.
What things that you love have you been holding yourself back from enjoying? How can you let go of using what others may think of you as a reason for holding back your happiness? What impact does that have on your body—and your life?
Together we can do it!
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Hi! I love you blog and just wanted to let you know I nominated you for The Sunshine Award! You can read the post here: http://cheerstowellbeing.com/2012/04/26/enjoying-the-sunshine/
Thank you so much! The nomination is much appreciated!
I LOVE DANCE WALKING! Oh…sorry for yelling! I get carried away with my enthusiasm!! I can’t stop smiling over the video in your blog! I am getting up right now to turn on some music and DANCE WALK! I love it! Thanks for reminding me how much I love it! Fun coming my way!
LOVE the enthusiasm! Glad I could remind you to tap into your joy today! Have fun!
Right on sugar! Inhibiting your joy is a huge mistake. The song I have in my head right now? There’s only one thing that I’ve never done, I ain’t never had too much fun! Too much fun, too much fun…s’cuse me while I dance walk my way on out of here =0)
Love it! Looking forward to dance walking with you! Love!
Oh Hanna! I’ve been dance walking for years – in the privacy of my home and only my family gets to see this other wild, funny, hip, crazy, let loose side of me!!! 😀 Thank you for this post – I’ll be doing it a whole lot more and letting the joy find its physical expression! To health! Sharon
Love it! The world is missing that wild, funny, hip, crazy let loose side of you! Thanks for commenting!
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Triple, Double LIKE!!! 🙂
Thank you! So appreciate you!