Interaction Benefits the Heart, Strengthens the Mind

This Week in Peace chronicles the exciting adventures of San Jose's own Dancer of Peace, Khalilah Ramirez. Written under divine inspiration, this column contains true stories of peace encounters in your neighborhood. This week the Dance of Peace had the pleasure of igniting the joy and curiosity of children, and reminds us that we are creatures who thrive with contact.

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Welcome and greetings to all! Khalilah Ramirez, dancer of peace, delighted to narrate the events that take place during the Dance of Peace. This multifaceted art encompasses the emotions of all who connect with it. Peace is a powerful energy and it glows brightly. Each person living has the power to shine in the spirit of peace. It only takes desire and the courage to believe in the possibility!

The Dance of Peace took place at the African American College Readiness Summit at SJSU. Five hundred middle school students from various schools gathered in the auditorium to participate in the performance. It is an exciting rite of passage for these young people. They are planning and designing their futures. People in this age group are naturally energetic. This group was magnetized by the beat of the drums! Working with my team, Akoma Arts, we clapped, shouted and cheered while the kids showcased their best dance moves! They expressed and flowed effortlessly. They brought the house down with their displays of heart, 'dabs', and the splits! Thanks to everyone who made this event possible. Your commitment to our youth is inspiring!

After the performance, we spent some time talking with the students. They were openly curious, amusing us with their inquiries and antics. One boy asked, “I just want to know, was it hard growing up back then in 'those' times?” We all took turns telling him in joking exaggeration how difficult it was. The boy walked away looking completely puzzled. We laughed and fawned over the cuteness we had just witnessed. It was obvious that we seemed ancient to him! 

One of the most effective ways in which we utilized the spirit of peace today was by simply interacting with each other. In his book, “Keep Your Brain Alive”, Dr. Lawrence C. Katz, Ph.D, writes, “Interactions with others are an important trigger of emotional response...Most people have a strong, built in need for these interactions. In their absence, mental performance declines.”

True words, yet sometimes our technology-centered lifestyles can prove isolating. Let's not be lulled to sleep by the constant comforts of technology! Make a daily practice of interacting with others face to face in real time. Human beings are born for this. It remains one of the most essential ways in which to thrive in life. When the connections are good, the heart benefits. When connections are faulty, we have the opportunity to strengthen our skills by working through things. Either way, our brains become more powerful. Our brains expand their neural networks with each encounter. The Dance of Peace is fully, actively supportive of this small miracle! Thanks and see you out there!

Related Media:
Storytelling to Uplift Others
Joy is a Sacred Pursuit
The Allies of the Dance of Peace

This article is part of the categories: Community  / San Jose//South Bay 
This article is part of the tags: Peace Dancer  / San Jose Peace Dancer  / This Week in Peace 


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