"Meditating on life,

I feel obliged to respect

any will of life around me,

for being equal to mine".

 

 Albert Schweitzer 

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What is Biodanza?

Biodanza, the  dance of life, is a system of human development, self-knowledge, integration and growth that aims to develop the innate potential to create a healthy identity.

 According to Rolando Toro, its creator:

"Biodanza is a system of human integration, organic renewal, affective reeducation and relearning of the original functions of life. Its methodology consists in inducing integrative experiences through music, singing, movement and situations of group encounter"

Biodanza helps you restore your harmony, through the integration between what you feel, what you think and how you act in your life. Thus communication flows, making it  to happen naturally.

It is an opportunity for all those who want to connect with their own body, their emotions, feelings and affections, in search of an expressive body language through "vivencia", which is defined as: intense feeling of living "here and now" , which will lead each one to build a life based on a true communion with himself, with the other, with nature and, ultimately, with his own life.

Biodanza achieves:

  • To make life richer, fulfilling, fun and creative
  • To rescue the essence of each one, without guilty and without fears
  • To increase self-esteem, courage and joy
  • To integrate feelings with action and thoughts
  • To develop the capacity to love, so that relationships are lived with depth and harmony
  • To promote better health and to reduce stress
LINES OF VIVENCIA

The path to health is moving through the development of our genetic potential. This potential is expressed in five universal functions, common to all people, which Biodanza summarizes in five large groups called Lines of Vivencia:

  • Vitality: Increased joy of life, vital momentum (energy available for action), motor integration, neurovegetative balance, endogenous mood enhancement.

  • Sexuality: Awakening the source of desire, increased pleasure, connection with sexual identity, decreased sexual repression.

  • Creativity: Ability to express, innovate and build. Transit through new roads, expression of new possibilities ...

  • Affectivity: Ability to bond with other people through love, friendship, altruism and empathy.

  • Transcendence: Connection with nature, feeling of belonging to the universe.

BIOCENTRIC PRINCIPLE

The Biocentric Principle regards the universe as a living system. The realm of life encompasses far more than vegetables, animals and man. Everything that exists, from the stone to the most subtle thought, is part of a living prodigious system.

According to the Biocentric Principle, the universe exists because life exists, not the other way around. The Biocentric Principle proposes a reformulation of our values, which takes as reference the respect for life and its sacredness and proposes the empowerment of life and the expression of its evolutionary powers.

Biodanza is, from this point of view, a poetic of the living, founded on the universal laws that preserve and allow the evolution of life. All the actions of Biodanza are oriented in resonance with the deep and moving phenomenon of life.

Biodanza employs an experiential methodology, emphasizing lived experience rather than verbal information. It allows to begin the internal transformation without the intervention of the mental processes of repression.

The fundamental idea of the good consists, then, in preserving life, in favoring it, in leading it to its highest value; and that evil consists in annihilating life, hurting it, putting obstacles to its flowering.

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The Twelve Steps

The 12-step programs (originally based on Alcoholics Anonymous) have freed millions of people from the tyranny of their addiction to alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, compulsive eating, destructive relationships, and so on.

These programs offer a spiritual (non-religious) solution to the disease that addiction entails, through the execution of a 12-step program. The power of transformation of these programs is enormous, thanks to the self-knowledge they provide and the help of the other participants in the group.

 

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However, although the steps themselves are not complicated to understand, they are not easy to follow, for the inner deep change they suppose. For this reason, many people in these communities sometimes seek outside medical, psychiatric, psychological or therapeutic help in general, to overcome certain internal resistances that prevent their recovery.

It should not be forgotten that an alcoholic, for example, is a person who has typically been self-destructive with alcohol for a period of twenty years or more. He really needs a total reconstruction ofhis behavior, identity at all levels of his existence: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

This aid, which has its mechanisms of action that act from the very roots of the potential of the human being, can be Biodanza. In my own person I have experienced (and continue to experience) the beneficial symbiosis between the 12 steps and the Biodanza, and the multiplying effect that the usual practice of Biodanza supposes on the 12 step program. As only what is shared is retained, I decided, almost from minute one of my training, to offer this opportunity to all members of any community of 12 steps willing to try it.

Today, I have the practical experience of more than 7 years facilitating Biodanza to people in 12-step groups. I announced it in several different 12-step groups: Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Codependent Anonymous (CODA), and Adult Children of Alcoholics(ACA). The invitation was extended, by word of mouth, to other communities and, finally, a group was created in which there were people from AA, CODA, OA (Over-eaters Anonymous), ACA and Alanon (relatives of alcoholics). The initial impact was quite impressive: in the first session (September 2008) 18 people attended but, over time, several did not persevere and ended the course in July 2009 with much less people. In the second (2009-2010), there was a group of about 10-12 people who regularly attended the sessions and whose testimonies can be seen later. In subsequent years, attendance varies (15-20 people usually), but the group is maintained, although with frequent renewal of people.

The experience is proving very positive, however, some of them saw that the Biodanza mobilized them too much and that they were not yet prepared for it. Others simply did not have the constancy to follow and, finally, others followed through and they really felt its transforming power. I, too, at the facilitator level, have seen that I have needed to make changes and adaptations. One of them is to get a greater degree of commitment, on the part of the people, in the attendance to the sessions. For me this Biodanza is social action and, therefore, I am giving it on a non-profit basis, but there are some expenses that the participants must face, the largest of which is the rent of the room.

The great change that has taken place during these years is the preparation of the sessions of a totally orthodox Biodanza, so that each step of the program can be complemented by maintaining and respecting in full its methodological proposition. This means that there are special sessions of Biodanza for each step in particular, in which the spiritual principles corresponding to each step are worked. For this, I have analyzed each principle and have built sessions with the exercises of each line of vivencia that best represent the principle in question. I have needed a classification of each exercise assigning to it the principle (or principles) that best represents.

An addict (this is the word universally referenced to a person in a 12-step program) is a person with a great lack of affection and very little self-esteem, so the line of affectivity is fundamental. The exercises in this line will help him to unblock himself emotionally and to grow inwardly. In order to effect the deep inner change necessary, an addict needs to rely on a Higher Power, something to which he himself must feel connected and which can be God, Nature, Divine Energy, Life or any other power of reference, health and integrity refrence, which he believes can draw him out of the moral misery in which he finds himself. Therefore, the line of transcendence is also essential. The 12-step program makes it clear that recovery is not possible without the existence and support of a Higher Power (as everyone conceives it).

The 12-step ACA (Adult Children) program says recovery comes when we integrate our inner child into our life. Our inner child is our authentic self, who gives us the inner strength and energy that ultimately generates the joy of living that an addict needs so much. One of the ways to recover the inner child, that Biodanza provides us, is through the line of creativity.

The vitality line is also always necessary to put into circulation the vital energy that allows us to carry out the whole process. Sexuality is usually quite blocked at the beginning of the recovery, so it will have to be worked with great sensitivity and in a second phase.

In summary, the essential lines for addicts are, in my experience, vitality, affectivity and transcendence; then come creativity and, finally, sexuality. Of course they are all necessary, but more emphasis needs to be placed on some of them than on others, and sequencing them appropriately over time.

STEP 1

We admitted that we were powerless over (substance or dysfunctional behavior) and that our lives had become unmanageable.

 Spiritual principles:

♥ Hit bottom

♥ Powerlessness over substance or dysfunctional behavior

♥ Unmanageability of life

♥ Surrender

♥ Release control

STEP 2

Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity

Spiritual principles:

♥ Opening to "something" bigger than us

♥ Clarity of Thought

♥ Opening of mind and heart

♥ Mental health

STEP 3

Made a decision to turn our will and our lives to the care of God, as we understand Him

Spiritual principles:

♥ Willingness

♥ Asking for help

♥ Accepting help

♥ Letting go

♥ Letting go of control

STEP 4

Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  
  Spiritual principles:

♥ Dysfunctional Behaviors

♥ Family Secrets

♥ Shame

♥ Abandonment

♥ Damage caused to others

♥ Resentments

♥ Relationships

♥ Sexual abuse

♥ Denial

♥ Post-traumatic Syndrome

♥ Feelings

♥ Virtues

STEP 5

Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

  Spiritual principles:

♥ Honesty

♥ Courage

♥ Trust

♥ Feel the feelings

STEP 6

Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

Spiritual principles:

♥ Character Defects

♥ Survival traits

♥ Feel the feelings

♥ Preparation for change

STEP 7

We humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings

Spiritual principles:

♥ Humility

♥ Patience

♥ Perseverance

♥ Commitment

STEP 8

Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.

  Spiritual principles:

♥ Honesty

♥ Courage

♥ Release our parents

♥ Forgiveness

PASO 9

Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

Spiritual principles:

♥ Humility

♥ Courage

♥ Prudence

♥ Forgiveness

STEP 10

Continued to take personal inventory and, when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.

  Spiritual principles:

♥ Self-Observation

♥ Live the moment

♥ Integration

♥ Discernment

♥ Reparenting

STEP 11

Sought through prayer and meditation, to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understand God, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry that out.

  Spiritual principles:

♥ Prayer

♥ Meditation

♥ Spirituality

♥ Transcendence

♥ Connection with the Inner Child

STEP 12

Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others who still suffer and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

  Spiritual principles:

♥ Joy of living

♥ Sharing

♥ Generosity

♥ Love to self

♥ Love to others

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