Posted in after the diagnosis, coping with chronic illness, coping with life threatening illness, living with chronic illness, Living with Illness

Fighting or Dancing?

Getting the body to move can often be a struggle depending on your particular health challenge.  When you think about fighting and dancing various thoughts come to mind, but overall being committed to action is important.  We’ve become a culture that commits partially and then we wonder why we don’t get results.  I began thinking about this when I saw a commercial for the remake of the iconic film, The Karate Kid.  The young man is instructed in activities believing they are punishment, but in the end they make him a champ.

So what direction would you like to go?  If you want to fight it requires an enormous amount of resources.  You may have to train before engaging in the fight and it can take a lot out of you making a recovery period a requirement.  Fighting something like a health challenge on the emotional front is another story, but there are better ways of achieving health and healing.

On the other hand, dancing requires finesse.  It requires a new level of grace along with the commitment to the dance.  It means partnering and for many it may not be something you’re familiar or comfortable with in your life.  Dancing requires establishing an emotional and spiritual sense of rhythm.  This new sense of rhythm is the beat of your soul.  It can take you to new levels of consciousness.  This new ability enables you to move in and out of difficult situations with grace.  You become flexible and teachable, important qualities for health and healing.

You always have a choice as to how you will tackle your health challenge.  When you decide to fight it means you’re coming from the place of the victim and you’re fending off evil (to some degree it’s true).  When you’re not sure how to confront your health challenge, dancing provides you with exciting options.  When you dance you’re open to new suggestions and your soul is available for healing energy to enter.

What choice will you make?  Dancing allows you a sense of freedom, releasing you from the ball and chain of your health challenge.  Give yourself the gift of the dance.


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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