Open to Mystery

April 6, 2012

Welcome.

Shall we take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh? There are tears and laughter and great ee-gads inside. Shall we honor them with humble sighs or more?

To listen to the heart more deeply, moan or tone. Journey from tone to tone for a minute.

Shall we shake the tender nervous system so deeply impacted by this world? Nerves need to shake! This is more fun when someone drums.

Play is mystery’s mechanism. But, its easy to lose so I created this in honor of living and letting go. Enjoy.

Play goes sideways, just like Mystery. That’s why InterPlay is a sneaky deep  practice.

Practice:
I invite myself to do things for no good reason and to let it all go in rest. The angels, ancestors, and spirits beg us to play. Great gurus and teachers implore us to rest and say, “do not look for happiness, express it! Play with it! If you meet someone who has it blow them a kiss.”

Raising hand to hand and heart to heart,


Eyebrow dancing: Focuser Relief

December 2, 2011

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

Life does get intense at times. Give the screen a good hard look.
Yikes. Hopefully your focuser isn’t as cute as mine.

That focuser may be what people mean when they say, “I’m in my head.” Our eyes “look out” and work at things. The number 11 is great, but not between the eyes. So serious!

InterPlay gives much needed focusing relief in many forms.

How bout an eyebrow dance?

Maybe that’s too hard, like ballet for eyebrows? How about just mooshing your face around.

 

 

 

 

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

When we lighten our focus we change the world at least that much!

Or go crazy by following Theron’s exer-brows.

InterPlay is perfect for recovering serious people and people who are hard to take seriously. Come play or learn how. Go deep or stay shallow. Play big or small, change the world by playing instead of working on it. Really! Find out where to get your easy focus fix at InterPlay.org

 

Raising a hand in connection!


Dance Real

September 23, 2011

Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh…..That’s real.

Shake out one hand. Shake out the other…..for real.

Embodiment has a gift. Getting REAL. Love it or hate it, dancing for real is a NO APOLOGY affair.

I wiegh___, I’m __tall, I’m __old, I’m located at ___. And that’s where I dance today.

Remember the Velveteen Rabbit? Realness works with LOVE.

BODY WISDOM
What is your body wisdom about being real? Can you move and ground yourself in your reality? Can you shift your reality? Lighten it?

On the other hand, wheeeee,  life is UNREAL!

Take a deep breath, let it out with a sigh, and dance with Rumi–

with eyes shut, wide open. Today is the day we have. Shall we dance with a hand or dance our whole day?

Can’t dance, let me know and I’ll dance on your behalf!

Comment about dancing real? Please share.


Nonsense Loves You

June 17, 2011

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

Play is necessary—and yet—many of are under devious spells that say it isn’t do!

The Master once referred to the Hindu notion that all creation is “leela” — God’s play — and the universe is the playground. The aim of spirituality, he claimed, is to make all life play. This seemed too frivolous for a puritanical visitor. “Is their no room then for work?” “Of course there is. But work becomes spiritual only when it is transformed into play.       (Anthony de Mello, One Minute Nonsense)

Got a minute? Try a 1 minute play break taken from InterPlay and the The Life Practice Program at home practices: Really play again with 8 tools to unlock body wisdom.

Can a tiny shift make a difference? Open space? Unlock a new thong?  thing? Some people say YES!

For a one minute Dance of Life  Close your eyes. Feel your inner dancer. Is s/he moving smooth or jerky? Fast or slow? Let the dance fill and move you. Maybe Soyinka’s flute will help.

For a one minute 3 Mark Masterpiece  On a blank piece of paper, make 3 marks.  Gazing at your masterpiece, turn the paper a quarter turn 3 times.  Then decide the direction you like and write a 3 sentence poem or story about it.  Let words slide out. It’s just play.

a one minute Fake Opera  Sing your address or phone number in a opera-like voice.  With another person it might become a duet. Sing a ten second opera about the weather, the news, or your to-do list.

Hum/I Dunno/Write the truth  Some of us know better than to be certain of “knowing” anything.  Just hum a little, write or say the words “I don’t know,” and then tell a truth.

Attune to a Joyful Mover Feel the movements of a child, animal, tree or whomever. As you exercise kinesthetic identification with others notice if your own play muscles grow stronger.

Follow Nadia an InterPlayer who danced in the rain!

Take a deep breath and let it out with a siggggghhhhhhhhhhh. What a week. Wheeeeeee!


Take a deep breath, let it out with a…

April 29, 2011

One of InterPlay’s simplest body wisdom practices is to take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh. Holding your breath isn’t too helpful. Maybe that’s why earth invented laughter!

Do you need to take a deep breath and let it out with a  SIGH? ARRRRG? Wheeeee? Waaaaa! Wooooohooo. What is spirit voicing today? Go ahead, Exform! Let breath and sound move.

Breathe all the way in until you are full. LET IT GO. This is key bodyspirit work. Some ancient languages like Hebrew imply breath and spirit are synonymous. Every breath is a movement of take and give.

For the second time this week LAVA’s voices of peace invoke “world air, world mothering air” for all us.  Find a place in your body that needs or contains peace. Bring a hand to this place to rest or dance or send peace while LAVA sings.

May you “live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you need help breathing—check out a summer InterPlay experience–the leaders gathering, a camp, or an InterPlay Way for Helping Professionals Retreat on our website at http://www.interplay.org


Let the Dance Dance You

March 25, 2011

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

There is a power greater than you. It is in the djembe, in the seasons, in the movement all around you. It is seen and unseen. Life is dancing you. Let it be a dance of grace.

“Spirit Groove” Enjoy Kojo Samuels & Volker Kaczinski – Djembe, Flute & Voice

Body Wisdom Practice

Spring is upon us in the Northern Hemisphere. Instead of speeding up, let spring spring you! For those moving toward Fall, fall lovingly into the earth. Soften your focus.

Want to play with releasing co-creative insistence and control? Be a tumble weed in the wind, a rock rolling downhill, the fire of energy.

Take a deep breath. Let drum and flute drop you into the dance that is always there.

Start with a hand moving like a kite in the wind,

Let it shake,

Let it be perfectly still,

Drop back in your seat.

Let the dance of life take you on a brief spirit detour into Grace.

Beannacht (“Blessing”) Poem by John O’Donahue

On the day when the weight deadens

on your shoulders and you stumble,

may the clay dance to balance you.

And when your eyes freeze behind the grey window

and the ghost of loss gets in to you,

may a flock of colours, indigo, red, green,

and azure blue come to awaken in you a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays in the currach of thought

and a stain of ocean blackens beneath you,

may there come across the waters

a path of yellow moonlight to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,

may the clarity of light be yours,

may the fluency of the ocean be yours,

may the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow wind work these words of love around you,

an invisible cloak to mind your life.

from Echoes of Memory, © John O’Donohue

Raise a hand in blessing

Raising a hand in peace to all directions, especially to those in difficulty, we honor the changing dance of seasons on the planet, in our lives, above and below.

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

Hazel and Sampoorna: InterPlay Leaders in India

(this virtual interplay was first created and shared a year ago, March 2010.


Come Out and Pray

June 25, 2010

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

Linda Lee, Montana InterPlayer

Linda Lee, Montana InterPlayer, exforming among the trees

Play outside? Yes! Pray outside? Absolutely. The wild blue-green yonder is where it all begins.

Iznami and Iznagi: A Creation Myth from Japan

retold by Carolyn North

Practice

You are a tree. This is not a metaphor.
Hold out a limb. Be aware of your trunk.
Sway from your roots.
Your hands are leaves.
The end of the Book of Revelations says,
“The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.”
With one hand you create beauty.
Let a hand move slow and smooth.
Move your hand smooth and fast.
Move your hand in a jerky way.
Move it jerky and slow.
Place your hand in a still shape.
Move your hand from shape to shape.
Move your hand into contact with your own skin.
Now, move any way you want—crazy, wild, chaotic or free.
This is a way to play as creator and creation.

Now raise that hand and dance on behalf of water, wind, fire and earth, and all directions.
You do not have to think about this. Be the tree whose dance is enough!

Dance

Dance with AH Rahman’s “Incredible India”

Prayer

Dr. Masaru Emoto’s “Healing Prayer for the Gulf”

I send the energy of love and gratitude to the water and all the living
creatures in the Gulf of Mexico and its surroundings. To the whales,
dolphins, pelicans, fish, shellfish, plankton,
coral, algae, and all living creatures   . . .  I am sorry.
Please forgive me.
Thank you.
I love you.

Peace!

We are excited that InterPlay friend and wise, improvising elder, Carolyn North, has two important books to share. “Hearken back to what our long-ago ancestors knew—the indigenous ones from whom came the myths of Creation; and the ones lost in pre-history who erected the Standing Stones. Delve into how ancient knowledge is relevant—if not essential—for our times. In the Beginning: Creation Myths From Around the World, and Voices Out of Stone: Magic and Mystery in Megalithic Brittany are now both available from Amazon.com.


Doodle de do doing

May 14, 2010

(doodle by sybil who can't pray and can't draw a cat but found doodling helped her meditate)

Breathe in, Breathe out
Get ready for a little doodle dance.
Practice
Wanna doodle more?
Raise a hand in blessing

_____________________________

Take a deep breath and let it out with a siiiiiiiiiiggggggghhhhhhhhh.
(Wonderful to recall that breath unites us- no wonder it gets attention in most religions)


Breathe in, Breathe out

Shake out one hand.
Shake out the other.
Shake out whatever you’re sitting on.
Moosh your face around. Massage your scalp.
Say doodle-de-doo a few times.
Feel a little beat?
Doodles are good for you.

Get ready for a little doodle dance.

InterPlayer Sybil MacBeth stumbled on doodling as a spiritual practice and discovered a way to doodle on behalf of others. Now kids, churches, all kinds of folks are doodly-doo-ing it. She says, Doodling is like shaping with markers and pens and it leads her to Stillness.

Practice:
Got a paper and some pens or crayons? Even a pencil is fine. Sybil says,
1. Draw a shape. Write Higher Power, Spirit of the Universe, or God in that shape OR leave it empty as a window to the mystery of the Divine.
2. Doodle, color or shade it in as a way to invite that presence into this time-with or without words. Do this for 3 minutes. Use an egg timer.
3. At the end of the three minutes, take a deep breath; let it out with a sigh.

Wanna doodle more?
1. Draw a shape with the name of someone for whom you care for. Doodle/color for 3 minutes.
2. Take a deep breath at the end of the three minutes. Shake it out if what you were doodling about is especially heavy.
3. Repeat for others. At the end of the whole process, take a few deep breaths, shake it out.
Examples here!

Raise a hand in blessing
The spirit of play moves us beyond ourselves. Play the Noodlin Rag (thanks perry como) and raise your hand to north south east and west, up and down as you let your hand noodle around in every direction sending and receiving connection.

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

See more about Sybil on next Monday Morning’s email on InterPlay in Education


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