Let the Dance Dance You

March 25, 2011

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

There is a power greater than you. It is in the djembe, in the seasons, in the movement all around you. It is seen and unseen. Life is dancing you. Let it be a dance of grace.

“Spirit Groove” Enjoy Kojo Samuels & Volker Kaczinski – Djembe, Flute & Voice

Body Wisdom Practice

Spring is upon us in the Northern Hemisphere. Instead of speeding up, let spring spring you! For those moving toward Fall, fall lovingly into the earth. Soften your focus.

Want to play with releasing co-creative insistence and control? Be a tumble weed in the wind, a rock rolling downhill, the fire of energy.

Take a deep breath. Let drum and flute drop you into the dance that is always there.

Start with a hand moving like a kite in the wind,

Let it shake,

Let it be perfectly still,

Drop back in your seat.

Let the dance of life take you on a brief spirit detour into Grace.

Beannacht (“Blessing”) Poem by John O’Donahue

On the day when the weight deadens

on your shoulders and you stumble,

may the clay dance to balance you.

And when your eyes freeze behind the grey window

and the ghost of loss gets in to you,

may a flock of colours, indigo, red, green,

and azure blue come to awaken in you a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays in the currach of thought

and a stain of ocean blackens beneath you,

may there come across the waters

a path of yellow moonlight to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,

may the clarity of light be yours,

may the fluency of the ocean be yours,

may the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow wind work these words of love around you,

an invisible cloak to mind your life.

from Echoes of Memory, © John O’Donohue

Raise a hand in blessing

Raising a hand in peace to all directions, especially to those in difficulty, we honor the changing dance of seasons on the planet, in our lives, above and below.

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

Hazel and Sampoorna: InterPlay Leaders in India

(this virtual interplay was first created and shared a year ago, March 2010.


Breathe In Gratitude

March 18, 2011

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

Today, we won’t take for granted the air we breathe. It is the beginning and end of our dance, song, and heart.

Play the shruti box as you give voice to Stan Stewart’s poem below.

From Stan Stewart for Anita Bondi

When the mouth opens
And partakes of the air about it,
Anticipation fills the void.
For in the song, there is no

It is full:
Of you, of itself, of the world.
This song, each song,
Sung by the new singer.

For temerarious muscle
Must move and connective
Tissue alongside vocal organs
Will tremble with the sounds
This body is evoking.

“I am me.” The song cries.
It does not matter what literal
Words are uttered. This is the
Real song.

“I am my own self and I claim
This breath, this air, this soundwave,
This energetic moment as
A true expression of me.”
Even the humming, the wordless song recites
This mantra.

Then, as the sound of the song
Abates, the impassioned and
Invigorated self knows the empowerment
Of “I am” and the singer
Soon enough
Longs to repeat the act
Of singing
Once again.

InterPlay Practice: Breath by Breath Warmup and Song

  • Take a deep breath. As you sigh let out a long tone.
  • Inhale and on the exhale let the tone wander.
  • Deep breath in and squirm your face and voice around.
  • Deep breath. Let your voice wander fast.
  • Deep breath, tone with consonant noises
  • Deep breath, and mix tones and consonants
  • Now breath by breath tone on behalf of air, water, earth, or whatever comes.

Let spirit move and sing again as the shruti bellows its support.

visit http://www.interplay.org for InterPlay in Australia, the US, Jamaica, and the UK this spring.


March 11, 2011

next gen 2010

Take a deep breath. Let it out with a sigh….

Partnering is everywhere: between inhale and exhale,

between two lungs. between you, the tree, and the great beyond. We live in a giant “friendbella,” (*made-up word)  a big beautitful, elephantarama of connection as demonstrated by “side by side” dancers, Bella and Tarra, elephant and woof.

You know you’ve friendbella’ed whenever play happens and you liked it. It takes twoness to have rapport and you can have it with anything.

The practice “Dancing in Rapport” is found in Dance: A Sacred Art: Discovering the Joy of Movement As Spiritual Practice.

• Choose a piece of music that is harmonious.

• With a partner (it could be a pet or your other hand), come palm to palm.

•  Let your hands move together.

•   Instead of thinking about who is leading or following, simply focus on following either partner’s actions as they present themselves.

•   Don’t worry about giving equal time or trading off roles. And, please don’t cue each other with words. Your body is wise. Let it prove this to you.

•   Your hands may come apart as you continue following and leading.

•    If you find the magical blended feeling where you are uncertain who is leading, enjoy! Open Your Hand by Alicia Bessette offered free at http://freesolopiano.com/

•   As you end, bow or thank your partner.

•   Take a few moments to notice any highlights from the dance. Have you had similar experiences before? What would it be like to follow, lead, and blend with God in this manner as a way to pray, or to bless someone you love?

Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh. Viva Friendbella!

If you are in the bay area check out DANGER! Wing It! performs this weekend.

Dance for Wildness

March 4, 2011

Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh. Contemplate this: We are remarkable! (Thanks Steve Gary for sending this!)

We are the wild “Other,” intent and persevering.
We’re up to our eyeballs in magic tricks:
reading, inventing, chasing, designing
in the midst of our untamable cosmos.
Look close. We make art out of everything.
Today, dance on behalf of humanity’s unruly otherness.
You do not belong to a nice species. You belong to a tenacious species.
Play the video again.
Turn up the volume.
Get out of your chair.
Let the soundtrack dance you in solidarity with the humanplanet.
No judgment just this once!
Connect hand to hand, heart to heart, soul to wild beating soul.

Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh.
What word or noticing comes to you.
Share it in the comments. We read these.
Crave more inspiration?
Check out Mystic Tech: Stuff they didn’t teach in Sunday School, Temple, or PE.