Navel Gazing

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


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.


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


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…


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