Movement is Emotion

A woman traces another woman's outstretched arm.

“Movement is emotion,” Alice shared as I traced her outstretched arm. She wanted a gesture that expressed joy in motion. Alice has been moving her whole life. From acrobatics as a young child to stilt walking and circus performing as an adult, her love of moving continues today. She finds great joy in her daily walks and dance classes at her senior living community. For Alice, and many others like her, to move is to live, to feel, to thrive. Movement provides as much emotional expression as it does emotional regulation. The symbolic nature of movement has the power to enhance or soothe a feeling or to share our state of being with others. How do movement and emotion show up in your life?

See the completed art piece capturing Alice’s gesture in our upcoming Feel this Way exhibit in partnership with Ruth’s Table.

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