Life provides turning points of many kinds, but the most powerful of all may be character-revealing moments.
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Finding wisdom in desire.
Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D.
Dreams are perplexing enterprises. They are prickly, complicated creatures. To follow a dream is to embark on a journey. By the end you will no longer be the same.
The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, writing at the end of the nineteenth century, has a message for those of us in the twenty-first: radical love.
What does it mean to be a mother?
Can ecstatic dancing promote ecological consciousness?
What do you do on a bleak day when spring seems far away?
When the story is sung, danced, and acted, performers and audience members alike cultivate life skills that are essential for health and well being.
To celebrate ten years of writing a blog, here is a top ten list of blogs I have written.
When you dance for joy other concerns fall into place. The dancing facilitates clarity of heart and mind. Priorities reorder themselves. More is revealed. More becomes possible.
I offer a playful, very preliminary exploration of “wisdom” I have learned through the study of American modern dance and contemporary ballet.
Participants all engaged in specific patterns of bodily movement designed to help them acquire a consciousness of some thing—consciousness of what?
Are the bodily movements in religious ritual simply symbolic? Why is the action of repeating ordinary bodily movements effective in promoting health and well being?
The Faith Project is on track to offer deeper understanding of how movement patterns – and practices of dancing – are at work shaping realms we assume are cerebral and spiritual.
I went to a funeral this weekend for a woman whose bright life ended far too soon. As I sat there, steeped in grief, I reflected again, anew, on how religion is dance.
How do you write a song? someone asks. I am new to this game, and am almost embarrassed to answer: “I go for a run.”
I am writing a musical called Happy If—Happy When about two artists and their five children who move from the city to a farm in the country. Why write a musical?
I embark upon this process of making mozzarella again and again without knowing for sure whether or not the cheese will be perfect. And that is OK with me.
What response is possible to an event that is as horrific as the shootings at the Pulse nightclub?
Marvin, our large, 26-year old chestnut quarter horse, had fallen in the snow, and was unable to stand up by himself. He had to get warm -- soon. What could we do?
Those who marched were rehearsing patterns of movement that enable us all to work together in manifesting further the qualities that actually marching requires.
Art is not a luxury. In the wake of the 2016 election in the United States, making and appreciating art of all kinds is more important than ever. It is vital to our humanity.
The New York Times asks: “Are we fighting thousands of years of evolutionary history and the best interests of our bodies when we sit all day?"
You’d think I’d have answered the question by now. I mean, I’ve written a book called Why We Dance. You’d think that “we” includes me. It does and it doesn’t.
Why dance when you are protesting the construction of an oil pipeline?
Sometimes, in the process of making art, an obstacle is the path, and creativity is an act of faith.
Every singular moment is a tightly textured tapestry of trajectories that began long ago and will continue long into the future. So how do we decide to move?
How a practice of drawing roses helped me appreciate the transformative power of beauty.
The title of this blog—and the book that inspired it—is What a Body Knows. The sentence seems straight forward enough, but is it? What can I know about what my body knows?
The beauty of "Hamilton," in its casting and musical styles, is that it manifests—and makes real—the inclusive potential that was there in the early moments of the United States.
What does the oldest culture of the world have to teach us about dance, spirituality, God, and love?
Three scientific studies appeared this week, trumpeting the “power of movement” in combating death, depression, and disease. Is knowing this information enough?
Kimerer L. LaMothe, Ph.D., is a dancer, philosopher, and author of five books, including Why We Dance, Nietzsche's Dancers, and What a Body Knows.