Why try and re-create the wheel? Here’s a quote collage expressing the idea that dancing is living and living dancing. Enjoy!
“To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak” – 1
“While I dance I cannot judge, I cannot hate, I cannot separate myself from life. I can only be joyful and whole. That is why I dance.”-2
AND AS LIFE HAPPENS REMEMBER
“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”-3
1–Derrick “Suwaima” Davis, Hopi/Chocktaw Indian
What are Goans like? Susegad I say, describing our culture. It is about savoring life, and being in the moment. About taking the time you need without worry. Enjoying feni, fish curry, rice, music, life. Yet it is also so much more.
Susegad is derived from the Portuguese word socegado, meaning quiet. For many it is inextricably linked with the laid back or relaxed cultural lifestyle of Goa, a state in India. Along with this can come the negative stereotype of Goans as lazy, lacking ambition, indolent…but, relaxed or laid back does not need to be so. Our ambition is simply tempered by finding fulfillment in the living experience of the now. The susegad concept, is contentment of/in life brought about by fulfillment in living one’s ikigai – one’s life purpose – or even the pursuit of it. (I know it is quite a mouthful, but it is difficult to describe something that the English language does not have a direct translation for.)
In our modern stress filled and hectic lives we are so busy in doing that we forget the part about experiencing life, about life having meaning, a purpose. It is illustrative I cannot find English equivalents for holistic living concepts like susegad and ikigai. If it is not part of our vocabulary it is not part of our life.
I have treasured the ikigai concept from the Japanese – it is even part of my blog title. Now I am delighted to share susegad from the Goans, from my cultural roots. These are words that force us to consider life holistically. Are there any others out there? If you have similar word concepts to share please add them by commenting on this post.
We crawl, and then transform ourselves so we can fly
Die many little deaths, to be born/start anew…
(In the first three lines similarity can be seen from something I read in “No Perfect People Allowed” by John Burke.)
Life is a dance and dance is life. One cannot dance without being alive and one cannot live without dancing. I’m not limiting myself to the strict dance styles of partner dance, or even freestyle, but expanding the word choice of dance to cover all poetry in motion. One only needs to look to see the rhythms that play out around and within us from the sound of water or wind to the music that our bodies make – the pulsing of blood to the drum beat of the heart. And what better way to describe life’s dance than “ikigai” that something which makes life worth living. So, this is an all encompassing blog, sharing my observations and ranging from religion/spirituality and poetry to cooking, dance and other passions. There is a definite bias to dance in all, I admit and forewarn.