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Dance, communication, and meditation
by Gerilyn Paguia
Enlightenment: The Transcendental Meditation Magazine Translate This Article
30 August 2012
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'I'm told I started dancing in my crib before I could walk,' writes dancer Gerilyn Paguia. 'I grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and spent my early years exploring a passion for dance.'
At 19 Gerilyn landed a spot on the dance team of the Golden State Warriors, an NBA team based in Oakland. 'This was fun, challenging, and a lot of work. We danced at home games for more than 10,000 fans and rehearsed three times a week. It was an incredible opportunity for me to work at a professional level.'
During this time she also attended two years of community college and became a massage therapist. 'Using my experience as a massage therapist, I started helping set up Maharishi Ayurveda health spas in San Francisco and learned to practice the Transcendental Meditation technique.'
Her first experience of meditation 'was one of total clarity. It was as if a veil lifted from my eyes and I saw everything in a different light. It was completely blissful and peaceful. In comparing my life before TM, I feel I wasn't really alive before I started meditating. . . .
'By this time, at age 22, I had been appointed one of the captains of the Golden State Warriors dance team. I felt that TM helped me to see the whole picture, to be aware of all the interactions between team members, to learn how to build a better team, and to promote better relationships. . . .
'Practicing TM has also helped me see deeper into the mechanics of dance. I remember one rehearsal in particular when my coach said, ''Where did that come from? You never danced like that before!'' '
Transcendental Meditation also helped Gerilyn 'to see more possibilities in my life. It helped me think out of the box—that I could do something different with my life. After five years dancing with the Warriors, I decided to attend undergraduate school at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, and graduated in 2010 with a major in Physiology and Health and a minor in Sustainable Living. It was an amazing thing to meet fellow students from all over the world who shared this common desire to explore the relationship between consciousness and their own field of interest.'
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