Gratitudinal Joy for Family Connection

November 26, 2009

Áine, Finnegan, and Andreas

From Mother to Daughter poetry-prayer

Gratitudinal Contact video

Time for Contact practice

Raise A Hand in Blessing movement

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Take a deep breath… let it out with a sigh


From Mother to Daughter poetry-prayer
by Aine deDannan

I am grateful to be learning
how precious sleep is…
that taking my time allows me to see the world more fully…
to explore the world with my hands and mouth…
how to do hand-to-hand contact from my not-yet-one-year-old…
that life is both fragile and strong at the same time…
to savor every moment with the loves in my life…

Gratitudinal Contact video

Time for Contact practice

Try these simple activities with your family members, whether blood family, chosen family, or spiritual family.

Hand-to-Hand Embrace

Hold a loved one’s hand in your hand
Now find a new point of contact with each other’s hands…hold it for a moment…Then make a new shape and hold it…
And another and hold it…
Continue, and then find a natural point of closure.

For the Love of Children

With a baby or small child, let that child explore your face, your clothes, or your hand with his or her hands. Enjoy the beauty of this child’s exploration!

Connection

Find someone you care about (or several),
Hold each other in an embrace,
Step out enough to lift your hands up into the air,
Lifting up your care for each other in a hand-to-hand dance,
Then lower your hands for an embrace of gratitude.

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.

As you move, listen to “Mother” from the Anatomic album by Afro Celt Sound System.

Take a deep breath… let it out with a sigh

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This week’s post is created byÁine E. deDanaan. Aine was first introduced to InterPlay when she started seminary at Pacific School of Religion in September 2000 and subsequently completed the InterPlay Life Practice Program in 2003. She moved back “home” to southwestern New Hampshire in July 2008. After taking time off as a new mom of Finnegan, Áine is now bringing InterPlay to the Keene, NH area! As a licensed massage therapist with a focus in Chinese Medicine, Áine helps people find more ease and wholeness in their bodies. Áine’s husband, Andreas, offers support with his willingness to play, as well as lending his graphic design expertise and video editing abilities…not to mention his beautiful parenting! For more information about Áine’s work (or to sign up for her newsletter) visit www.innerphoenix.org; to see more of Andreas’s work, visit www.dedanaandesign.com.

For anyone in Oakland and the surrounding area–you are invited to the InterPlay Free Sample. There have been so many amazing new developments recently! Come find out what is going on in the world with InterPlay these days. If you are new to InterPlay or if you bring a friend new to InterPlay, you will be entered in a drawing for dinner at Ozumo in Oakland (just two blocks from InterPlayce)! All that is required is to show up and sign in. This event is at InterPlayce, Sunday Dec 6, 2-3:15 pm and is free!


Side By Side

November 19, 2009

This image comes from the newly created InterPlay Inspiration Deck by Anita Bondi

The Story of Side by Side story

The Orangutan and the Hound Dog video

Dancing Side By Side/Raise a Hand in Blessing Movement

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Take a deep breath… let it out with a sigh

The Story of Side by Side story
(From the newly released InterPlay Inspiration Deck)

Side by Side are best friends who have always been together. They were born on the same street, went to the same schools, and now live in the same green-colored apartment building in San Francisco.  They like almost all the same foods, work for the same company and even vacation together.  Side by Side consider themselves extremely lucky, having mastered the fine art of being totally themselves while being together.  They are 100% real and authentic with each other. They know that they are happier together than apart, and so they keep it that way!

The Orangutan and the Hound Dog video

Sometimes our friends and playmates are just like us and sometimes they seem to be completely different. What matters is our desire to exist side by side with whomever we choose. Enjoy this video demonstrating that we really do know who we want to be and who makes us feel good, even if the rest of the world says we don’t belong together…

Dancing Side By Side/Raise a Hand in Blessing Movement

Picture three people that you like to be with and imagine yourself dancing with them.  Have fun dancing side by side while listening to Stan Stewart’s musical improvisation  (created in an InterPlay class for a walk, stop, run on the practice of side by side).

Side by Side improvised by Stan Stewart

As you finish, hold a moment of stillness, raise a hand in blessing, turn a full circle, and see all of those side by side you smiling and supporting you!

Take a deep breath… let it out with a sigh

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NOTES:

This week’s post is created by Anita Bondi and Stan Stewart, InterPlay Leaders in PA. Anita is most excited about her newly created and released InterPlay Inspiration Deck. To find out more or purchase your own set, visit www.anitabondidesigns.com. Stan is having a blast with his newest musical toy: a looper!  (That is what he used to create the song above!!) Purchase Stan’s music at www.MandalaDesignWorks.com

For anyone in Oakland and the surrounding area–you are invited to a book release party! Hear Cynthia Winton-Henry read from her new book and meet Anita Bondi and Stan Stewart and the InterPlay Inspiration Deck. This event is at InterPlayce, Saturday Nov 21, 4-6 pm and is free!


Alphabet Wisdom

November 12, 2009

Thanks in Alphabetical Order Poem

Alphabet Aerobics Video

Alphabet Dance Practice

Raise a hand in blessing Movement

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Take a deep breath… let it out with a sigh


Thanks in Alphabetical Order Poem

By Julie Caffey

Thanks for Algorithms and the math of the universe even though some days it doesn’t seem to add up.

Thanks for Barrie my gorgeous brilliant friend that sends me her thoughts in alphabetical order

Carnage. Yes carnage.  Sometimes it really falls apart. Violently. Kali. Kali Kali Thanks.

Doors.  Doors and doorknobs and the turning of the doorknob into another room another place, down a hall toward the possible.

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Friends and flatulence and the sounds a body makes.  Thanks.

Gorgiosity.  Thanks for the gorgiosity of me and you and now and crossing time and space and thanks.

Handiwork and working with hands.  You are so handy with that.  You are handy.  I’d like to give you a hand.

Ideas.  Look what you thought of.  Look at the time you made to be with the idea. Thanks.

Jammin’ jammin’ when you are playing and when you sit down and when you are in motion and when you are jammin’ it is something to behold it is a thing to be thankful for.

Knowledge.  Knowing.   I know things.  You know other things.  Let’s make a knowledge tossed salad. Yum.

Lordy, lordy.  Throw up my hands and thanks Lordy Lordy

Mmmmmmmmmm

Nickers

Olly Olly Oxen Free Free Free!  Thanks for getting called back at dusk from play. Called back from being “it”, from hiding and seeking, from kicking the can, from freezing in tag. Being called home to dinner. Thanks.

Palindromes – Hannah, racecar, level, madam. Thanks.

___________Quiet.

Raunchy riled roiled rambling Rocky the dog. Thanks.

Stoic family members of another generation. I melt a heart open for you these years later and thank you for the gentle openings you invited.  That must have been hard.  Thanks.

Ta-ta,  Bye-bye, gotta go. Thanks.

Underwear – preferably cotton and not binding.  Briefs.  Thanks.

Validity, validation. Thanks.  I’d like to not need it. But I’m grateful for it. Trying to wean off it. Thanks.

Wonder.

X marking the spot. Right here. Get digging.

Yawp.

Zithers.

Thanks.

Alphabet Aerobics Video

by Blackalicious

Alphabet Dance Practice

Listen to Moby while you:

  • Fall in love with form with the convenience of A to z,  with the structure and all that is possible from rearranging these 26 letters.
  • Write your name in space using your shoulders.
  • Write it large on the sky using your elbow or a knee.
  • Spell something with your body.
  • Spell nothing.
  • Wonder at all the language that is in your alphabetic poetic body.
  • Shake it out.

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… let it out with a sigh


NOTE: This week’s post is created by Julie Caffey. Julie is a member of WingIt! Performance Ensemble and was in the very first graduating class of the Life Practice Program (then called the internship program).  She is a performer and arts administrator based in the Bay Area with a long collaborative relationship inspired by the alphabet with friend and artist Barrie Cole.  Julie will be performing an excerpt of her new solo work, “AlphaBrick” at ODC theater in San Francisco,  November 21, 22 and then in Chicago at the Illinois State Museum and the Prop Theater in December 2009 and January 2010.


Anticipatory HeArt

November 5, 2009

"Hearty Tree Trunk" photo by Cynthia Winton-Henry

Anticipatory He(Art) poem

The Common Chorus video

Anticipating grace? practice

Raise Your Hand in Blessing movement

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

Anticipatory He(Art) poem
by Cynthia Winton-Henry

By body grooves we know things.
A practiced heart anticipates heaven and hell
makes ritual out of sensitivities
-a joke, a hope, a connection,
a conjured chorus of love.

The Common Chorus video

Bobby McFerrin demonstrates our connection to the pentatonic scale using audience participation, at the 2009 World Science Festival on June 12, 2009, “Notes & Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus” http://vimeo.com/5732745


Anticipating grace? practice

Put hand on heart. Still  beating? Grace.

Take a deep breath. Let it out with a sigh. Still  breathing?  Grace.

Shake out what you’re sitting on. Let go a little? Grace.

Anticipated InterPlay outcomes: Grace, ease, connection. surprise.

Raise Your 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.

While you move, listen to Bobby McFerrin’s A Cappella improv http://vimeo.com/5823223

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

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PS. Phil Porter is keeper of our Bobby McFerrin black bottom muffin wrapper bought by Bobby for us after lunch one fine day in San Francisco long ago.

If you are in the Oakland area this weekend, come celebrate InterPlay’s 20th birthday on Saturday Nov 7 at 7:30 pm. Get the details!