Witness and Behold

June 25, 2009


Friday Morning Virtual InterPlay: Witness and Behold

Multi-Generational InterPlay

Multi-Generational InterPlay

Easy Focus        practice
Witness and Behold       hand dance art
Witnessing by Cathy Ann     body wisdom
Behold Soyinka’s camp plays with Friday Am InterPlay    video
Raise Your Hand in Blessing    movement
________________________________________________________
Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh…

Easy Focus movement
• Shake out one hand. Shake out the other.
• Shake one leg. Shake out the other.
• Shake out whatever you’re sittin’ on.
• Give your face a little massage.
• Twist from side to side for ten seconds (I dare you to stop.)
• Squirm and stretch if you want.
• Take another deep breath and let it out with a sigh
• Bring your fingers to that scrunchy “give it a hard look” place between your eyes where worry collects and give them a fling. Wheeeee…..
• Settle into your body and with easy focus take in the good that is before you.

Witness art from soul: hand dance with sand
Ilana Yahav uses only her fingers to make magnificent sand drawings on glass. This piece’s theme is “You are not alone. You’ve got a friend, who will help you through your pains and sorrow and will always be at your side.

Witnessing Wisdom- Cathy Ann Beaty        body wisdom
(Cathy Ann is a life practice and untensive leader. Enduring a decade of physical challenges, she knows what a gift and through-line witnessing provides. Her new blog is http://cathyannbeaty.wordpress.com)

Witnessing is such a simple form. You simply notice
how you are feeling, what you are thinking, what you
want to do, as you watch another in play.

Witnessing is delightful because it brings such joy.

Witnessing is insightful because it reminds us that
we belong.

Witnessing is magic because it can give our body
the divine experience of dancing without lifting a foot.

Witnessing is beauty because we know our own beauty when
we see another’s.

Witnessing is simple to do, simply notice what happens
in your body as you watch another, and in its simplicity
the unbelievable beauty of being human is revealed.

Witnessing is magic because in our stillness we get to
have the other’s dance.

Witnessing is a gift, we receive the wonder of who we
are as we take in the wonder of another.

Witnessing is a profoundly simple spiritual practice that
by its nature offers ease, beauty and joy

Witnessing can go everywhere with us… because it is
simply our awareness being curious about everywhere
we go

Witnessing is great entertainment and it is free

Behold video
(two and half minutes with Cynthia’s Friday Morning InterPlay and Soyinka Rahim’s “Our Thing”Performing Arts Camp)

Raise A Hand in Blessing movement and music
When we dance hand-to-hand we often practice opening the space between us. We can 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. Take a deep Breath and Let it out with a Sigh……
To make this a dance, listen to one of phils early pieces…Enchata

Advertisements

June 19 09: Spirit Shaker

June 18, 2009

Friday Morning Virtual InterPlay: Spirit Shaker

Photo by InterPlayer Don Moseman

Photo by Don Moseman

The Love Drums with Ed Haggard      music and drums

Spirit Shaker      movement and voice

“Shaking Medicine”       body wisdom

Raise Your Hand in Blessing    movement

___________________________________________________________________

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

Ready for some toe tappin?
InterPlayer Ed Haggard leads the Love Drums in Nashville Tennessee.


Spirit Shaker         movement and voice

• Shake out one hand. Shake out the other.

• Shake one leg. Shake out the other.

• Shake out whatever you’re sittin’ on.

• Shake out your voice.

• Put one hand in the other. Bend your elbows and bring your hands close to your chest, as if holding dice. Vigorously shake your hands and say ahhhh as you shake, letting the vibrations move from the inside out.

• Shake out everything and it feels good keep on shaking, bobbing, clapping, or stomping.

• Add Ed’s rhythmic music and dance freely.

• As you “let go,” surrender anything you want to your Higher Power. If you fall into a little ecstasy, hooray.

• As you cool down, let your breathing grow quiet again, entering the calm after a storm.

Shaking Wisdom    body wisdom

Psychotherapist and ethnographer Bradford Keeney studies what he calls “shaking medicine” among Minnesota Ojibwa Indians, Japanese parishioners of Seiku Jutsu, and the Kalahari Bushmen, who all shake for healing, refreshment, and ecstatic communion. In his book Shaking Medicine, Keeney observes that when people “fall into the shake,” they find themselves, “maybe for the first time, in the kindergarten of ecstatic experience.” He writes, “Heightened arousal—whether through free movement, spontaneous jumping, or body shaking—is as valuable a transformative experience as sitting quietly in a lotus position.” Read more on this.

Every InterPlay group practices the warm up. It always starts with a little deep breathing and shaking. Check it out….and…Shake it baby!

Raise A Hand in Blessing   movement
When we dance hand to hand we often practice opening the space between us. We can 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. Take a deep Breath and Let it out with a Sigh……


June 12 09: Spirited Hand Dance

June 10, 2009
"The Unbelievable Beauty of Being Human" concert

"The Unbelievable Beauty of Being Human" concert

Hand Dancing along the way to InterPlayce     video
Spirited Hand Dance by Denise Dunbar-Winton     poem

Hand Dance Honoring Spirit and Breath music by Phil Porter     movement and music
An InterPlay Tale as told by Prashant to Cynthia     story
Raise a Hand in Blessing    movement

_________________________

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

Hand Dancing along the way to InterPlayce

Spirit Hand Dance by Denise Dunbar-Winton poem

(written at Maree Haggerty’s retreat at Yamba, Australia in which forms from Interplay helped us to connect in Spirit.)

Music entered me
Through every pore
In a pulsing sweet osmosis.
Slowly I opened my palm
And held it, as it held me.
Note by note, I lifted it,
Observed, and caressed it,
Moved around and through it
And its rhythm became my own.

I played with it, and it with me
As we swelled and subsided,
Rose and fell,
We danced an embrace
Then glided apart,
We paused in mid-air
Then tumbled and rolled like a laugh.

As we rested, suspended and weightless,
I became the harmony,
Its beat became my heart.
I breathed in my hand dance in Spirit
And wanted nothing more, and nothing less.
I’d been inspired
And was fulfilled.

Hand Dance Honoring Spirit and Breath music and movement

To “Glistening” by Phil Porter (see his InterPlay Music at  http://www.artismymiddlename.com/music.htm

Bring one hand in the air.
Move smooth and slow, then smooth and fast. Play with the music.
Include moments of stillness and breath
As you honor the inspiration within and around you.

An InterPlay Tale as told by Prashant to Cynthia

A beautiful Muslim woman living at home in a restrictive religious family discovered InterPlay. Her face could light up the room she had so much enthusiasm and energy for life. In another context she would have been an actress or leader. Yet, she was made to contain herself, shamed for her playfulness and constantly reminded to bow her head and work. The people in her family could not understand her irrepressible spirit. They blamed her for being childlike and refusing to grow up. In the process she became ill. When she “escaped” to InterPlay and was allowed to dance and sing, she wept. Could it be that her soul gifts were welcome? Back home with her family, she remained faithful to what she’d learned and found sneaky ways to release her joy. Under her computer, hiding her hands beneath her desk she did brief hand dances. The toilet became her creative sanctuary, her studio, the only safe place to restore her soul. If her family had known that she was dancing she would have been prohibited from attending InterPlay sessions.

Raise A Hand in Blessing movement

When we dance hand to hand we often practice opening the space between us. We can 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, Let it out with a Sigh……


The Festival Inside

June 3, 2009

June 5 09: The Festival Inside

Dorothy Finegan, InterPlayer/Juggler at an InterPlay Earth Day Teach-in at Georgian Court University, New Jersey

Dorothy Finegan, InterPlayer/Juggler at an InterPlay Earth Day Teach-in at Georgian Court University, New Jersey


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

The Dance of Joy YouTube video
The Festival Inside by Stan Stewart  poem
An InterPlay in the Kitchen Tale by Anne Sigler story
Practices babble and movement
Raise a Hand in Blessing movement and music

____________________________________________



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

Perfect Strangers doing “The Dance of Joy”   movement

Click here to watch this video.

The Festival Inside

By Stan Stewart   poem

I have a festival going on inside me.
Outside may be
Turbulent or mundane,
Ratcheted or insane.
Inside is celebratory.
Like a labratory
With a new discovery
Of my recovery.
I see the path behind.
I see the path ahead.
Neither are invalid.
Neither are pure ease
Nor pure pain.
Mixtures all of ingredients
large, small,
infinitesimal,
messy, neat,
required, treat.
Brew it up.
A concoction fit for
consciousness:
Enlivened awareness.
Presence.
Here.
Now.
I have a festival.
I have.
I am.
I.
Am.
I.

(“Improvised” on my handheld and presented at a retirement celebration for a member of our weekly Monday night InterPlay class with frame drum accompaniment. Copyright 2009 by Music for the Moment, Inc.  Used by permission.)


An InterPlay in the Kitchen Tale: by Anne Sigler             story

Having lived on this planet for 63 plus years I’ve prepared quite a few meals. There are some days when cooking feels more of a chore than an opportunity to infuse the ingredients with love and creativity.  Some years back when feeling bored I quite spontaneously began invoking the voice of Julia Child – describing each step of food prep as if I were speaking to a TV audience. The harsh trill of her American English amused me at least – it didn’t matter if there was anyone else around or not.  Occasionally she still makes kitchen visits if I’m not feeling particularly enthusiastic about cooking or up for washing the pots and pans. I invite anyone else to try this….or find some other character to invoke for whatever task you need some lighthearted help with.

Practice babble and bounce

Using your high voice describe doing the laundry for thirty seconds or
consider something that really makes you happy and create a nineteen second “Festival Inside” dance with hops and jumps.

Raise A Hand in Blessing          music and movement

listen to Lydian Waltz by Stan Stewart as you 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, Let it out with a Sigh……

_____________________________________

Want more? Visit Stan Stewart’s website

Enrollments are open for many Untensives including the Seattle Therapists Symplaysium, The Boston Untensive, the Oakland Summer Camp for Continual Creatives and InterPlay with Your Ancestors.

Details at http://www.interplay.org

Got Virtual InterPlay nuggets? send music, images, tales to cynthia@interplay.org