Devotion

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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3 Responses to Devotion

  1. Phyllis Wilson says:

    When Cynthia danced on my behalf duringa Secrets I in Door County, WI several years ago, I was overwhelmed by my feeling of blessing as she knelt with her hands on my “difficult” feet. Since that day, I prayer dance for others on most mornings. It is a big part of my life and friends who have heard of my experience are also “prayer dancing”. Dancing with devotion adds much to my daily praying.

  2. Dancing on the city streets with your own rhythmic feet can give a complete feeling of ease and transfer delight to those passers by who watch in wonder. This practice is especially helpful to those motorists who are absentmindedly tooling down the road, & can bring them back to their senses.

    I almost didn’t “allow the time” to read today’s InterPlay, and am glad that I did just before going to give a massage to a chiropractor who loves to dance. The is a website googable by – This Time I Dance, and it is put up by a life coach. Some of you reading this might find her thoughts helpful as well.

    I just finished baking muffins, which I start with a breath practice, and have music playing during the baking process. I also, often dance around the kitchen as the “ingredient assembling process” & ‘in the oven bake’ are taking place. This I feel imparts a new level of vibratory feeling into the food we prepare. It’s one more way to put dance into your life. One friend in Fayetteville, AR. told me once: “IF I DON’T DANCE REGULARLY, I DIE!”

  3. fridaymorninginterplay says:

    Thank you both for these wonderful comments! So glad to see devotion already living in your lives.

    And what a great idea to dance while baking with devotion! I will try it next time I am in the kitchen.

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