EPDM (ExpressivePebbleDanceMeditation) is a fusion of Expressive Dancing and the Plum Village Pebble Meditation. As a holistic creative meditation practice it connects us with flowers, mountains, water and space as meditation objects. They represent freshness, solidity, reflection and freedom. This practice allows us to express, internalize and embody these qualities with intuitive movements such as dance and other, and encourages transformation and liberation of body and mind.
What we need: We need space! Take as much space as you have. Set visible or tangible boundaries around that area, such as ropes around the dance-floor, cushions at each corner, or cover the dance-floor.
Best to have a partner, a compassionate witness, who will guarantee a safe session for the dancer, especially if blind-folded.
You might want to use eye masks (such as provided in airplanes, or simple scarfs) to get deeper into the music and your body. It also helps alleviating the feeling of shame, exposing yourself to others.
How to do it: We pair up, and the dancer stands in the middle of the dance-floor, while the compassionate witness takes position in one corner of that space.
As the EPDM-soundtrack starts, the dancer gets into meditation, bringing awareness to body and breath, letting the body intuitively move within the set boundaries of the dance-floor.
The compassionate witness will be taking care that the dancer is not crossing these boundaries by gentle touch or calling the dancer's name, and preventing the partner of moving into others or tripping over obstacles.
After the session (ca. 20min.) the dancer takes on the role of the compassionate witness and vice versa. When both have completed the EPDM, we come together, possibly with other dancers, and share our experiences.
Alternatively you might like to enjoy this practice lying down, sitting or standing.