Act Now/Do Nothing

February 27, 2010

Hazel and Sampoorna: InterPlay Leaders in India

Classifieds 2 poem
Body Wisdom stillness
Witness video
Dance on Behalf of Action movement

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


Classifieds 2 poem
Act now! Special offer!
You lie on last year’s grass
bathed in sunlight to the chin
while winds of summers past
caress your hair and seem
to lead you in a dance.
For further details, write: “Dream.”
~ Wislawa Szymborska ~
trans. by S. Baranczak and C. Cavanagh
(Poems New and Collected 1957-1997)

Body Wisdom
stillness
Intertia is a law of physics. A body in motion remains in motion. A body at rest remains at rest.  The dictionary names inertia as a lack of art or skill.
We dance between intertia and choice. Get up and dance? Or remain seated?
Walk, stop, run?
Each time we choose an action we co-create life, whether in agreement to go with inertia or to shift off of it.
This always requires a little energy.
You chose to open this email. YOU ACTED NOW!
You chose to read this. YOU ACTED NOW!
Practice a few moments doing nothing. Enjoy that.

This too is to ACT NOW

Moment to moment you may move, stay still, do something for your own good or the good of others. What will you do today, this week? Dance between inertia, (your bodies ground of being), and your choices.

Witness video

Enjoy the choices made by Rod and Kiran of Australia in this playful duet

Dance on Behalf of Action movement

Give yourself the hand dance between inertia and action to this familiar closing to “InterPlay” by Marquetta Dupree and Angela Holley

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


Reward for Locating Compassion

February 19, 2010

Classifieds poem
Witnessing prayer/chant video
Dance on Behalf of Compassion movement

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

Classifieds poem

“WHOEVER’S found out what location
compassion (heart’s imagination)
can be contacted at these days,
is herewith urged to name the place;
and sing about it in full voice,
and dance like crazy and rejoice
beneath the frail birch that appears
to be upon the verge of tears.”

~ Wislawa Szymborska ~
(Poems New and Collected 1957-1997,
trans. by S. Baranczak and C. Cavanagh)


Witnessing
prayer/chant video

Witnessing can bring us home!

Witnessing is one of InterPlay’s central acts.
We can do it even when we feel lousy.
With easy focus release your obligation to the “other.”
Take a moment to take in something you enjoy.
—this InterPlayer, someone or something nearby.
This is what it is like to find compassion.

Witness a prayer, (gift of Rajiv Naidu, therapist and InterPlayer in India. At the end he describes how the chant came to him.)

Take another deep breath. Reward yourself by savoring the goodness.


Dance on Behalf of Compassion
movement

Raise a hand in blessing and listen to Dance Our Lives by Trish Watts. Do a dance on behalf of compassion for yourself or another.

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


Open Wide to Possibility!

February 12, 2010

Cynthia Winton-Henry and Dyck DeWid Face Dancing

Moving Possibilities video/poetry/movement
Learn to Do a Face Dance video
Face Dance practice
Raise a hand in Blessing movement/prayer

Todays’ Virtual Friday Morning is excerpted from Day One of Alligator Bites, a series of 20 on-line workshops, each a do-able 20 minutes long, created by Rhonda Morton, certified InterPlay leader and director of Alligator Mouth Improv, an improvisational performance ensemble.  Want to participate in the rest of the workshops?  Back Alligator Bites on KickStarter.
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Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh….

Moving Possibilities video/poetry/movement

Watch this video for inspiration; then ask yourself: If you felt limitless, what would you do?
Learn to Do a Face Dance video
Watch this demonstration of a face warm-up and face dance.


Face Dance practice

Now play this song created by Peter Chwazik and let your face take it away!!
Gator Bites

Raise a hand in Blessing movement/prayer

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 and let it out with a sigh.


SpiritPlay: Foundation-Decoration (or I love my Shruti Box)

February 5, 2010

Shruti Box

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

Listen and play

Listen, hum or oooooo along with Heart – Love is Divine Power (cello and Shruti Box)

Noticing
At InterPlayce I saw Ellen Solot with a small wooden box with a hand bellow. She pressed the bellow and out came a simple foundational drone in the key of C. Over this she sang a Jewish chant. I immediately wanted one, a small breathing tonal accompaniment that supports my voice and spirit to breathe and travel. I got my shruti box at Christmas. Inspired in India, this shruti was made in Europe and sold by improvisor Ron Kravitz in Pennsylvania. In Chennai, India teaching a day long workshop, my shruti box helped me lead toning when I had a cold. This week for the first time since my trip it gave me a base over which to let my heart reach and sing. How nice to not be both foundation and decoration!

Perhaps  I am shruti box, a small bellowing, tone soul. Sometimes providing foundation for other things to play.

Practice

Let these 30 second shruti tones be a foundation for a little vocal play.
http://www.shrutibox.com/mp3/ShrutiDroneEA15.mp3
http://www.shrutibox.com/mp3/ShrutiDroneCFC15.mp3
http://www.shrutibox.com/mp3/ShrutiDroneEB15.mp3

Now just take some deep breaths and be a shruti. Enjoy the bellows you have been given that sustain your heart, mind, and life. Give thanks.

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. Move while listening to a short bansuri flute over shruti drone by Clint Goss.

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

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You can learn more about Ron Kravitz, his improvisational path, and the shruti’s he sells at http://www.musicinthemoment.com/ He likes to talk to people on the phone! 215-233-0777, that’s how I found out we were kindred spirits. Thanks Ron