May 22 09: A Time to Savor

Savoring InterPlay outdoors in Australia

Savoring InterPlay outdoors in Australia

Use these five elements to have your own Friday morning InterPlay experience!

Voice of the Universe by Shazam  song
One Hand Dance on Rest and Unrest
BodyPsalm on Savoring by Celeste Snowber   poem
A Tutu Tale by Cassandra Sagan   story
Raise Your Hand in Blessing movement


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

Voice of the Universe
Shazam (aka Suzanne Cimone), a member of WING IT! Performance Ensemble, composed this song for InterPlayer Marlys Tobias’ masters thesis project: Grandmother’s Creating the Universe.
Voice of the Universe

A Hand Dance on Behalf of Rest and Unrest

Its all around us. Rest and Unrest. Restless and Resting.
Raise on hand in the air.
For ten seconds move it smooth.
For ten seconds move it smooth and quick.
For a moment move it in a jerky way
Move it jerky and slow.
Hold your hand in a still shape then let the shape change to another one.
Bring your hand into contact with your own skin.
With one hand, dance on behalf of the rest and unrest in all of us.
Notice what rises from the dance.

Bodypsalm for Savoring
by Celeste Snowber, Vancouver BC, May 4, 2009

Enough is Enough
it is way too much doing, thinking, producing
and thinking about doing more when it may
be time to do less
be less, lessen and here is the lesson
You have already produced more beauty, generosity and
work through one creative endeavor or another for several lifetimes
not to mention children you have raised, parents you have attended to
gardens you have planted, literally and metaphorically
and brought more people, projects and passions to ripening
than can be counted
you are past counting
and now it is time to be countless
and perhaps be a countess

Relax into a place of knowing
that you have already
done enough
and now is the time to


Savor all the ways you have worked with your whole heart
and loved with your whole heart:
mothers, fathers, siblings, friends, children, lovers, spouses and
even those who have left your life through natural or unnatural causes

Accept all your luxurious beauty of soulfulness that has wrapped
around those you have hold in your heart
and all the efforts you have made to follow meaning
in the world through work, words, worries and wantings

Vibrate with all that is going through you –
the rise and fall of internal waves
crashes of questions
hormonal fluctuations in a sea of ripenings

Own both your shortcomings and accomplishments
which means to name and rename what you truly
have done, don’t dismiss it in light of living into the unknown
Others own all your wonder, it is time for you to own it too

Relinquish the need to be superwoman or superman
have a funeral for doing too much
and celebrate not doing in some way
Enjoy being and know you are being formed into a wise one

You are being called to drink from the cup of serene
Each gesture is an act of love
a counteraction to a world of overdoing
an addiction to doing one more thing

when all along
the love in your eyes
the way you behold
who and what you love
is the fragrance of
the One who gave
the beautiful scent
of you.

A Tutu Tale
From Cassandra Sagan, Portland, Oregon

Our chant group got to lead Reb Shlomo Carlebach’s Shalom chant as part of an interfaith multicultural concert “opening” for a talk by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.  I’m sure many/most/all of you have experienced him before. He is such an InterPlayer! Playful and loving and most of all, simple. He had a simple message and he told simple stories, standard spiritual stories we’ve all heard. He teased himself, he is such an imp! And yet he has been part of one of the most dramatic freedom stories on the planet, a story of transformation that is so inspiring, so hopeful, so previously unimaginable. And when a panelist, after the talk, asked him what he thought about Barack Obama’s election, he DANCED in his seat, for a few minutes, just boogied and boogalooed and had us all cheering and laughing. When I was chanting I was just about 8 feet in front of him and got to look at him and chant with him.

Raise A Hand in Blessing

When we dance hand to hand we often practice opening the space between us. We can often feel that connection even when we aren’t right together.
Raise a hand in blessing. Turn in a full circle (or not) and know that others are sending blessings to you too.

Taking a deep Breath and Letting it out with a Sigh……


10 Responses to May 22 09: A Time to Savor

  1. Susan Shank Mix says:

    Savor: just yesterday I wrote in my blog about learning to savor my food. I am on a food plan for a while that has carbs, protein and veggies – and I am tasting the sweetness of fruit, the depth of rice or a tortilla, even the Extraordinary sweetness of the one teaspoon of sugar I use daily on my bowl of cereal at breakfast, and veggies by themselves and not drenched in cheese. Delightful ~ and blends right in with the savoring of InterPlay. ~ blessings and butterflies, Susan

  2. What a good idea! It’d be fun if people could leave little babbles and hand dance videos. I’m going to have to think about all the web 2.0 tricks I know to see how we could do that.

  3. suz says:

    Ohhh, Grace showed up tonight through Virtual Friday Interplay. The One Hand Dance brought me back home to myself. Major appreciation to this global commune-ity.

  4. donna presson says:

    Wow! “Bodypsalm for Savoring” gave my ailing spirit a much needed glimpse of the big picture.

  5. Marlys says:

    Listening to Suzanne’s “Voice of the Universe” gave me goose bumps. What a way to bring the wonder of the Universe to my soul!

    Cassandra, I can just see you gazing at Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

  6. Barbara says:

    slowly drifting on the frenzied day
    raise a song of peace
    a hope

    enough to notice
    all that is undone
    and giggle
    as I sit
    a momentary resolve
    to do nothing more

  7. Ray Korona says:

    I just listened to Shazam’s song, Voice of the Universe. It is absolutely fabulous and her delivery of the lyric is truly magical. If anyone reading this hasn’t yet heard the song, I urge you to give it a play and spread the word about it. There’s a hyperlink above and I’m pasting the path here:

  8. donna presson says:

    Thanks for this week’s inspiration. I am especially moved by the poems. I like how the ‘rules’ of writing poetry are like “what rules?” There don’t seem to be any ‘wrong’ notes. I feel like you writers are writing what I would like to say. It’s all so good! Bravo.

  9. Mari says:

    I love Celeste’s poem on savoring. I have been thinking, feeling, believing what she expresses so beautifully, waiting for someone to put it into words. Eureka!

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