“Sweat Your Prayers” – Jewel Mathieson

Why Dance? Why here?
This dance floor
my canvass, my playground
my therapist, my lover
my meditation
my church

The keys to the kingdom are rattling in my chest
the breath
the lifeline to the divine
I come here for the caress of holy spirit thru my body
to feel the beloved in my blood
for a transfusion of light

I come here for the higher powered dance
To feel God’s love blazing in my body
salvation from my small self
this body kindling for this fire

this rhythm refuge
every beat and rest of one heart
this is my tribal church
my communion
this monastery of mind

this holy place in my heart
this pagoda in my palm alms
this sanctuary in my spine a sacrifice
this temple in my torso testifying
this shrine a shakra number three freeing
this higher powered dance

this higher powered dance
this, this is why I’m here
this is why we’re here
For this dance.

Jewel Mathieson 2006

"To sweat is to pray, to make an offering of your innermost self.
Sweat is holy water, prayer beads, pearls of liquid that release your past.
Sweat is an ancient and universal form of self-healing, whether done in
the gym, the sauna, or the sweat lodge. I do it on the dance floor.
The more you dance, the more you sweat.
The more you sweat, the more you pray.
The more you pray, the closer you come to ecstasy."

Gabrielle Roth