Gratefulness

November 26, 2010

*Thanks come from the heart
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Move from your heart
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Bring your hand to your heart

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Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh….

Thanks come from the heart in any language

Enjoy Brother David Stendl Rast’s meditation on gratefulness

Move from your heart
Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh. Let your heart move and be moved

eecummings wrote “Here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud) and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide) and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart  I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)”

Bring your hand to your heart then raise it in connection to all those who dance with you today.

Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh.


Beauty from Broken Pieces

November 19, 2010

This week’s Virtual Friday Morning InterPlay brought to you by Cassandra Sagan, an InterPlay leader in Portland, Oregon.


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Tree of Life Mosaic
*Raise a hand in Blessing

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Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh.

Tree of Life Mosaic
Almost a year ago, I asked my dear friend Penelope St. Clair to help me create a broken tile mosaic Tree of Life in my shower. Penny is a ceramic artist and had done some mosaic work, but nothing on this scale, and I had always wanted to, but had never done, anything remotely like it. We spent a couple of months reading books on mosaic art, measuring, designing, preparing, scavenging, breaking, and hand cutting (mostly Penny) the tiles. We began with the countertop, using the same colors in smaller pieces, and although I immediately fell in love with the work, I was too insecure to lay a single tile when Penny wasn’t right there with me.

A little context: my husband and I were in the middle of a massive whole house renovation, and I was way-too-incrementally recovering from a partially dislocated hip. It began to seem like my mantra was “discombobulated” because when anyone asked how I was, that’s what I usually said.

But as the swirls on the counter and then the Tree of Life in the shower began to take shape, I began to feel that, piece by broken piece, I was making myself whole. The moment I realized that tiling was a form of InterPlay—I’ve got my overarching framework, my pallet, and all I have to do is play within a simple structure—I took over artistic directorship of the project. And just in time, because Penelope was preparing to move back to Northern California, and was less and less available to work with me. I loved every moment of our side-by-side, often tush-to-tush duet. And I am completely astounded to have discovered an entirely new artistic expression during my mid-50s.

My soul sister, hiking buddy, videographer extraordinaire Cathy Zheutlin, decided that since my stubborn hip was preventing us from taking our weekly early morning hikes, she would spend time with me by making this video.

Raise a hand in Blessing: Listen to LIVING TREE by Jack Gabriel.
I sang this song about a thousand times in what we call “the shrine shower” over the million or so hours I spent tiling.

Raise a hand and let it move, dance, dip, dive, shape, and fly through the air. If an image or melody comes into your mind sing it, say it, draw it, write it. Break something and put it back together!

Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh.
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To purchase a copy of Rabbi Jack’s LIVING TREE contact him at gabriel49@aol.com.


Mystery’s alphabet

November 12, 2010


*Bring your fingers to the scrunchy place between your eyes
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Welcome to Mystery
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Bring an arm into the air
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Whisper into your hands a prayer

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Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh.

Bring your fingers to the scrunchy place between your eyes. Fling the “I need to know, i must know, i’ll die if i don’t know” focus up in the air for the next few moments.

Welcome to Mystery. Our bodies are encoded with a mysterious alphabet of grace, beauty and seeking as seen in “Blanco” by Alejandro Cerrudo — Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Bring an arm into the air. Watch the shapes change as you transcribe mystery into the air.

Mystery is in voice and words, too. Did you know there’s a whole whispering life on YouTube, people finding whispering for relaxation and play.

Whisper into your hands a prayer, made up words or words you love.
Send these words out in every direction as you raise a hand to others playing with mystery around the world.  Enjoy this music to support you if you like,


Spiritual Flutes

InterPlay teaches us to dance, sing, and speak the mystery of life. Join the practice that is mysteriously spreading around the world. See InterPlay.org


Soggy Bottoms: Down to the River…

November 5, 2010


*Consider a power greater…
*Wherever you are on the river today….
*From the Soggy, foggy bottoms
*Bring hand and heart into contact

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Take a deep breath, let it out with a sigh.

Consider a power greater…

Wherever you are on the river today….
open to something greater
Open your arms…
Open your chest…
Open your lungs…
Open your hands…
Open your heart….
Close and open again…

For the world and time are the dance of the Lord in emptiness. The silence of the spheres is the music of a wedding feast. The more we persist in misunderstanding the phenomena of life, the more we analyze them out into strange finalities and complex purposes of our own, the more we involve ourselves in sadness, absurdity, and despair. But it doesn not matter much, because no despair of ours can alter the reality of things, or stain the joy of the cosmic dance which is always there. Indeed, we are in the midst of it, and it is in the midst of us, for it beats in our very blood, whether we want it to or not. Yet the fact remains that we are invited to forget ourselves on purpose, cast our awful solemnity to the winds and join in the general dance.  Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation

From the Soggy, foggy bottoms to the heights we open through stillness, dance or humming along to Wisdom showing us the way.

Bring hand and heart into contact with community joining you today from all over the earth. We move together.

In Oakland this evening we dance on behalf of you and InterPlay at our Million Connections Weekend.

Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh.


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