Four body- and nature-based practices to move your life force

Eline Kieft

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This piece shares four invitations to reconnect with your energy, vitality, and wholeness. Shape-shifting into an animal gives you access to a sense of life force that is unmediated by demands and expectations of the human world. With pairs or opposites, you can explore two qualities that exist simultaneously, including emotions, situations or choices. These might be in harmony or tension with each other or within you, and you can explore and learn from both without judgement or bias. Nature as a teacher provides an opportunity to walk with a specific question in mind. Through close observation, you will find guidance or answers to your question. Finally, dancing your soul back offers a danced version of soul retrieval, if you feel disconnected from yourself or from an essential quality in your life. Although they are inspired by shamanic dance practices, you need no previous experience with either dance or shamanism to try them out. You can practise them at home or in a place in nature where you feel safe and connected.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-45
Number of pages11
JournalDance, Movement & Spiritualities
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2020


  • shamanic dance
  • body- and nature-based practices
  • life force
  • vitality
  • energy in motion
  • soul

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