In Soul Motion, inquiry is our pathway for exploring movement and expressing the form of our curiosity. It’s the tool that allows us to pierce the mystery of the startling depth of the integrity of physical movement.
An inquiry is a state of open-ended interest.
I may have a deep curiosity of the way my sternum tracks horizontal movement when I am turning around myself and that becomes a movement inquiry that I apply myself toward.
We concentrate attention to satisfy our interest when our attention is piqued or our curiosity is allowed to flourish. Curiosity is an aspect of desire expressing itself. Though focused, our attention is neither routine nor obsessive in nature; we remain at ease.
The freedom of inquiry allows us to go from curiosity and detached desire to arriving at a place that satisfies and feels complete.
In Soul Motion, we approach and engage every aspect of our dance as a living expression of our nature and state of being.
Inquiry is a natural attitude for everyone engaged in life, but this is especially true for artists, scientists, spiritual aspirants, and students, and in every field where we endeavor to bring something alive and new into the world.
Inquiry provides us with the fuel to get going. It holds us in a place of wonder. When I can dance in that state of wonder, I can consider options for any movement statement, such as how my body falls forward and catches itself in a given walking exercise.
I have a natural movement awareness and ongoing curiosity that has been with me for as long as I can remember. It is and has been part of what keeps me excited and interested in staying around.
For example, it arises whenever I walk the street. I notice my open palm sliding up and down my outer thigh and experience the weight of each leg as it falls backward on its arc of striding. It is with me whenever I go down to the ground and I sense different parts of my body meeting and pushing the surface away into a roll that has me reconfiguring to stand upright again. That surface rises to meet me as I lower my weight and pushes away from my rise upward. The surrounding floor, space, and ceiling are all in motion and they are in perpetual flux, contracting and expanding as they provide living substances to work with.
You see there is so little dead matter in our living rooms, and as conscious dancers we recognize this play with all that surrounds us. We are dancing with the space as well as dancing in it.
The benefit of this type of understanding is to embrace the wide array of life stuff that is always happening. We are never on our own, struggling with the elements of life. We are, instead, engaged in a duet with it, leading and following and inventing steps together as we move along.
I believe that it’s the desire to pursue a physical inquiry that makes each dancer an artist of movement. There is no fixed or permanent answer to hang onto. My discovery on Monday may differ from what I discover on Tuesday…