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In my Heart is a Song

creating music for poetic dance

December 8, 2010 by Satya

Become aware that the pulse of life is like a dance, life is flowing, you’re moving along weightless, like the branches of the trees, like the flowers, like the grass, like the ears of a cornfield moving in waves, in interaction together.          – Swami Sivananda Radha

Swami Radha’s poem, In My Heart is a Song, is the inspiration for a beautiful dance created at the Spokane Radha Center. Her poetry, love, light, music and commitment to inner growth blend with her early history as a professional dancer, and come into harmonious interplay in a choreography that touches all of us who dance her words.

Starting last January, our group took a leap into the unknown. Listening to the poem, the creative process began to flow as we brought forward mudras and movements learned from previous dances. Our group worked alone for a few months, then people started dropping by to see what we were doing. Some of them joined in the piece and offered mudras and movements that they knew. Everyone was touched in some way by what was happening—the circle began expanding.

The power of Swami Radha’s words spoke to that place of inspiration in each of us. The dance became a reflection of the evolving process of inner growth that is such an important part of her message—never static, always flowing and moving along with a freedom of spirit.

Following the Thread of Inspiration

One of the dancers, musician and composer Jed Wagner, followed a thread of inspiration and connected in a new way with Swami Radha. After celebrating her sannyas anniversary on February 2nd, a melody began coming to him. By the end of the day it had all come together: Swami Radha’s words, the music and the dance: In my Heart is a Song

Jed brought his computer to class and as we explored movements together, he would make subtle adjustments to the music. Jed’s talents were a gift: a new dimension of the dance opened up with the music. The rhythm, the precision, the beat… calling on me to listen, to be aware of the textures and nuances of life.

When we decided to slow down the movements we’d created for the last verse, I found that my feelings began to open up in a new way. I connected what was happening with how to approach a challenging situation in my life—to slow down, have more awareness, give space for feelings and intuition to enter in. By staying with the process and connecting it to our lives, the choreography revealed itself, step by step.

This piece has taken on a life of its own. At the ashram’s annual general meeting this summer, the dance expanded again, opening up to the larger Radha community as the Spokane group offered In My Heart is a Song at a soirée. True to Swami Radha’s word, we were all lifted in the process.

Moving Along with a Freedom of Spirit

To collectively create In My Heart is a Song is to bring the many threads of Swami Radha’s legacy forth from the unseen. The heartfelt joy of interpreting the spirit of her words through movement ripples within us, to overflowing. When it all comes together, it speaks of a thousand hours in Your presence.


  1. Thank you so much for this inspiring article, and for the pictures of Swami Radhakrishnananda. Swami Radha’s poetry touches a new place each time I listen.

    Comment by Utpala — December 8, 2010 @ 10:27 am

  2. The music and Swami Radha reading the poem come together so beautifully, sweetness for the soul. Thank you for bringing to life her poetry in such a heartfelt way.

    Comment by Pat Lundy — December 8, 2010 @ 3:05 pm

  3. Oh how lovely! I’m so happy to see this, having seen all of you perform this at the AGM. It was lovely and brought tears to my eyes. Hearing Swami Radha’s voice to the music was haunting and surreal. Thank you thank you for sharing.
    Love and light to all of you,
    Jyoti Heine

    Comment by Jyoti Heine — December 8, 2010 @ 3:52 pm

  4. That was lovely. Because of illness I had been unable to exercise for a long time and my body had become stiff, especially my poor neck. But sitting at the computer (in London, UK) I started doing graceful movements with my arms and head and neck to the music and now I feel quite refreshed!
    Thank you Yasodhara!

    Comment by Tamara Dragadze — December 8, 2010 @ 4:46 pm

  5. Thank you for putting this on Lightwaves. It is very beautiful.

    Comment by Victoria Campbell — December 28, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

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