Anticipatory HeArt

"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


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”

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

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


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!


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