Dance of Life

All around and within us each day, the dance of life continues in its eternal movement and exchange. Life itself is movement and exchange, and from the smallest atoms within our cells, to the burning fires of the sun out there in the cold blue space of the universe, there is a constant waltz. To dance is to exchange energy from one state or emotion to another, through the dancing body. The dance of fire, realeases beautiful flame maned horses, from the cold dead wood of last years trees. Energy from the heart of the sun, captured and held within the tree, until it is released again as heat and light and wild dancing flames of light. To watch a fire, is to watch the dance of energy from sun to earth to sky again. Beauty and wild passion expressed in the flickering dipping flames.

To watch the earth greening each spring, as the fresh grass and flowers push up through the dark soil into the light, is to watch the dance of earth. Seeds sleeping dormant through the dark months of winter, release their stored energy into a wild burst of colour and form, flowing in a cyclic dance, which repeats it’s pattern year after year. The earth dances her energy into wild riots of green, splashed with the rainbows colours, before withdrawing to catch her breath beneath the soil. The earths dance is balanced in its wildness, with growth and decay each claiming their steps and shapes. 

 To watch the light filled air, ripple through the soft leaf cloaks of trees, is to watch one of the most powerful dances of air. The energy of the light, gathered softly and silently into the heart of the tree, is powering growth, and the release of oxygen. This quiet, unassuming dance holds the power of life and death for us and all the warm soft animals of the earth. This dance fills the air all around us with the energy and power which the very cells of our bodies need to consume to stay alive. Next time you watch a pool of light or shadow drift across your path, remember the dance you are witnessing. 

 The beautiful surging dance of the oceans waves, can sweep clean a shoreline, and carry in fresh nutrients and materials. Wave dances are a complex mix of erosion, corrosion and deposition. They can eat away or build up a beach, and reshape the coastal edge of our land. They can travel hundreds of miles across open oceans, carrying the transformed energy of the wind, the tides and movements between tectonic plates. The moons position relative to earth, has a powerful effect on the sea and her waves, and so when we watch the swash and backwash of waves on the shore, we are witnessing the dance and movement of energy from deep within the earth and from deep within the universe. Some of these seemingly simple dances of life which we can witness all around us each day, are in fact the visible signs of the workings of the fabric of our universe. Worth pausing to watch for a little while, the energies might even effect our bodies and our moods as we sit within them noticing. Perhaps we can release some of own stuck energies into the flow and exchange of these elemental dances.

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About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home on the shores of Loch Ness deep in the Scottish Highlands with my husband, my son and a couple of dogs. I love art which is here now and gone food and nature...but also have a passion for vintage and the ancient past! Nature is my favourite muse, with her wild ever shifting seasons. I have been using and teaching mindfulness and relaxation for over 12 years, and have yet to become any sort of expert :-) I'm a Psychotherapist and Cancer Support Specialist in Maggies Highlands
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93 Responses to Dance of Life

  1. Love that top fire shot! Also nice to see the Bass Rock. Happy Holidays!

  2. How close are we to the old religions? When one thinks of all life as a deeply absorbing and intricate dance of the elements, of ice and fire, all one can do is step back in awe! For me, the sun still drives in a chariot across the heavens, the wind is still the displeasure of a god. Lovely descriptions, Seonaid.

    • I think we are very close indeed….if we want/allow it😊 I’m with you in feeling and loving the embodied magic of the elements and forces of nature. To see and feel the sun might be pulled across the sky by horses and the moon by wolves is so much more satisfying that the pure science….although I love the science too…I just weave it into the magic💕✨😆

  3. You are tuned in so well to the Dance of Life, Seonaid. That’s why you can see it in all of these elements. Lovely and moving. I feel spring bringing a fresh dance into life myself.

  4. ladyfi says:

    Gorgeous shots – the willow tree is fabulous.

  5. Happy Spring and lovely tale of elemental dance. I especially like “flame maned horses”.

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  7. Robin says:

    Gorgeous post, Seonaid. After reading this I think maybe it’s all a dance, and isn’t that a wonderful thing? ❤ I just came back from a few days of watching the waves of the ocean do their dance, and feel filled with their rhythms. 🙂

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  9. Beautiful photos for the start of Spring

  10. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Happy vernal equinox Seonaid, your writing is sublime today!

  11. Jeff Sinon says:

    So many lovely words, I really need to step up my game! That tree! Oh man I could have a field day photographing that wonderful tree. And now that i’m photographing people I can see the possibilities there as well.

  12. Life dances in your post 😃

  13. Nandini says:

    Beautiful photos! 🙂

  14. Sabiscuit says:

    Seonaid, what a lovely reflection. Wishing you a wonderful Spring Equinox.

  15. gwynnrogers says:

    I’m chuckling as I read the comments your admirers left for you. The Dance of Life definitely inspired your friends as it is beautiful. I LOVE to dance to each season… the drama of the fire, the serenity of fall, the spice of life for spring, and the leaping of the waves as they crash on the rocks. Each season and geographical area adds its’ own rhythm to the spice of life. With our wild windstorms lately I envision the Gods doing the Merengue or possibly the Highland Fling! Thanks for your words of wisdom and your stunning photography.

    • I love your response Gwynn😊it’s filled with the energy of passion, which is just waiting to be released and transformed through you dancing✨💕✨Nature has so many different songs and dances to keep us finding new rhythms and patterns…..

  16. icelandpenny says:

    Beautifully expressed. Some Inuit carvers have, just as beautifully, have also released dancing animals from the inert soapstone — the carvings are beautiful as such, but potent for the dance.

  17. says:

    Great photos and I LOVE the sidewards gallery now that I looked on my computer !

  18. Indeed. You’ve touched upon a number of important themes. Ecological, Biological, Geological, Existential, and Spiritual. This post needs to be read and then read again. I hope those who read this post will pay special attention to read between the lines … that is where, in my opinion, these themes are hiding. Nicely done. Important.

  19. Leya says:

    Perfect. And I await your post on dances of light…feel the pressure ;-D

  20. Suzanne says:

    Dancing with the flow of life – what a lovely message to go with your prestty photos. I love the dancing willow.

  21. restlessjo says:

    There’s a lot to this dancing caper, Seonaid! Looks like you’ve got your hands full at the minute 🙂 Tripping the light fantastic!

    • There is indeed Jo….and there is so much dancing going on….where to look😵😆✨…..and then everyone wants another post…just on the dance of light in air😱where will I find the time?……I might just have to go lie down under a light filled tree for a while✨😆✨

  22. Alexandra says:

    these are so beautiful, Seonaid… I’d spend hours under that tree… so reinvigorating…

  23. Rachael says:

    Beautiful and inspiring. Thank you 🙂

  24. Great post, Seonaid. Life is all about the dance.

  25. LightWriters says:

    dancing words!! 😀 lovely!

  26. Sue says:

    Great post, Seonaid! Love the fire image, you’ve trumped me on that! 🙂

  27. I like the ‘music’ you dance to. 🙂

  28. I love all of your so apt analogies with dance. The surging dance of ocean waves is my favourite. I am a Pisces and grew up near a warm gulf, so I guess this attraction is primal to me. Lovely words and images, as always Seonaid xx

  29. A lovely, inspiring post, Seonaid.

  30. Maverick ~ says:

    All the elements, beautiful Seonaid.

  31. Sam says:

    I love to watch a fire. So mesmerising 😍

  32. Dina says:

    … what happened? … it continues … 😉 ist that BASS Rock on the last photo?

  33. Dina says:

    Beautiful post, Seonaid, we love your sentiment and fine photography. Is that

  34. says:

    Beautiful Seonaid! “Light filled air”

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