Today Maggie spoke to us about the relationship between the world of the spirit and movement. There has always been a link between spirituality and movement. In archaeology we find that the Hunt has a spiritual connection. Dance has a spiritual component. In some cultures, dance is strictly a spiritual practice. Energy used for dance can lead to trance states. Group dances lead to a feeling of community, of one-ness among the dancers. Martial arts is another physical activity tied to spirituality for those who learn to practice it.
Yoga is an exercise intended for the practitioner to find spiritual enlightenment. But any repetitive task can bring on a mantra of spirituality. Sometime the church building itself is such a difficult thing to build that overcoming the repetitive work needed to build the tall spire or minaret.
Therefore, there are many physical tasks that can bring on a feeling of spirituality. Walking, running, gardening, creating art, making music are all physical activities that have been said to bring on a spiritual aspect. Even the necessary aspects of life like cooking, or cleaning can bring on a spiritual feeling inside you. When you are immersed in an activity so deeply you can become energized in the enjoyment of the moment encapsulated by the activity. Psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi called this "flow" but the concept has been widely referenced in many places. This energy was recognized thousands of years ago in Eastern religions.
From Wikipedia: "According to Csikszentmihalyi, flow is completely focused motivation. It is a single-minded immersion and represents perhaps the ultimate experience in harnessing the emotions in the service of performing and learning. In flow, the emotions are not just contained and channeled, but positive, energized, and aligned with the task at hand. The hallmark of flow is a feeling of spontaneous joy, even rapture, while performing a task although flow is also described as a deep focus on nothing but the activity – not even oneself or one's emotions."
Keep moving, stay energized! (Be Joyful.)