A Mini New Year’s Retreat

December 31, 2010

Welcome Body and Soul to the turn of the Year!

Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh….
Give your face a little massage.
Massage your scalp.
Shake out one arm and then the other.
Shake out your legs.
Shake out whatever you are sitting on.
Reach up to the ceiling
and out to the sides.
Wrap your arms around your trunk.
Give yourself a hug.
Roll down, relaxing your arms.
Nod your head yes.
Roll up and repeat the sequence.

Let  your shoulders dance for a few seconds.
Twist around your spine to both sides.
Open your heart and spirit to the front.
Pull back into your back and spine.
Let your hips circle.
Massage your feet in the floor.

Having warmed up your body perhaps you feel more more present to All of you!

A Dance on Behalf of 2010
Do a dance on behalf of 2010, or write or rest
listening to piano and violin play “Yesterday”

In a moment of silence, savor the good you received this year. Bow to experiences and events that challenged you. Honor them like you would teachers.

Body Wisdom: What do I want?
Things change. Count on it. In the new year what would you like more of? What would you like to make? What does your body want? What small or big things bring you grace, fun, joy? Invite your bodyspirit to communicate.
Release your worry by using your easy focus, tossing preconceived notions up in the air with a Wheeee.
Imagine your 2011 with a meditative dance of one hand, (or your whole being if you want.) to Imagine

Write down thoughts, impressions, insights. Share them in the comment box and we’ll dance on behalf of them at InterPlayce, the first Friday Dance on Behalf Of. (DOBO).

We raise a hand connecting to InterPlaying friends in Africa, Australia, Brazil, Germany, India, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.S.and the UK and more. Dedicated to mystery, joy, life, art thank you Connie “Pwll” Tyler for composing this chant!

Hand to hand
Heart to heart
Mystery, joy, life, art!

Hand To Hand Chant

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

Happy New Year! Stay tuned to the InterPlay website to see events coming up in your area.

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Dancing the Tree

December 24, 2010

*Body Wisdom: The Way of Love is of nature AND grace.
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Practice: Attend to your tree
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Raise a hand in blessing to the Tree of Life

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

Body Wisdom: The Way of Love is of nature AND grace.

Practice: Attend to your tree.

Shake out a limb
Shake out the other
Shake out your roots
whatever you’re sitting on.

Take in a deep breath and let it out.

Let Earth support you
Open to the Sky.
Take a tree break!
Dance, wave, move, be.

Raise a hand in blessing to the Tree of Life
In you
In every person
Inherent to all life.

Peace.

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

Wanna see someone else putting up their tree?


Expect an Angel

December 18, 2010

*People believe in angels
*Practice
*Invite your angel to dance
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Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh…

People believe in angels
They even make up songs and stories about them.

Angels don’t need wings to fly into your life.
They use the powers of wind, dance, dream,
and haunting tunes
anyway that can’t be put into words
is how they love to appear.
Maybe you are an angel?

Practice:

Bring your hand into the air
Invite your angel to join you palm to palm.
Let your two hands move together.
For a moment, playfully trick your angel
to welcome the power of joy and amusement.
Become still and deepen the connection.

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

Do you need help right now?
Invite your angel to dance with you to Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel”

Raise a hand to angels everywhere, whether they are on the planet or not.

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


Love Warrior

December 10, 2010

Enver Rhamanov

*Listen
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Dream
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Dancing

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

“Fear holds no sway in the heart of a warrior.
He dances empty handed into the sway.
Rivers of laughter to temper the shadows.
From life’s invitation he’ll not turn, not turn, not turn away.”

Listen to Barbara McAfee’s “Heart of a Warrior”
(more at http://www.barbaramcafee.com)

Dream:
I dreamt that I couldn’t move forward. When I turned around I was restrained by a long (infinite?) cord. It was Fear. Without a thought I turned it into a green ribbon and performed by pulling it into and through community. I pulled and pulled the ribbon until I saw it end. It was not infinite. Meanwhile, it had inspired a man to play a wind instrument. On its notes, he rose in the air. Two other men also rose in the air dancing. Then everyone moved with such transcendent spirits. As it concluded one dancing man said, “That’s the first time I ever did that.”

What would you turn fear into if you could? What would it give rise to?
A rubber glove bagpipe?

A camping stool flute?

Dancing with fear requires breathing, open hands, and wild imaginations.
If you could put fear in the palm of a hand with a one hand dance would you bless, play, let it transform?
Adam Hurst’s Original Cello Music

Take a deep breath. Let it out with a sigh. Raise a hand to connect with those dancing this dance with you.


Cliff Dancing

December 3, 2010

*Heard of cliff notes?
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Got your wingsuit?
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Faith Poem
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Practice

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

Heard of cliff notes? Well how about a cliff dance?

Helen Keller US blind & deaf educator (1880 – 1968) said, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men (and obviously women) as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.”

Improvisors learn how to fall, flow and float. We find a way to say “Yes” to whatever shows up. Eeegads!

Fall down? Get up and fall again.
Sink? Swim or float.
Pushed, pulled? Flow or not.
The real adventure may be to wait, dream, hang out.

Got your wingsuit? Prepare for life!

Faith Poem

When you walk to the edge of all the light you have
and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown,
you must believe that one of two things will happen:

There will be something solid for you to stand upon,
or, you will be taught how to fly

© Patrick Overton

Practice:
Spread your wings. Open out your arms for a minute. Kids do it. Opening our wings creates more breathing room and expands your space and mind. Do a flying dance or soar quietly within with “Heart Wings”

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

In Oakland on the First Friday InterPlayers dance on behalf of you whether you are in Thailand, Mumbai, Melbourne, or Memphis. InterPlay has grown big heart wings.