I created a silly dance called the “barefoot shuffle” to annoy and amuse my wife. But I also use it to loosen up and to make my neighbors roll there eyes even more. The barefoot shuffle is as simple as it is stupid. I simply kick my feet from side to side and hop around; sometimes I pump my fists from belly button to chest. The whole dance is natural; it just sort of bursts out like a peel of laughter. As it turns out, the dumb dance has some deeper truth in it.
In the video below, Alan Watts, talks about how natural running is a kind of dance:
I agree: Running should be joyous and good running form is not force of will; it flows from the spirit–from the inside to the outside, from outside to the inside; each stride as rhythmic as your pulse. Every toddler runs that way, they all do the dance and most of them aren’t running to win a race, they’re running because they’re thrilled to be alive.
It’s difficult to experience the world when there is a synthetic barrier between you and it, which is why I tread barefoot whenever possible.
And now, some Alan Watts quotes:
“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”
“… the attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be.”
“… the only thing you need to know to understand the deepest metaphysical secrets — is this: that for every outside there is an inside and for every inside there is an outside, and although they are different, they go together.”