June 12 09: Spirited Hand Dance

"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

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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……

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