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  • Writer's pictureDanielleEastman

Being spontaneous.




You guys, I'm so excited for our focus this week.




You see, I LOVE schedule. Routine. Order. Predictability. Plans -- ohmygosh -- how I LOVE to plan!




But sometimes..... I can structure myself so much that I start feeling like a robot.... Doing my programmed things, in my usual programmed way, saying my programmed words, going about my programmed day.... 




The structure. The control. The planning and knowing what is ahead.... is all just sooooo comfy for me. Yet, sometimes, I find myself feeling confined by all of the boundaries, rules, limits, to-do lists, rituals, and routines I've set for myself. 




Does this ever happen to you?




If yes, and you are craving a little rewilding too, this focus is for you, my friend.




This week is allllllll about embracing spontaneity.




It's a chance where we can dance off our well-worn paths and out of our ruts. A week to embrace our wildness, our freedom, and our ability to be spontaneous.



 


What does spontaneous mean? 




spon•ta•ne•ous




adjective



performed or occurring as a result of a sudden inner impulse or inclination and without premeditation or external stimulus.



• (of a person) having an open, natural, and uninhibited manner


• (of a process or event) occurring without apparent external cause


• (of movement or activity in an organism) instinctive or involuntary




Origin: mid 17th century: from late Latin spontaneus (from ( sua) sponte ‘of (one's) own accord’) + -ous.




*According to Google, the above definition comes from Oxford Languages.



 




Open.

Natural.

Uninhibited.

Of one's own accord.


Ahhhh.... Doesn't that sound so great?




 



How we'll play with this



So this week, friends, is all about allowing yourself to be spontaneous.




In class, this might look like allowing yourself to:


• Be spontaneous in your movement


• Be spontaneous with your voice


• Be spontaneous with your self-expression


• Share spontaneously in the circle before or after dancing




Throughout the week, this might look like allowing yourself to:


• Do something in a way you don't habitually do it (i.e., sit in a new spot)


• Cook/eat/drink/order things you don't habitually eat


• Go a little rogue and be unscheduled or off your typical schedule


• Walk, drive, or bike a different route than usual


• Allow new ideas & inspirations to rise up to the surface


• Allowing yourself to step out of any ruts and explore new terrain


• Instead of planning every minute out ahead, allowing yourself to do whatever you are inspired to do in the moment


• Simply giving yourself some more white space in your week to do whatever you feel inspired to do in that moment





 



Embodying spontaneity


While we explore spontaneity, we'll simply tune into our body...




How does/did it feel to be spontaneous?




Exciting?


Freeing?


Thrilling?


Terrifying?


Wonderful?


Chaotic?


Discombobulating?


Glorious?


Fresh?


Scary?


Overwhleming?


Vulnerable?


Magical?


Draining?


Energizing?


Alive?




What does spontaneity feel like in your feet?

Your shoulders?

Your eyes?

Your heart?

Your belly?

Your breath?




 





Permission to be spontaneous.


Ok now, no cheating, y'all.


No planning out how you're going to be spontaneous this week. Nope. No sir-eee. 




We can't control it, plan for it, direct it, or prepare for it. 


We've just gotta open ourselves up to it and allow it.




We've gotta let it happen. 




But there is one thing we can do right now: we can give ourselves PERMISSION to be spontaneous.


Permission to get out of your own way.

Permission to stop stopping yourself.


Permission to move and dance and live wildly... freely... joyously... naturally... organically.... authentically.... and spontaneously....



 



Dear Self, 


I grant you permission to:

be spontaneous.


Love,

Me


 


Yessss.....




Ah - you guys! I can't wait to see you, and explore all of this with you on the dance floor. See you soon!


💛 Dani

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