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Our Tension Matrix

Every person has their ways of storing tension. After a while the tension becomes pain or a troubled system like digestion. We often ignore the discomfort allowing it to get worse or confronted it with massage, medication, or a vacation.

There are many other ways of dealing with tension. I prefer to change my habitual ways of responding to stress. The three most powerful ways of changing the way I think, feel, and act are through the study of dance, music, meditation, and prayer.

(Each of these rewire the signal networks and manage the energy flow through the body, intention and thought processes.)

A favorite tension matrix for accumulating stress begins at the spine between the shoulder blades and goes up into the head. We experience grabbing sensations in the shoulders, chest, neck, and jaw.

I feel this gathering of tension when I concentrate on a project and grab with my facial and eye muscles. These tensions call on my upper body to join in the fun, and there I have it, lingering tension.

My mentors deal with tension by waking up the energy flows in the entire body. Using the help of the arts and meditation, dancers and musicians rewire the networks connecting intention, emotion, thought, and the body.

This upper body tension matrix gives way to changing the energy flow. Piano players concentrate the energy flow through their upper torso into their fingers. The agile changes of focus on musical melody and rhythm relieve the tension.

Singers connect the energy of breathing with openings of the inner cavities of the throat and the soft palate. This openness of energy flow combined with vibration in the head seal the experience of refocusing the stress.

The disciplines of meditation and prayer have ways of altering energy flow using different brain waves. These affect the entire body and open up centers of focus like the “third eye” at the middle of the forehead.

Dancers have a comprehensive approach to combining all the benefits of these disciplines plus a detailed study of energy flow through the various human networks.
Tim Hurst 05/18/18

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Must Rest Dance

Today I am exhausted and inspired beyond my ability to absorb it all. Yesterday saw Alexa’s choreography featuring Lynette Garcia at Ballet Austin. Then saw a rehearsal of Sharon’s choreography, Las Cuatros Estaciones: The Story of Human Trees. Incredibly moved. Inspired by the personal commitment of each dancer to become more of themselves.

Canceled all meetings and plans for today. Exhausted to the bone. Read Harry Potter number six until had to sleep. Slept. Woke. Hydrate. Nutrition support and juice.

Back to rest. No supplement was going to work. No reading. So I prayed and saw my life, each phase as a connector between people, ideas, inspiration. I have followed what I have been given.

Entered our living room space for dancing, singing, praying. One move and I knew, only dancing will do. And singing. Took out a reserve pair of ballet shoes. They fit me so well. They become a part of me.

Yesterday’s performances carried me. The dancer’s lifted turns sent delight through me. Realized I would not go to that level in Ballet because my belief was so strong that to learn I must direct everything.

Taking a sense of Alexandra foot work, Eurythmy agile collar bone, Floor-Barre roll from a turned out hip joint. There I was rising into a turn with the delight I wait for. A small beginning. A slight sense of the technique yet a huge experience of inspiration.

My cranium calls for hydration. My body no longer fatigued, released somehow. Now I can rest in dance or in the day’s sunshine or in a book (not Moby Dick today). Rest I can.
Tim Hurst 03/24/17