New Year Count Off To Love

December 31, 2009

Rainbow of hope by Don Moseman

Counting New and Old video

Turning of the Wheel poem

One Hand Discernment Dance Practice

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Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh

Counting New and Old video
(submitted by Dorothy Finnigan)
Beat the drum from 1-100 cuz 2010 here we come:

Turning of the Wheel poem
by Kelly Webb-Ferebee from Texas

“As I ponder how I will complete a questionnaire I do each year called “Turning of the wheel”….endings and beginnings….taking stock of 2009 and setting intentions for 2010, I reread my answer to last year’s question about my theme for 2009 to which I then wrote a poem and illustrated it (in a stick-figure way). This was before I began the life practice program. I find it so interesting that my theme was (then, metaphorically speaking) “dance”  – especially given my profound experience during the January 2009 weekend in Austin.”

Dance with abandon
Moving at all tempos
Even stillness counts
Dance with words
Dance with music
Make your dance yours
Delicious
Breathtaking
Like the way it feels to
Form your words
While singing
Dance with pianists, with producers
& directors
Dance in places
You’ve never danced before
Allow your body to have what it wants
Give yourself over
To the dance
That is calling your name
And love every second
Of your moments in
The limelight
Relax into the dance
Let yourself rest in the dance
But most of all—
Keep dancing
It’s time for you to dance
Dance for all you’re worth
Dance for all the time
You’ve wanted to dance
And stopped instead
Dance the whole time
You have left—
Perfect your dance—
Enjoy it’s effect upon you
And upon others
Your soul loves to
Dance
Dance
Dance


One Hand Discernment Dance Practice
Want to know what your body wants this year?
Sitting or lying down, raise one hand in the air. To warm up, for ten seconds each, move smooth, then fast, then slow, then jerky, then jerky and slow.
Shake it out then make a few shapes with stillness.
Then let go and let your hand dance to Trish Watts “Kerala Memories”
with the open ended query, “what does my body want in 2010?”

Raise a hand in blessing as we “Dance Our Lives”

Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh

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Note: Trish Watt’s new CD Gajara honors InterPlay India. CathyAnn Beaty, Cynthia Winton-Henry, and she are accompanied by Tony Hole, Trish Delaney, Diane Christopherson, and Allison Lee January 6-21, 20101 in Bangalore, Chennai, Kerala, Pune, and Mumbai.

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Yule Love This: Stillness, Rest, Shanti, Beauty, Fire!

December 24, 2009

Photo by Don Moseman

A moment by the fire video/listening

With Shanti song

Stillness poem

Raise A Hand in Blessing Video

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Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh

A moment by the fire video/listening

With Shanti song

Join in rocking the world right where you are. Listen to “With Shanti” from Trish Watts new CD in honor of InterPlay India and the 2010 trip led by her, CathyAnn Beaty, Cynthia Winton-Henry

Stillness poem
by Derek Walcott, from Collected Poems   1948-1984

Remember Stillness, Welcome Yourself

the time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

and say, sit here.  Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine.  Give bread.  Give back your heart
to Itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

Raise A Hand in Blessing Video

Last Hallelujah raise a hand in blessing dance of the year with the Silent Monks.


People Whose favorite Color is Shiny

December 17, 2009

photo by Don Moseman

Illumo Man video

Shiny Shiny Shiny poem

Straight No Chaser- 12 Days of Christmas video

Shine yourself up with singing Practice

Raise A Hand in Blessing Movement

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

Illumo Man video

Check out shiny guy, Peter Solness, Illumino Man. Submitted by Trish Watts, co-founder of InterPlay Australia

Shiny Shiny Shiny poem
by Cynthia Winton-Henry

Shiny Shiny Shiny
Shiny Spirit, Shiny Shoes,
Singing is Shiny, Dancing is shiny
Santa is shiny, Hanukkah is shiny,
The Sun is Shiny, stars are shiny
Baubles are shiny, Christmas is Shiny,
Kwanza is shiny, Babies are shiny,
Candles are shiny, Kisses are shiny
Shiny Shiny Shiny
…the darker it gets, the better shiny looks…..

Straight No Chaser- 12 Days of Christmas video

Here’s some shiny voices of shiny guys
submitted by Lydia Ferrante-Roseberry, InterPlay Colorado

Shine yourself up with singing Practice

Start with Falalalala.
Get a beat even if you don’t have a tune.
Falala for a minute and check it out
Falala in your car, your shower, your office.
Falala someone you love.
Falala some shine in your eyes
Falala someone grumpy.
Falala all the way home.

Raise A Hand in Blessing Movement

Raise a shiny hand to connect and bless others with Trish Watt’s new CD “Gajara-Singing Peace” honoring InterPlay India as we “Dance Our Lives.”

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

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Note: Join InterPlay for some New Year’s fun!

East Coast New Year’s Untensive in North Carolina with Ginny Going and Tom Henderson

DOBO: Dancing On Behalf Of in Oakland, CA on New Year’s Day with Cynthia Winton-Henry (FREE event!)


DOBO: Faith and Movement

December 10, 2009

Invitation poem

Pink Glove Dance video

Dancing for Soul Retrieval story

Dancing On Behalf Of practice

Rumi quote

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Take a deep breath … Let it out with a sigh…

What’s a DOBO?
Dance On Behalf Of (check out the First InterPlayce DOBO on Jan 1, 2010)

Invitation poem
by Victoria- Impromptu Movement Teacher, Missouri

Where does faith reside in your body?
Know the unknown.
Let your Self unknow the known,
so that you can let go
of the dance in you that is already done.
Discover the dance in you that is emerging,
the smallest most intimate movement,
the largest most grand of gestures:
are you ready to tap into your unknown?
Do you want to move your Soul?

Pink Glove Dance video

A DOBO doesn’t have to be so serious…
Watch the pink glove hospital dance.

Dancing for Soul Retrieval story

Enjoy a gift excerpted from Dance: A Sacred Art: The Joy of Movement as a Spiritual Practice written by Cynthia Winton-Henry and published by Skylight Paths.

Download the pdf to read: “Trauma: Dancing for Soul Retrieval”
Purchase the book from the InterPlay website.

Dancing On Behalf Of practice

1. Bring a person to mind for whom you feel concern.
2. Take a deep breath and release the need to personally intervene or heal her or his pain.
3. If need be, shake out your own concerns. Put your fingers on the focused place between your eyes, and toss your own worries up in the air.
4. Using prayerful music, such as keyboard or flute, or even something upbeat, imagine something you like about her or him.
5. Imagine blessing with your hands. Gestures of blessing may lead to shapes, as embodied prayers. Or you may sense the kind of energy and dynamic that you see missing and dance it as a portent of things to come.

6. As you dance you may be surprised at movements that come. Gracious communications will arise. I have never seen it fail.
7. Now go one step further. As you move, let this dance serve you, too. Connecting to your own desires can also bless you with wise, intuitive, healthy results. This might seem paradoxical. “Can a prayer on behalf of someone else also benefit me?” On a body level, yes, it does.

Listen to “Love Opens” by Mary Grigolia as you dance.

Rumi quote
Something in God’s eye grabs hold of
a tambourine in me,
Then I turn and lift a violin in someone else,
and they turn, and this turning continues;
It has reached you now. Isn’t that something?

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.

Take a deep breath … Let it out with a sigh…


Feel the Connection

December 3, 2009

Feel the Connection Poem

Hand to Hand Contact Video

Connect Across the Space Between Practice

Reflection

Raise a hand in blessing movement

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Take a Deep Breath and let it out on a Sigh.

Feel the Connection Poem
by Kate Arms-Roberts

I bring my hand to my partner’s hand,

Two bodies making three:

Mine, hers, and ours.

We drop our hands,

Keep the connection,

The space between.

Good stuff still happens.

My body feels the air feels her,

Keeping us in touch.

I bring my hand to my partner’s hand,

A blessing and a bond.

Hand to Hand Contact Video

This video is from the 2009 InterPlay trip to India. Notice what happens when you watch an InterPlay form on video without being there.

Connect Across the Space Between Practice

Call a friend. Take a deep breath and let it out on a sigh.  Invite your friend to join you.  Tell a three sentence story about what has been going on since you last spoke to them. Invite your friend to do the same.

Follow somebody whose energy state you are drawn to.  Let your kinesthetic connection move you.  They don’t even have to know you’re doing this.  Notice what happens in your body.

Reflection

If you can’t be with the people who are important to you, how can you make a body to body connection with them across distance?  Is there an InterPlay form that can help?

Leave a comment below to share your experiences and noticings.

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

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Note: This week’s post is created by Kate Arms-Roberts. Kate discovered InterPlay while at Pacific School of Religion and completed the Life Practice Program in 2003.  She is currently raising the next generation of InterPlayers in Toronto.

It’s not too late to help support InterPlay ambassadors and their outreach to India! Dance vicariously thru the work of Cynthia Winton-Henry, CathyAnn Beaty, Trish Watts, and other InterPlay leaders by contributing to the Million Connections Campaign. It’s easy to donate online!