Come Out and Pray

June 25, 2010

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

Linda Lee, Montana InterPlayer

Linda Lee, Montana InterPlayer, exforming among the trees

Play outside? Yes! Pray outside? Absolutely. The wild blue-green yonder is where it all begins.

Iznami and Iznagi: A Creation Myth from Japan

retold by Carolyn North

Practice

You are a tree. This is not a metaphor.
Hold out a limb. Be aware of your trunk.
Sway from your roots.
Your hands are leaves.
The end of the Book of Revelations says,
“The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.”
With one hand you create beauty.
Let a hand move slow and smooth.
Move your hand smooth and fast.
Move your hand in a jerky way.
Move it jerky and slow.
Place your hand in a still shape.
Move your hand from shape to shape.
Move your hand into contact with your own skin.
Now, move any way you want—crazy, wild, chaotic or free.
This is a way to play as creator and creation.

Now raise that hand and dance on behalf of water, wind, fire and earth, and all directions.
You do not have to think about this. Be the tree whose dance is enough!

Dance

Dance with AH Rahman’s “Incredible India”

Prayer

Dr. Masaru Emoto’s “Healing Prayer for the Gulf”

I send the energy of love and gratitude to the water and all the living
creatures in the Gulf of Mexico and its surroundings. To the whales,
dolphins, pelicans, fish, shellfish, plankton,
coral, algae, and all living creatures   . . .  I am sorry.
Please forgive me.
Thank you.
I love you.

Peace!

We are excited that InterPlay friend and wise, improvising elder, Carolyn North, has two important books to share. “Hearken back to what our long-ago ancestors knew—the indigenous ones from whom came the myths of Creation; and the ones lost in pre-history who erected the Standing Stones. Delve into how ancient knowledge is relevant—if not essential—for our times. In the Beginning: Creation Myths From Around the World, and Voices Out of Stone: Magic and Mystery in Megalithic Brittany are now both available from Amazon.com.

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Your Solstice Sing for Peace Warmup

June 18, 2010

Trish Watts and Cynthia Winton Henry Singing

*Love is everywhere!
*Solstice Sing for Peace
*Body Wisdom Practice: One Breath at a Time
*More Videos!

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

Love is everywhere!

Wing It! member and InterPlay leader Suzanne Cimone (Shezam):


(wedding couple—Elizabeth & Theron Shaw!)

Take another breath and let it out with a sigh.

Solstice Sing for Peace

Next Monday InterPlayers can join “Solstice Sing for Peace,” part of the WE campaign to move from “I” to “We.”
Pete Seeger on the power of singing and ghandi’s practice:



Body Wisdom Practice: One Breath at a Time

One InterPlay practice is to let our voice move “one breath at a time.”

Warm up your voice

1) Take a deep breath and sigh out all the breath you have in an exhale. Repeat.

2) Take another deep breath and as you sigh also squirm your face and voice around. Repeat.

3) Take a deep breath and as you exhale play with tones that sound like singing. (rhythm is good too!)

One breath song

4) As your voice moves and travels, one breath at a time, play and witness whatever comes.

5) If a word or phrase of gratitude comes to mind, sing it for a minute or two.

Monday join the chain of song for peace around the world. Sing for 1 minute, 1 breath at a time. Sing a chant or song that you know or make up.

More Videos!

Even when we’re discouraged when we widen our circle and let the voice rise, we engage a power greater than ourselves. It’s here now, in this virtual room. Hum along or raise a hand and dance to bless people to the east west north south, in every room for one minute as Michelle Jordan InterPlay leader, Wing It! member and East Bay Church of Religious Science leader sings.

Rebekkah Fraser shares briefly about the Solstice Sing for Peace Project

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


Smile ?@#*^%$$###

June 11, 2010

Members of the Wing It! Performance Ensemble

*Times aren’t always easy…..
*Smiling Practice
*Physicality of Grace: One of eight core Body Wisdom Practices
*Raise a hand in blessing

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

Times aren’t always easy…..


Smiling Practice

Need a lift? How about one for the corners of your mouth?

“People should smile more
Im not saying theres nothing to cry for but you’ve got
Everything laid out for you
Just close your eyes, take a deep breath and ….”
(full lyrics below.)

Physicality of Grace: One of eight core Body Wisdom Practices

What or who makes you smile? Body to body a smile changes everything. In Malawi InterPlayers notice that EVERYONE SMILES!

Whatever makes our hearts, faces, souls, bodies truly S M I L E is a gift. Powerful stuff. Notice things that energize you or make you smile. Get around those things as if they were medicine.

Then, sometimes you gotta fake it. So here are instructions for fake smiling

1. Show your teeth
2. Crinkle your eyes
3. Say in a high pitched voice “I will NOT smile!”
4. Then wiggle your “bum” or turn in a circle.

or forget it and just take a deep breath again.
Raise a hand in blessing

Every smile has a mile in it. Is it because it comes from opening the heart? connecting across miles with others who connect with you? Raise a hand to players around the world who share their laughter and tears with the graceful help of Michael Jackson.

People should smile more
Im not saying theres nothing to cry for but you’ve got
Everything laid out for you
Just close your eyes, take a deep breath and start another war

Keep buying, keep moving, this city, is sitting,
next to me, well laid out, it’s gona come, one thing is certain

I can’t change the world
Cos tryin’ to make a difference makes things worst
It’s just an observation I can’t ignore
That people should smile more

People should smile more
But the lights are so bright that they blind you, just one more
Meaningless scientific break through
The more we know, the less we care whilst damaged on the way

Keep moving, keep buying, this city, is sitting
Next to me, well laid out, it’s gona come, one thing is certain

I can’t change the world
Cos tryin’ to make a difference makes things worst
It’s just an observation I can’t ignore
That people should smile more

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


Extreme Ironing for Men and Goddesses

June 4, 2010

Evelyn, Our Lady of the Scorch by Sharon Pavelda

featured in IRONING BOARD ICONS:
Domestic Goddesses Speak for Themselves
at Julie’s gallery May 6th-June 30th Park Street, Alameda, CA
OPENING PERFORMANCE: June 5th 7:30 pm Bring an item to “iron out”

*Extreme Ironing
*Poems
*Body Wisdom Practice
*On another note
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Got Something Needs Ironing Out? Ironing Ain’t for Sissy’s!
Take a deep breath, let it out with a sigh…

Extreme Ironing (really!)

Poems
Ironing takes us back  to women struggling and…

Making Nice

There was her way to erase stains, no trace
Humming, she ironed linens with a crease
stood hours, polishing silver to a gleam
At forty, feared her father, sneaked away
to meet her lover, struggling into
out of, girdles, hose and hats
Dressed up leftovers, brewed healthy soups
Kept up appearances, covered tracks, who
would think she knelt nightly by her bed
Head bowed, contrite, confessing all
Wept silently in church where she felt safe
Counted sheets, just one obsession
My mother was born to sacrifice
from making do to making nice
from Janie Oakes new poetry book “Creased”

As well as men like Joe Jimenez in El Abuelo (The Grandfather)

I ironed furiously my past-
with my ability to throw down a rowdy crease
impeccable lines forged into cloth
sharp and precise
acute enough to splice open envy

Body Wisdom Practice
Today’s laundry may be wash and wear but to smooth out your own skin
try some fake tai chi.
• Raise a hand,
• Move it around through the space.
• Move your hand smooth and slow.
• Move smooth and fast.
• Take a deep breath. Let it out with a sigh
* Now, sit or stand, and let moving smooth out your energy to this music.

On another note
On another note, we all have a lot of ironing to do. Remember The Waltons?  Jason enters an amateur talent contest and treats his family to the Ironing Board Blues.

Why not raise a hand to those around you and far away, especially relationships where there are lots of wrinkles. Dance on behalf of these crazy human relationships. Smooth, jerky, and quirky moves are appropriate>

P.S. Ironing as art
PPS On Monday Morning’s Email blog: Urgent Messages from Earth Elders

Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh.
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SUZANNAH JOLENE AND THE DOMESTIC GODDESSES IRON THINGS OUT. An interactive, improvisational performance where you can get some wisdom for the wrinkles of the heart and your shirt pressed all at the same time. A  zany cast of characters (InterPlayers) next to their IRONING BOARD ICONS offer advice, as Suzannah Jolene Wisener, gently probes the problem and correctly irons whatever item of clothing you’ve “brought to the board.”

Suggested Donation: $10 ($2 discount when you bring an item to iron)
A pecentage of the proceeds will benefit Midway Shelter of Alameda, which provides safety for women and children who are suffering from homelessness and domestic violence. http://www.midwayshelter.org