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“Come on, Elizabeth, dance with us,” my cousins called from the dance floor.

“No, that’s okay right now,” I said, not budging from my chair.  “Maybe later.”

Maybe not.

Tears stung my eyes.

I dashed outside to a terrace overlooking the mountains of Kentucky.  Never mind the signs warning of bears lurking in the pitch-black woods all around me.

Deep down, I was so sad.

And this sadness was robbing me of the inner joy that’s required to dance. 

It was 2013, during my year-long spiritual retreat from the world.  This spiritual cleanse was inspired by guidance during meditation, and I was obedient to this divine directive to follow a strict regimen:  no meat, no dairy, no booze.  No sex.  No social life.  Daily yoga and meditation.  And an intense writing schedule — from breakfast ‘til bedtime — that produced four books!  That’s about 400,000 words!

I came out of this spiritual retreat with deep healing in my mind, body, and spirit.  It was amazing.  But in the midst of it, I just couldn’t dance.  The reasons are many; I believe the deep healing that I was experiencing wrenched up a lot of pain, grief, confusion, and cynicism about love, romance, and life that somehow hindered my dance muscles. 

Dancing is a celebration of life—the happier we feel, the more passionately we can dance!

But it took a while for my outer life to catch up with the hard work I’d been doing on my inner self.

Thankfully, the following summer at my meditation teacher’s wedding, I hit the dance floor in a pretty orange dress then boogied the night away and had a ball.  I was able to do this because my inner spiritual work ignited a passion for life – and a profound peacefulness and joy.  Now I am living and loving on unprecedented levels that make me tingle.

As such, I recently enjoyed one of the funnest nights of my life, dancing with my Twin and friends at a hot Chicago nightclub.

Sadness is a thing of the past.  I have never felt better about life, love, and my purpose to write and speak about provocative ideas that empower people around the world.

So, with that energy glowing in my mind, heart, and soul, I am free to dance like no one is looking!  Even when surrounded by hundreds of people!  That’s what happened Friday night at the 10th annual Glamour Party hosted by Dennis Archer, Jr., in a giant tent in the middle of downtown Detroit following the black tie Charity Preview for the North American International Auto Show.  I attended with brilliant actress and singer Jewel Evans, who proudly dances to her own beat.

As deejay Doug E. Fresh blasted sizzling beats, it was the best feeling to enjoy myself with zero hesitation or self-consciousness.

The exuberance exploding inside me, sparked by thoughts of gratitude for life’s many mind-blowing blessings, burst out in laughter as I spun under the pink, lavender, green, blue, and orange lights glowing on the dance floor.   

The moment reminded me of a tattoo I saw recently.

“Be someone who makes YOU happy!” encouraged black letters scrolled on the young woman’s arm.

Typically, we’re taught to believe that we have to find someone else to make us happy.

But the truth is, when you’re happy all by yourself, your high-vibration energy will attract the perfect partner.  I’m talking about someone who will simply blow your mind!

But first you have to let yourself dance like no one is looking!  Like you’re at home alone in the living room, blasting your favorite song, singing out loud, and dancing, dancing, dancing!

I grew up doing that with my mother, sister, and best friend, Lara!  We blasted Janet Jackson, the Gap Band, and all the hot 80s hits, and had ridiculous fun.

Somewhere along the way in life, I lost that.  Then I did the healing work on the inside.

Now the outside is a decadent blur, because I’m so happy dancing like no one is looking, and loving every heart-pounding second.

© 2017 by Elizabeth Ann Atkins

Brilliant actress and singer Jewel Evans, a junior at Bard College in upstate New York, is one of my favorite people in the world!  We share “joie de vivre” and passion for life that makes us want to kiss the air!

Brilliant actress and singer Jewel Evans, a junior at Bard College in upstate New York, is one of my favorite people in the world!  We share “joie de vivre” and passion for life that makes us want to kiss the air!