Working hard this year? We all do.
How about dropping it for a moment and putting on our dancing shoes?
Here is a word from a 9th-century politician, theologian and leader, a workaholic of the Middle Ages.
IN PRAISE OF DANCING
I praise the dance, for it frees people
from the heaviness of matter
and binds the isolated to community.
I praise the dance, which demands everything:
health and a clear spirit and a buoyant soul.
Dance is a transformation of space, of time, of people,
who are in constant danger of becoming all brain,
will, or feeling.
Dancing demands a whole person, one who is
firmly anchored in the center of his life, who is
not obsessed by lust for people and things
and the demon of isolation in one’s own ego.
Dancing demands a freed person, one who vibrates
with the balance of all his powers.
I praise the dance.
O human, learn to dance, or else the angels in heaven
will not know what to do with you.