When you dance Biodanza with others
You nourish the sense that we are all brothers
One of the areas of human potential developed in Biodanza is our capacity for affectivity, described by Rolando Toro as a state of deep affinity toward other beings.
Biodanza has a specific set of dance-movement practices that can help you generate Philia love – in other words, feelings of friendship, altruism and companionship.
Philia, used literally in ancient Greek, describes the form of love between close friends – brotherly love, comradeship, and solidarity. There is a feeling of delight when in the company of each other. Common interests are present and interdependence exists, meaning you support each other but are not dependent on each other. It is the direct opposite of phobia.
Philia love grows steadily over time, where firm foundations are laid and the house is built stone by stone. It is a term used in the New Testament of the Bible to describe compassionate love between Christians and can be the underpinning for long-term relationships that include Eros in the romantic sense.
Biodanza can help to heal the wounds of the inner child
Friendships and a healthy sense of brotherhood emerge during childhood and develop when children feel safe, confident and loved.
If, instead of kindness and care, an individual’s need for love and connection is met with actions that cause intense fear, confusion and/or early sexualisation, the long-term damage can be devastating for individuals and to society.
The good news is that in Biodanza there is a set of reparenting exercises that can help heal the early wounds of the inner child.
- What do you appreciate about yourself and others in friendly relationships?
- How are you experiencing Philia positively in your relationships, at work, and at home?
- Have you ever experienced a situation when someone misread your friendship?
- Would you like to have more friends?
- Are there some things you would like to change?
This post is an excerpt with a little adaptation from 7 definitions of Love in relationships It’s all about love or lack of it, which is a longer post about the different forms of love written by Tracy Seed who is a Biodanza Holistic Educator and Coach.