I’m not sure which of the famous Thai monks said it, but one of them claimed that you had to be at least 50% crazy to be able to dance – I think that this was Ajahn Buddhadassa but I can’t be sure. I thought of this comment today while trying to dance my way to fitness. I exercise every day but try to change things around to keep it interesting. One of my favourite workouts is dancing; I stick on some of my favourite music and just let the music take me. I tend to have plenty of grunge and indie music on the playlist so the pulse is soon in cardiovascular mode.
I would be horrified if anyone ever saw me dancing alone in my room; I usually put a chair against my office door in case my son or wife tries to come in. Despite the shame factor though I think that it is a great way to exercise; I usually get a bit lost in the music and don’t even notice that I’m working out. I work all day on the computer so I need to exercise regularly. Making it a bit more fun occasionally ensures that I keep at it. Even on those days when I really don’t want to do anything I can usually talk myself into a bit of solo moshing.
The Thai monks might be right about needing to be half crazy to dance; I’ve never made claims to be the full shilling anyway. I am determined to get back to full fitness though, and this is one way of doing it. Philosophically I may be in the Buddhist camp but in this instance I’ll follow the example of the dancing priest in Father Ted.