Someone recently asked me …
Am I still one of your Right People if I don’t like Shiva Nata?
Oh, bless your heart. Of course, sweetpea.
No one likes Shiva Nata. Well, that’s not true. Lots of people do. I have no idea what’s wrong with them though.*
* It’s probably the students who have done it with me in person when we get all silly. I’ll bet they like it. Ridiculous.
But really? Not liking it? So completely normal.
In no particular order.
- Dance of Shiva brings a ton of awareness to patterns in your life that you didn’t necessarily want to know about.
- It’s hard.
- There is no room for perfectionism: you’re going to be bad at it.
- You’re always supposed to be making it harder — you never get to enjoy being good at it.
- If you’re doing it right, you’re doing it wrong.
- Coordination is annoying because most of us don’t have any (not that we need to in order to be Shivanauts).
Fine. It’s not likable!
But then … why would you do it? Why would you keep doing it anyway when you don’t like it?
I wrote that post a couple weeks ago.
But if you don’t like Shiva Nata, I get it. Most of the time I don’t like it either. You have full permission to not like.
You can totally not like it and still be one of my Right People.
You can not like it and keep on not liking it.
We’re still going to keep doing it, though. We’ll keep doing it and we’ll keep finding ways to deconstruct the challenge, so that the emphasis is less on the hard and more on what we’re learning.
And sometimes we’ll scream and cry and throw things.
That counts too.