‘It doesn’t matter in what area, just keep working on your personal revolution to transform and improve yourself in the way most natural for you. The important thing is that you change in some positive way. There is surely no more exhilarating life than one in which we write our own unique history of human revolution each day…’ (Daisaku Ikeda 1996, Faith into Action World Tribune Press).
As a practicing Buddhist I’m learning that transformation is an ongoing process that can be consciously worked on everyday with my body, mind and brain: through chanting. A feature of the reality of everyday life is being able to hold the tension of often conflicting feelings, thoughts, emotions and actions. Chanting encourages me to accept the paradox of holding both sorrow and joy. The physical act of chanting is itself, transformative; it allows me to write my own history of ‘human revolution’ each day and, as I have come to understand, my own human revolution can effect change in the people I encounter from my local community to wider humanity. The ritual of chanting is an embodied practice that parallels my existence as a dancer. When I dance, I hold an intention and engage in patterns and cycles of movement that can be repeated, changed, amplified, (trans)formed and eventually incorporated into my ongoing choreographies. These choreographies then become an intervention in the world.
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