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The Dance of Life
 
The journey in between what you once were and who you are now becoming is
where the dance of life really takes place. 

- Barbara De Angelis

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Inside me there is a dancer. 
Inside this middle-aged body of a housewife 
There is a dancer. 
Don't laugh. 
I have danced with sunflowers 
In sandy September fields 
With fruit trees each spring, 
Blossoms in my hair 
At the lake's edge in winter 
Where tall grass and thin reeds 
Wobble on pointed toes 
In the wind. 
And in summer with the sea 
Where anyone 
Can find the dancer inside. 
Don't laugh. 
Barefoot, arms outstretched, 
Palms raised to the sky, to the birds, 
To the clouds, to God, 
Who choreographed it all, 
I danced. 
I knew every step 
And the waves stood up and bowed. 

- Elaine Christensen
 
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It's the heart afraid of dying, that never learns to dance; 
It's the dream afraid of waking, that never takes the chance; 
It's the one who won't be taken, who cannot seem to give; 
And the soul afraid of dying, that never learns to live. 

- Bette Midler and Alan Bates
 
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Those who danced were thought to be quite insane 
by those who could not hear the music. 

- Angela Monet
 
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God is the lead dancer and the soul is the partner completely 
attuned to the rhythm and patterns set by the partner. She does not 
lead, but neither does she hang limp like a sack of potatoes.

- Thomas Merton
 
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Watching quietly, listening softly, 
Dance with Life, and be. 

- Ariel

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Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!

- Psalms 150:4

 
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