A Poem from Saint Augustine about Dance – Beautiful

Before my little sister Elisha passed away she emailed me this prayer and I thought I’d share with you all.

As a dancer, this just makes my heart melt, my spirits sore and I give thanks to the feelings we are blessed with when we dance:

“I praise the dance, for it frees people
from the heaviness of matter and binds the isolated to community.
I praise the dance, which demands everything:
health and a clear spirit and a buoyant soul.

Dance is a transformation of space, of time, of people,
who are in constant danger of becoming all brain, will, or feeling.

Dancing demands a whole person,
one who is firmly anchored in the center of his life,
who is not obsessed by lust for people and things
and the demon of isolation in his own ego.

Dancing demands a freed person,
one who vibrates with the equipoise of all his powers.

I praise the dance.
O man, learn to dance,
or else the angels in heaven will not know what to do with you.”

– Saint Augustine

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