Therapy Without Words

You know how we sometimes feel paralysed by the surmount of unpleasant chatter between our ears?  The state where visualising a way out of that tunnel seems daunting, hopeless, filled with self-doubt?

The cocktail of music and movement has been my red pill (Matrix movie reference).  The need to unplug from the Matrix of self-imposed disappointments supersedes the appeal of remaining in the comfort of anxiety.  

Struggles come in various shapes and forms for us all.  While comparing unfortunate events with others is not served as an invalidation of our challenges, the perspective gain can certainly help us reframe our situations.  

My movement choices reflect some of my mental struggles.  Like how Brazilian jiu-jitsu develops critical thinking ability, how pole practice deepens self-love, how movement stirs up curiosity for experiments and how dance expresses without words.

Because sometimes, I just don’t have the words to describe where I am in the quantum world.  The right music, dance and mindset become a conduit for co-existing words like fear and gratitude to be sensed in movement.

Thus, my physical practices influence my mind, and my mind re-dictates physical choices. 

Get through emotions by being in motion.

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This post was inspired by the question of how dance and movement helped me in my cancer journey, asked by the team at Babel Dance on World Cancer Day. I absolutely loved dancing with Maybelline, rocking my Tap Cancer Out tee ❤

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In conjunction with World Cancer Day, we’d like you to meet @theemilytan, a Malaysian, Hong Kong-based fitness guru & entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in the wellness industry as a performer, practitioner & teacher. Since her cancer diagnosis in April 2018, Emily has underwent multiple bouts of chemotherapy & a bone marrow transplant in December 2018. She’s currently on immunosuppressants & other medication required under post-transplant care but that doesn’t stop her from dancing. ♥️ . Here’s a little note from her: You know how we sometimes feel paralyzed by the surmount of unpleasant chatter between our ears? The state where visualizing a way out of that tunnel seems daunting, hopeless, filled with self-doubt? The cocktail of music and movement has been my red pill (Matrix movie reference). The need to unplug from the Matrix of self-imposed disappointments supersedes the appeal of remaining in the comfort of anxiety. Struggles come in various shapes and forms for us all. While comparing unfortunate events with others is not served as an invalidation of our challenges, the perspective gain can certainly help us reframe our situations. My movement choices reflect some of my mental struggles. Like how Brazilian jiu-jitsu develops critical thinking ability, how pole practice deepens self-love, how movement stirs up curiosity for experiments and how dance expresses without words. Because sometimes, I just don’t have the words to describe where I am in the quantum world. The right music, dance and mindset become a conduit for co-existing words like fear and gratitude to be sensed in movement. Thus, my physical practices influence my mind, and my mind re-dictates physical choices. Get through emotions by being in motion. #DanceBabelDance #WorldCancerDay #TapCancerOut #GRIIND

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