Space Enough

August 27, 2010

*There is endless room to be a body in this universe
There are plenty of ways to have space on this planet
*Look at something lovely and say
The InterPlay warm up
*Raise a hand to all directions


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

There is endless room to be a body in this universe.
Check it out.

Reach out your arms as wide as you can.

There are plenty of ways to have space on this planet.
Watch a Three Year Old Recite “Litany” by Billy Collins

“I am the sound of rain on the roof.
I also happen to be the shooting star.”

Look at something lovely and say
“I am (that).”
I am summer heat.
I am a sea foam carpet underfoot
I am one small rectangle of light to stand in.

The InterPlay warm up begins with
Taking a deep breath and letting it out with a sigh
shaking out arms, legs, your middle, your voice.
Reaching up and stretching.
Opening your arms wide as big as you’d like.
Wrapping your arms around yourself- an embrace?
Letting yourself drop over and connect with earth
Nodding your head “Yes” to let go a little.
Rolling up and doing it again.
Just this much helps get  us in our body,
thank heaven and earth,
and start or finish your day.

Raise a hand to all directions. Whatever way you turn there is both room to grow and something or someone there.

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


Gotta Beam Me!

August 20, 2010

*Sammy Davis Jr. sings it!
*Next Gen Art Movers and Shakers Beamin’ It!
*Beautiful Roger dancing the Poetry of It!
*Now you. Raise the energy of you, here, now.

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

Sammy Davis Jr. sings it!

Next Gen Art Movers and Shakers Beamin’ It!

Beautiful Roger dancing the Poetry of It!

(Thanks Unitarian Church of Berkeley)

Now I become myself. It’s taken
Time, many years and places,
I have been dissolved and shaken,
Worn other people’s faces,
Run madly, as if Time were there,
Terribly old, crying a warning,
“hurry, you will be dead before —–”
(What? Before you reach the morning?
or the end of the poem, is clear?
Or love safe in the walled city?)
Now to stand still, to be here,
Feel my own weight and density!…..
Now there is time and Time is young.
O, in this single hour I live
All of myself and do not move
I, the pursued, who madly ran,
Stand still, stand still, and stop the Sun!

-May Sarton

Now you. Raise the energy of you, here, now. Your exact body. This exact moment. That hand, your whole body—dancing, connecting, releasing connection-jerky or slow, smooth or fast. No need to try. That hand is you. Perfect. Even doing nothing is enough.

played by Kirara

Create. Play. Rest. Live.

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

Dancin da Skeleton

August 13, 2010

*Want to play dem bones?
*Raise a hand in blessing


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

When things get wobbly find your bones.
Our viscera feels deep and true, while our bones provide neutrality, shape, and clarity in full times.
Get to know your bones. Hannah Montana did.

*Want to play dem bones?
Check out

Change the dynamic of the movement by clicking on any of the boxes in the upper corner of the page.
Try the anti gravity approach and move the skeleton slowly around the screen.
Warning: Dislocating and mutating the dancing skeleton is kinda kinky.
(Thanks Linda Bretag-MN for sending this)

Ekhard Tolle in A New Earth page 53 says, “What I call the “inner body” isn’t really the body anymore but life energy, the bridge between form and formlessness.  Make it a habit to feel the inner body as often as you can.  After a while, you won’t need to close your eyes anymore to feel it.”

Hold an arm in the air. Bring attention to inner structure, the simplicity of being in place.
Take a deep deep breath to welcome this place.
Play with moving hand and arm bones.

*Raise a hand in blessing
or stand up and follow this skeleton dance!

or this one

or this one

with InterPlaymates hither and you.

May our bones/structures/systems support us to live!

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


Visit the Art and Social Change Next Gen Leaders blog to find out how young bones InterPlay!


August 6, 2010

*Turf Dancing
Morning Song


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

Turf Dancing

“Grassroots” was coined in Indiana August 5th, 98 years ago for a movement growing from the soil of people’s hard necessities.

“Astro-turfing” is for fake grassroots movements- powerful people using grassroots tactics while hiding real agendas.(Thanks to the Writer’s Almanac)

“Turf Dancing” is a literal movement developed in Oakland California as a means of dispute resolution. It’s an improvisational dance form focused on storytelling, optical illusions and displays of distinctive style.

Free your feet for a minute.
Take off your shoes.
There’s a new grassroots movement to go barefoot.
Plant your feet, in grass if you can.
Squinch them. Stretch them.
Can you feel your soles?
How bout  a brief barefoot dance?

Standing or sitting, do a one or two foot dance to celebrate your roots to Some Chinese blue grass

Morning Song
Common as grass. Little things are our best grounding. In “Morning Song” (by Marcia F. Brown, from What on Earth. © Moon Pie Press, 2010), she says

Just this, each day:
Bear yourself up on small wings
to receive what is given.
Feed one another
with such tenderness,
it could almost be an answer.

Riase your hand in blessing to all directions. We are connected!

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

Footnote 1
(Walt Whitman’s title Leaves of Grass was a pun. “Grass” was a term given by publishers to works of minor value.)

Footnote 2
Next Thursday the next Gen InterPlayers will share their wisdom and creativity at 7pm at InterPlayce.  To learn what they are noticing go to

Footnote 3
Monday Morning Email will introduce our intern, a Chan Fellow from China, Sheila Wang.