GoddessLife's Woman of the Week Wednesdays - Martha Graham

GoddessLife's Woman of the Week Wednesdays - Martha Graham

It's GoddessLife Woman of the Week Wednesday! Here at GoddessLife HQ, we feature a woman who embodies the highest possible expression of her nature. Honoring the brilliance in other women will help all of us on our path to living our own true potential.

Martha Graham was the dancer and choreographer who single-handedly invented a revolutionary new dance language.She is widely considered one the greatest artists of the 20th Century. Her methods are routinely taught today in studios the world. They are a part of the air that every contemporary dancer breathes.

Graham started her career at the ripe age of twenty (which is considered late for a dancer) and was told that she was too old to begin to dance and that her body did not have the correct build for it. Fortunately, she did not give up her dream of being a dancer and her final performance as a dancer was at the remarkable age of 76!

Her profound quotes about dance can be interpreted as lessons of life. This is my favorite: "There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open." 

This photo is a poster from Apple's "Think Different" campaign. I love it because she raised the status of dancer to such extraordinary heights, that she is included amongst other visionaries as: Albert Einstein, John Lennon, Gandhi, Miles Davis, Jim Henson, Jane Goodall, Bob Dylan and Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

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