Devotion

September 24, 2009
Dancing on behalf of the Dahinar Slum in India

Dancing on behalf of the Dahinar Slum in India

Friday Morning Virtual InterPlay: Devotion

Devotion Body Wisdom

Dancing with Devotion video

Dance when you are broken open poem

Dance of Devotion practice

Raise A Hand in Blessing movement

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Take a deep breath … Let it out with a sigh…

Devotion Body Wisdom

Devotion is the act of giving your attention, interest or affection to
someone or something. Devoting time to something you love brings
ease, joy and peace. When we use something we love as a vehicle
for our devotion we may just discover things about ourselves, that
which we love and the wider world that are new and compelling to us.

Dancing, the act of connecting with life by connecting to our own
indigenous movement, can be a wonderful vehicle for our devotion.
A simple dance with your hand, a bigger dance with your whole body…
easy ways to carry our attention to that which we love.

Dancing with Devotion video

Here is a dance of devotion with a surprising discovery!

Dance when you are broken open poem

The sufi poet Rumi says it so completely:

Dance when you are broken open
Dance if you’ve torn the bandage off
Dance in the middle of the fighting
Dance in your blood
Dance when you are perfectly free
Struck, the dancer hears a tambourine inside her,
like a wave that crests into foam at the very top,
Begins.
Maybe you don’t hear that tambourine,
or the tree leaves clapping time.
Close the ears on your head,
that listen mostly to lies and cynical jokes.
There are other things to see, and hear.
Music. Dance.
A brilliant city inside your soul!
–Rumi

Dance of Devotion practice

Listen to “Voice of the Universe” by Shazam (InterPlayer and member of WING IT!) or choose a piece of music that you especially love to move to. Bring your attention to something that has captured your devotion. Will you dance with your hand? Will you use your entire body?

With music playing, and devotion in your heart, let the dance emerge.
In the privacy of your own abode there is no one to impress. This is
your time for your dance of devotion to bring you ease, joy, peace, and
perhaps something new and thrilling!

Voice of the Universe

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……

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Navel Gazing

September 10, 2009

Ela Lamblin as Pollen in Fertile Eyes

Ela Lamblin as Pollen in "Fertile Eyes"

Friday Morning Virtual InterPlay: Navel Gazing

Fertile Eyes   video
Fruit Stand at the Corner   poem
Belly Button Festival    Big Body Story
Belly Button Speak   practice
Raise Your Hand in Blessing    movement

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Take a deep breath from your belly! Let it out with a sigh…

Fertile Eyes video

Ela Lamlin of Lelavision won GRAND PRIZE in the Chlorofilms Plant Biology video contest. Collaborating with reproductive biologist specializing in pollen research, Dr Anna Edlund, “Fertile Eyes” is an educational short to help teach about the process of pollination in flowering plants.

Fruit Stand at the Corner Poem
by Laurie Rudel, Seattle InterPlayer and Body Wisdom Board member

Sun-Kist navels the sign said
they meant oranges of course
but I saw instead
that ancient connection
of mother and child
that puckered place of our
beginning before first breath
infused with light and shining

Japan’s dancing Belly Button Festival Big Body Story
By Hiroyuki Muramoto SHIBUKAWA, Japan (Reuters Life!)

Children and adults, many of them sporting painted stomachs, took part at the annual Belly Button Festival in Shibukawa, north of Tokyo, where dancing in the streets is compulsory. “The belly button is traditionally believed to be located in the middle of the body and the most important part. Our town, Shibukawa, is also called the belly button of Japan, and that is how this festival began,” said festival organizer Kazuo Yamada.

The festival is based on a traditional Japanese form of entertainment where revelers paint a face on their torsos and stomachs and pretend it is a head. A kimono is then wrapped around the waist and the person’s real head is hidden by a large cloth hat. The belly button is traditionally painted into a mouth.- It was belly-up for thousands of people who indulged in a weekend of navel gazing at a festival dedicated to the belly button in central Japan.

“It’s about everyone doing something together. But it’s essentially pretty silly so it’s just about having fun and going for the ride,” said Hironori Kanou, a 26-year-old city hall employee who was walking around with a painted belly.

The only thing festival-goers take seriously is dancing: participants sashayed through the streets of Shibukawa for over two hours in the sweltering heat.

Watch video of this festival


Belly Button Speak Practice

Sitting in your chair or moving around, do a minute of fake hula or belly dance. Our belly button is a center of swinging movement, of connection, and a center of gravity. A “still point of the turning world” to quote T.S.Eliot. Move your navel to find your sacred center then go have a “naked navel,” a cool, nonalcoholic version of the fuzzy navel. This recipe serves one.

Ingredients:

1 cup cracked ice
1 tsp. grenadine
3 oz. orange juice
ripe medium peach

Steps:

1. Skin and slice the peach, discarding the pit.
2. Place orange juice, peach, grenadine and ice in a blender.
3. Cover and blend on High until smooth.
4. Pour into a glass.

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…


Foot Work/Sole-Oh’s

September 3, 2009
photo by Don Moseman, aka Walkin Don

photo by Don Moseman, aka Walkin' Don

Friday Morning Virtual InterPlay: Foot Work/Sole-Oh’s
Rabbi Schlomo Carlebach quote
Gene Kelly Dancing on Skates video
Foot tappin’ with Snowball the Cockatoo practice
Body Wisdom for the Sole
Raise a Hand in Blessing  Song by Mary Grigolia

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Take a deep breath, let it out with a sigh.
Rabbi Schlomo Carlebach quote

“If I were the Chief Rabbi of Israel, I would pass a law making it compulsory for everyone to go out on the streets and dance at least twice a week. Yeah, it’s wonderful when a Jew has a great head and a remarkable brain, but gevalt! Where are the feet?”

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, What’s Next, p. 17. Thanks to Sara Nesson, Interfaith Minister.

Gene Kelly Dancing on Skates video
Find your feet, there you are.

Foot Tappin’ Practice

At your desk? Put on earphones and tap your feet. A little tappin’ is all it takes to invoke easy focus and amusement. Take a break. Join the dancing cockatoo and gecko. If they can tap, so can you.

Body Wisdom
. Remember: to change your life, change your practice.
. Pay attention to your sole-power.
. Where your feet are, there you are.
. Don’t be misled by those fancy moves in your head.
. Sole is where it’s at.

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…

Minnesota InterPlayer Linda Clare Breitag knows how to have a toe-tappin’ good time. Fiddle and cloggin music to get you moving! Get her CD Feet to the Fire on the InterPlay website.  She also has a brand new CD What We Do: Good time songs for peace and change which can be ordered by calling the InterPlay office (510/465-2797) or thru iTunes.