The great Sufi poet Rumi said, “You dance inside my chest.” I believe that’s one of the most beautiful descriptions of love. When you feel love it is just like a dance with amazing melodies endlessly pounding inside. Sometimes the dance is a sensual tango; now and then the exciting Cha-Cha; in rare moments a Waltz while other times it is a delicate choreographed ballet. And, for every single dance in your chest there is an eternal space connecting with the universe. There is no shortage or limited capacity to what and who can enter into this joyous festivity. When your heart is opened to love everyone is welcomed. Not all will stay but the majority will have bounced, rocked, moved, and made you skip a beat.
Sometimes when I am at a loss for words (believe it or not it happens) I open up a book on poetry or quotes or my favorite inspirational stories. Each word, paragraph and page allows me to reach inside this party in my chest and turn on the music. My children, friends, parents, family, strangers and lovers begin to dance in my chest. Memories flow, not in a sad way, but in the acceptance of being present with all the ecstasy I’ve felt for each person. Who doesn’t like a great party? My heart has been broken just like every single person in the world. But, with each healing the life force in me has expanded. It has grown to allow a larger gala, celebration, and party.
On this 4th of July allow your heart to dance. May it start a new shindig and join with an old one. Allow the dance in your chest to carry you through any loneliness, sadness, mourning, lost, and Cha-Cha your way to the other side of grace, joy and love. I will see you there…beating inside of mine through our connections with Spirit.
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” ~Rumi