At Jewish weddings I've seen this dance where people stand facing each
other in two lines, and then run towards each other and meet in the middle, then
run backwards to their original places, only to do it all over again. Is there
any meaning to this dance?
The wedding dance symbolises the rhythm of a healthy relationship. In any
loving relationship, a couple experiences moments of closeness and love, as well
as moments of distance and tension. It is not possible for two human beings to
share intimate space and not go through some rough patches. If a relationship is
to be real, it probably won't be smooth.
But this tension is exactly what makes love so powerful. Every moment of
tension in a loving relationship is an opportunity to get to know each other
better. Why are you upset? What did I do to hurt you? Where did we misunderstand
each other? What can we learn from this episode?
The only reason you retreat from each other is in order to come close again.
You take a step back so you can then rush forward. The divide that was created
by your little falling out provides the fuel for you to come back together,
closer and stronger than ever.
As we dance around the newlyweds we give them a powerful message. In your
lives together it will invariably happen that each of you will make mistakes.
There will be times of misunderstanding and distance, when you feel you have
drifted apart and the love is being strained. The secret: even in those times,
never turn your back. Even when you are retreating, always face each other. If
you do, the tension itself will propel you back towards each other.
Never fear those moments of tension in your marriage. Rather see them as
doorways that lead you to a deeper connection. In the dance of love, the good
times bring you close, but the tough times bring you even closer.