Contemplative Arts and Dancing Systems

A Complementary Practice To The Accumulation Of Knowledge

What I am sharing here is what has emerged through a commitment to following an inner compass for quite a few years by now.
This journey, at times deliberately off the beaten track and apart from conventional paths of education, led me to believe that true presence is the greatest gift we can offer to another, as well as to the land, to mountains, rivers and sea.

Consequently, I see great value and potential in developing a space for training and inquiry, using meditation and the arts as facilitators for insight and discovery.

The approach of a contemplative art form trains and cultivates a state of openness of mind and heart, a state of ‘not intending, not grasping’.
In that it is a celebration of the beauty of purposelessness.

Consequently, contemplative arts offer, to my understanding, a vital, complementary realm to a mindset based on agency and intent.

The practice of a contemplative art form cultivates the awareness of space, of being.
It supports the transcendence of needing to achieve or improve, and introduces the timeless dimension of momentary experience.
Unconditional witnessing and awareness is a realm we are not used to, and by necessity it is a realm without intention or the notion of research.

Yet, as the great Tibetan poet Milarepa has put it: ‘The notion of emptiness engenders compassion’, just as the shift in perception engenders an alternative view of the world:

„…it is assumed that everything that happens, ranging from earthquakes, to gossip, to murder, to joy, to love, to laughter, and all the rest, is an incredible zig-zag of what might be seem otherwise to be unclassifiable and disordered experience, but is, in fact, all framed within the Shivaite concept of The Dance.“ – Gregory Bateson

And so, ultimately, any activity, our whole life’s journey, may be approached as a contemplative artform.

I hope I could outline in what way this approach and practice may be of benefit for the individual, as for the process of transition and cultural transformation in this challenging time, and I would like to promote it as a complementary practice, on a personal level, as well as in the context of academia and knowledge transfer.