Gabrielle Roth, creator of the 5 Rhythms movement meditation concept and self-proclaimed Urban Shaman, rest her soul, was one of my teachers. While I never had the pleasure of meeting her, her books; Maps to Ecstacy and Sweat your Prayers turned me onto the movement meditation, an experience that ultimately changed my life.
Ancient texts identify 5 Sacred Rhythms which enabled the healers to reach enlightenment. Gabrielle called her version of these Sacred Rhythms, 5Rhythms.
As a teacher, Gabrielle invites us to dance the Dance of Life and embody these sacred rhythms. Using lessons from the 5 Rhythms and corresponding archetypes she provides us with what she calls, Maps to Ecstacy. This book quite literally was life-changing for me, it was the portal down the rabbit hole of sound healing. On a search to experience meditation, without the ability to sit still, I found the idea of moving meditation to be promising for me, as I have always loved to dance. Dancing has always been in my blood, although I never took any dance classes as a child. Every weekend in my teen years and early twenties was spent working out all of my angst on the dance floor. I was a regular at the hottest dance clubs in town, sweating my prayers on the dance floor without knowing that is what I was doing at the time.
I see the influence of Gabriell’s 5Rhythms movement meditation everywhere,
This month, we are exploring the concept of rhythm, each week, we will review one of each of Gabrielle’s 5Rhythms: Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical, Stillness.
Over the next 6 weeks, we will explore Gabrielle’s Medicine Mandala, which will take us through the 5 Rhythms, exploring what Gabrielle Roth calls the Shamanic tasks on the Dancing Path: Free the body, Express the Heart, Empty the Mind, Awaken the Soul and Embody the Spirit. In my personal experience, the 5Rhythms has achieved these 5 tasks and so much more! I hope you will stay with me on this journey as we explore the 5 Rhythms.