Gratitudinal Joy for Family Connection

Áine, Finnegan, and Andreas

From Mother to Daughter poetry-prayer

Gratitudinal Contact video

Time for Contact practice

Raise A Hand in Blessing movement


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!


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


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; to see more of Andreas’s work, visit

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!


4 Responses to Gratitudinal Joy for Family Connection

  1. Judith Reichsman says:

    I LOVE this video and I LOVE the fact that you live in NEW Hampshire!!! How yummmmmmmmmmmy! We Vermonters have been hoping for you!

  2. Nika Quirk says:

    At the Thanksgiving meal and again leading InterPlay on Friday morning, I found myself so aware that depth and delight come from showing up fully embodied together. To see Aine, Andreas and Finnegan moving, tumbling, touching brings back wonderful memories. My son, Brendan, turns 24 next week and having played together all of his life, I’m grateful to witness and enjoy our continued connection and ease in each other’s company as adults. Such a joy to celebrate with him among friends and know that is family.

  3. cynthia says:

    Aine and Andreas,

    Thank you so much for this beautiful virtual InterPlay! So great to see your wonderful family in the flow! Hope we can be in touch soon! Cynthia

  4. diane and nicole says:

    how wonderful to see your beautiful family as nicole and i quietly celebrate the return of the light on christmas morning. we feel connected – to you!!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: