Living Room Dance Party: How to Shake the Blues Away

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It all began with Pat Benatar.

Nine years ago, Pat Benatar’s ‘Love is a Battlefield’ came onto the radio. I was at home alone, and I couldn’t help myself…I had to start dancing!

I don’t know what it is about 80’s music but I love it. I can’t get enough of it.

Since I was dancing all by myself, I felt free and uninhibited. Twirling, spinning, jumping…I was moving my body in the most dramatic way I could, and it felt amazing!

That was the day when the Living Room Dance Party tradition began. And, I’ve been dancing by myself ever since.

When ever I have my private, own dance party, I always text my man saying, “You’re missing it! Your missing the Living Room Dance Party!” But, secretly, I’m always glad he’s not there. Because, in reality, I only have Living Room Dance Parties when I’m alone. And, that’s the way it should be. You need to be in a space, free and ready to shake your rump in a way that you can only do when you’re alone.

Now…I started this little tradition by pure happen stance. It was organic; it came from within like a divine intervention. And, I’m so thankful that it did because it has been a great tool to shake the blues out of me, and to remain connected to a feeling a joy all throughout my battle to regain my health.

That’s right…I still had Living Room Dance Parties even when I didn’t feel well at all. In fact, I made sure that I danced as free as I could because I knew that I needed it to help me heal.

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There are so many pieces to the healing puzzle. And, staying in a mindset of certainty that you will recover is such an important part of the journey. I wrote all about the need for certainty in a blog post about my love for Tony Robbins, a couple of weeks ago.

So, the question is…how do you get into the realm of certainty? Well…for one thing, you need to make a decision to invite joy into your life no matter what. Joy brings light into very dark situations. And, I believe joy, just like happiness, is a decision. What ever brings joy into your life, invite it in at every opportunity — especially if you are on a healing journey.

And, you can also pump up certainty in your life by moving your body in a strong and confident way (even when you don’t feel strong or confident). And, a perfect way to move your body with strength and confidence is by dancing, and better yet, dancing alone in an uninhibited, crazy-leg fashion.

Did you know that dance has the power to reduce depression and anxiety? In fact, The Tango (a sexy, sultry, Spanish dance) is just as effective in lowering depression as mindfulness meditation.

So, here’s my challenge to you: Begin your very own Living Room Dance Party. Choose 1 to 2 really vibrant songs that you love, and move your body with exuberance, strength and joy. Even if you are still battling a chronic illness, move your body as much as you can. Feel the music and physically express what emotions the music stirs.

Have your very own Living Room Dance Party at least twice a week. Your body will love you for it, and your mind will love you for it, too.

And…while you’re at it. Let me know what it feels like to have your very own Living Room Dance Party. I would love to hear all about it.

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