Ever Have One of Those Days

August 27, 2009
A Face Dance in North Carolina: Peter Buck, Jori Martinez-Woods, CC King, Cynthia Winton-Henry, Dyck DeWid, Dorothy Finnigan, Nika Quirk

A Face Dance in North Carolina: Peter Buck, Jori Martinez-Woods, CC King, Cynthia Winton-Henry, Dyck DeWid, Dorothy Finnigan, Nika Quirk

Friday Morning Virtual InterPlay: Ever have one of Those Days

“One of those days” Song by James Shattauer

Welcome the Angel Practice

“Take it Easy” video by Bill Shannon, “Crutch.”

Raise A Hand in Blessing to Mary Grigolia’s “Love Opens Up Our Bodies” chant

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

“One of Those Days” Song by Jim Shattauer, Minnesota InterPlayer, children’s music performer extraordinaire

Listen to “One of Those Days”

Welcome the Angel practice
•     Take a deep breath.
•    Open your arms like wings.
•    Give yourself a hug.
•    Squirm out the kinks of the day.
•    Shake out the day for as long as it takes.
•    Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh.

“Take it Easy” video

Like one in every 1200 children, Bill Shannon has a bilateral hip deformity — his hips aren’t round, and putting pressure on them creates swelling. Since the age of five, he’s been using crutches, and by now, he considers them be an extension of his body. Instead of feeling handicapped, Shannon has turned walking on crutches into an art form! In this video, watch Bill take it to the street, dance, skate and more — all to challenge images of disability through performance art. On the streets, they call him Crutch.

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.

Listen to “Love Opens” by Mary Grigolia

Love opens up our bodies
Love opens up our spirits
Love opens up our hearts
We’re seeds of love.

Deep Breath, Let it out with a Sigh…

For more about

Mary Grigolia http://www.marygrigolia.com

James Schattauer http://www.bigheartcreations.com/

Bill Shannon http://www.whatiswhat.com/

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Seeds of Affirmation

August 20, 2009
InterPlayers in Michiana (Michigan + Indiana)

InterPlayers in Michiana (Michigan + Indiana)

Friday Morning Virtual InterPlay: Seeds of Affirmation

Synchronicity by Maree Haggerty
Chant by Mary Grigolia
Hand holding meditation
Poem by Oliver Crichton, North Carolina
Raise a Hand in Blessing

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Take a Deep Breath and let it out with a sigh.

Synchronicity

Maree Haggerty in Australia wrote about the synchronicity of opening last week’s Friday Morning Virtual InterPlay:

I have an appointment that I need to keep in about half an hour, so was packing up my desk in preparation. I stood up to leave my desk and thought, “I could take a quick look at last week’s Friday Morning Virtual InterPlay messages.” So, I sat back down at the computer, opened my emails…and ping! There was this morning’s message that popped up! I LOVE these messages…keeps me connected no matter what I’m needing to attend!

“Love Opens” Chant by Mary Grigolia

At the end of the Oregon Untensive Cynthia requested a song I wrote. I recorded it this morning on my handy dandy little mac. Sing it at whatever pace, in whatever key pleases you.

Listen to the song: Love Opens

Here are the words:

Love opens up our bodies
Love opens up our spirits
Love opens up our hearts
We’re seeds of love.

Celebrate the love that births the seed.
Comfort one another when we grieve.
Greet each day together with the need to share this love.

InterPlay has my blessings to use and share the song, as long as you always give attribution. Enjoy! Mary Grigolia, http://www.marygrigolia.com

Hand-holding Meditation Practice
When we hold hands we form a ring. That’s a seed of affirmation. It’s said that 10 affirmations are needed to counteract one negative comment. Hold your own hand. Notice the seed space between your heart and hands. Fill it with affirming breath, movement, sound, song, words, or images. Then gather that up and plant it in your heart, your head, or wherever you need it.

Poem by Oliver Crichton from North Carolina

This I know:
Within the dance my life mends.
Its form is a circle.
And each beginning and end and sitting out
is a dance as well.
The circle is community.

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. Thrust some love seeds out in every direction. 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……


Inter-Parenting

August 13, 2009
Kairos practicing being gentle and strong

Kairos practicing being gentle and strong

Friday Morning Virtual InterPlay: Inter-Parenting
Bodypsalm            fragments from Celeste Snowber
Orbacles           video  (Leah and Ela: Lelavision)
Toddler Hand Dances      story by Leah Mann
Gentle/Strong             Practice
Raise a hand in blessing   movement and music

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

Bodypsalm

Ever had to parent someone or yourself…? Celeste Snowber has. Enjoy fragments from her Bodypsalm.

“Put your dancing shoes on
give yourself the support you need
a bigger arch for life
and treat paradox as your partner
hold it tenderly
romance her and put your
arms around the dilemmas
soften your relationship
towards not knowing.”

“Orbacles” Video of Leah and Ela (Kairos’ parents)
Loving the hard headed, strong-weak in each other?

Toddler Hand Dances story by Leah Mann

Our 16 month old is in a very primal development stage. Without clear kinesthetic understanding of where her feet and hands actually begin and end / where her body parameters end or begin, she is busy working on: “fall and recover” (good thing she is short),”catch and release” (though she only likes the first part….even if she has your nose), and  “fight or flight” (again she gravitates to the first part of this sequence….compassion and kindness are later developments?!)

So, we as a family have been working on “gentle” and “strong”.

Each time Kairos takes a swing in reaction to us or another child, we hold her hands and stroke the front and the backs of her palms and fingers (hand dance) demonstrating and saying “gentle”.  At other times we gently stroke her hair or face or feet and do cuddles (schmer-ing). When she does something with force or endurance like pushing something around the room or walking uphill or lifting big things or hugging firmly, we acknowledge her strength.  We play rough so she can understand being matched in force and understand her own power.  And within all this:

we acknowledge the emotional aspects of soft and hard.
we talk about sad and appropriate gentle response.
we talk about anger and appropriate strong response.
we practice deep breaths, noisy sighs, raspberries and growls.

When Kairos feels sad or hurt, I hold her in gentleness.  When she is calmed after whatever the incident was, I ask her if she is still a strong grrrrl. She usually holds up both arms with fisted hands to show off her muscles…sometimes smiling through tears. this is certainly a great reminder for my own self care and resiliency!!!!

In all of this, I see correlations in my work with young people:
* the teenage boy that was “creeped out” by touching another guy gently in a hand dance until we worked through a sequence of mirroring and follow the leader.
• the adolescent girl and boy learning to connect with gentleness, strength and respect as opposed to purely sexual connection in a duet.
• the montessori teacher that has been having incredible success using wrestling (k-12) to teach positive playful powerful connections and respect.

I am reminded that playful learning and InterPlay is so right on! It starts with a hand dance and them moves on to world peace…I can see the bridge! Whole body, whole being understanding. Incremental tools for evolved being.

May we all afford ourselves fullness, gentle and strong.

Gentle/Strong Practice movement practice

• Raise your hands in the air.
• Engage your muscles as though pushing or pulling. Acknowledge your strength.
• Now use gentle, flowing energy, moving in softer contact with each other.
• Our bodies know the paradox of gentleness and strength. Playfully moving, why not have it all? Or dance on behalf of the gentling or empowering support you need today?

Raise Your Hand in Blessing

“Breathe into uncertainty
knowing this is the
essence of life
and when it comes
know you are invited
once again into
the spirituality of practice:
loving-kindness towards
all that is not resolved
in your heart.”

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 Phil’s early pieces…Enchata

See more of Leah and Ela’s incredible work at www.lelavision.com


Feather Power

August 7, 2009

Virtual Friday Morning InterPlay: Feather Power

Sheila Collins dancing on the streets of Pittsburg

Sheila Collins dancing on the streets of Pittsburgh

  • Hildegard quote
  • Coletta Eichenberg pink feather healing story (breast cancer)
  • Kelly Garton Hot Pink Feather Dance Company video
  • Hand-to-hand blessing Mindy Gledhil YouTube music video “Like a Feather in the Wind”

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

“Underneath all the texts, all the sacred psalms and canticles, these watery varieties of sounds and silences, terrifying, mysterious, whirling and sometimes gestating and gentle must somehow be felt in the pulse, ebb, and flow of the music that sings in me. My new song must float like a feather on the breath of God.”

—Abbyess Hildegard of Bingen Sybil of the Rhine. Middle Ages

Story Colletta  Eichenberger, a long time  Missouri InterPlayer, tells a story about her treatment for breast cancer

Surgery was at 11:10, and I was out the door with Bob by 12:15, looking for a restaurant! I was stunned at how easy and painless it all was. Bob just called and asked about my pain level, and I realized I haven’t had any ibuprofen now for 10 hours, and have no pain. So, there you go.

Between June 25 and surgery day, I’ve had an absolute boatload of people praying on my behalf — I would guess in the hundreds, between friends, family, colleagues, and prayer groups. I’ve had two Reiki sessions, myofascial release therapy, sound vibration therapy directly on the breast and chakras, did a week of “That Camp About God and Sex”, walked a labyrinth with candles and roses with a circle of sacred women, two of whom were 14, who did a healing prayer with me at the center of the labyrinth, and took a day of naps and eating, and journaling. The day before surgery, I had my Reiki session during which my friend, Linda, placed her hands above my chest, and had a little laugh, and told me all she saw were LOTS of pink feathers!! We both thought about the color for breast cancer awareness and support, plus pink for healing, and the feathers we thought  hmmm, feather boa or ANGEL feathers!! YES!! I thought about telling the surgeon that all she would find when she opened me up would be flying pink feathers! But decided against it. One of the sacred women is an intuitive healer, who 9 mos. ago in a session saw my guardian angels — one at each shoulder — and said they were the most beautiful, magnificent angels she’d ever seen!! So, did I feel completely and utterly held and surrounded by love, light, energy and healing? You bet! All of you were there with me — all the entities of light and love carried me through that time yesterday. And thank you for your dance on behalf of me!! I cannot tell you in words how much gratitude I have for you and how our lives intersect. We are in this fabulous web of life and healing together, and I am blessed to be the recipient of so much beauty and light. Thank you! Thank you!

Pink Feather Power video
Where does healing power come from? PINK FEATHER POWER! Kellita Maloof from our first leadership group became San Francisco’s Queen of Carnaval and director of “Hot Pink Feathers”, helping women play with body, mind, heart and spirit ever since. Warning! Delightfully risqué InterPlay!

Watch the YouTube video.
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.

To accompany your dance, link to “Like a Feather On the Wind” by Mindy Gledhill.

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

Check out another kind of feather on the breath of God…a car… called “feather on the breath of god”, part of the visible trash society.