A Workaholic In Praise of Dance

Uncategorized May 24, 2018

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.


~ by St. Augustine

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.




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