Baaaaaaaabbbbbbbbbyyyyyyyyy me!

May 28, 2010

*Baaaaaaaaaaaaabbbbbbbyyyyyyyyyy yourself!
*InterPlayful Babying practices
*Raise a hand in blessing


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

Baaaaaaaaaaaaabbbbbbbyyyyyyyyyy yourself!

Gotta love babies
babies ARE NOT perfect. Babies just are.
You might just have a baby movin, cooin, cryin inside.
Say, “ahhhhhhhhhh.”
Take time and space for baby love.

InterPlayful Babying practices (choose one)

Wrap arms around you and hug
Nap for two seconds
Rock, sway, squirm or flop
Sing fake lullabies to you
Do Baby Kungfu
Ask to be picked up….(smile)
Oh, baby!

Raise a hand in blessing
We were all babies once. Raise a hand in a dance of blessing to the babies we once were and sometimes still are.
Catch the blessings being sent your way to Gloria Gaynor singing “I love you baby.”

By the way I was born 55 years ago today as were some of you! Go Babies!

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


Jessica does Affirmations!

May 21, 2010

Emma Hoch-Schneider having a high moment

*Body Wisdom Practice
*Raise a hand in blessing


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

Affirmation changes the world.
If you can, start by affirming yourself. Watch 5 year old Jessica do it.

sent in by Clare Elizabeth de Sophia.

Maybe you could sing or rap some affirmations that are true to you!
I love…..and I love…..

Self affirmations not for you? Learn affirmation the InterPlay way: Affirm others!

Body Wisdom Practice:
1) Pay attention to what moves you in a body to body way. Feel it!
2) Describe the physical experience using specific words about what you enjoy
3) Thank THE MOVER by speaking up for what moves you. (This could include your dog or your God)
4) Can’t articulate your gratitude? Move it, sing it, use a made up language, or just grab their hand and say thanks.

The more we affirm others the more we really affirm our own experience. Whhheeeeeee. Jessica, we’re right behind you!

Raise a hand in blessing
Raise your hand for a dance a dance of connection with players everywhere to the “rainbow connection.”

Let’s see….how many connections is that?

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

Doodle de do doing

May 14, 2010

(doodle by sybil who can't pray and can't draw a cat but found doodling helped her meditate)

Breathe in, Breathe out
Get ready for a little doodle dance.
Wanna doodle more?
Raise a hand in blessing


Take a deep breath and let it out with a siiiiiiiiiiggggggghhhhhhhhh.
(Wonderful to recall that breath unites us- no wonder it gets attention in most religions)

Breathe in, Breathe out

Shake out one hand.
Shake out the other.
Shake out whatever you’re sitting on.
Moosh your face around. Massage your scalp.
Say doodle-de-doo a few times.
Feel a little beat?
Doodles are good for you.

Get ready for a little doodle dance.

InterPlayer Sybil MacBeth stumbled on doodling as a spiritual practice and discovered a way to doodle on behalf of others. Now kids, churches, all kinds of folks are doodly-doo-ing it. She says, Doodling is like shaping with markers and pens and it leads her to Stillness.

Got a paper and some pens or crayons? Even a pencil is fine. Sybil says,
1. Draw a shape. Write Higher Power, Spirit of the Universe, or God in that shape OR leave it empty as a window to the mystery of the Divine.
2. Doodle, color or shade it in as a way to invite that presence into this time-with or without words. Do this for 3 minutes. Use an egg timer.
3. At the end of the three minutes, take a deep breath; let it out with a sigh.

Wanna doodle more?
1. Draw a shape with the name of someone for whom you care for. Doodle/color for 3 minutes.
2. Take a deep breath at the end of the three minutes. Shake it out if what you were doodling about is especially heavy.
3. Repeat for others. At the end of the whole process, take a few deep breaths, shake it out.
Examples here!

Raise a hand in blessing
The spirit of play moves us beyond ourselves. Play the Noodlin Rag (thanks perry como) and raise your hand to north south east and west, up and down as you let your hand noodle around in every direction sending and receiving connection.

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

See more about Sybil on next Monday Morning’s email on InterPlay in Education

Your Wings of Mindfulness

May 7, 2010
Photo by Don Moseman

Body Wisdom
Raise a hand in blessing


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

Body Wisdom
Walk . Stop . Notice . Slow Down
Wanna become playfully present?

Consider your wings of stillness and reflection.

Consider wings on your right heel and your left.

Consider Malcolm’s wisdom of the Mindfulness Foundation

from ‘Fourteen Verses on Meditation’:

Just as a bird has two wings
the practice of meditation has “stopping” and “deep looking.”
The two wings depend on each other.
Stopping and deep looking go in tandem.

Stopping means to be still,
in order to recognize, to be in contact,
to nourish, to heal,
to calm, to soothe, and to focus the mind.

Deep looking means to regard in depth
the true nature of the Five Skandhas,
so that understanding may arise
to transform all sadness and pain.

The breath and the footstep
generate the source of mindfulness,
which enables one to recognize,
to be in touch with the wonders of life……

Breathe . Step . Be

Indulge in vocal interplay art that’s all about chillin’

Raise a hand in blessing
Raise a hand in blessing to all who walk, stop, run, dance mindfully and not so much so….and hey, don’t worry, be happy!

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