July 30, 2011
Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh….
Shake out one hand. Shake out the other. Shake out whatever you’re sitting on.
Rocking movements create self-soothing and balance. Maybe that’s why we sing Swing low, sweet chariot, coming for to carry me home.
Need a rocking, soothing prayer for you or someone you know? Rock to “Heaven Must Have Sent You.”
The Swing center of motion is in your belly. Place a finger in your belly button. Get your finger moving, letting hips and belly circle or sway. Cultural dances that pray through swing include
Swing stirs the gold in your belly and raises joy! When you raise joy you raise it for others as well! That’s a prayer that requires no further thought. Anyone can do it. To raise joy swing to this.
Swing is fundamentally relational, this side and that. Rock. Swing. Bounce. Spin. Swirl. Spiral. Boogie! The center of it all is the Center Around Which We Swing. In InterPlay we make space for our rocking, swinging, colorful selves to connect. “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that Swing!” Fling some love to the Next Gen: Arts and Social Change Group meeting at InterPlayce. .
Swing a partner when you get a chance! Have a good weekend!
July 22, 2011
Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh.
Of four primary movement energies one of the InterPlay favorites is “Hang.”
As George Muedeking in New Mexico demonstrates, the hang center is right above your head. Our bodyspirit takes its cues from the bigger body around you. Truly out of the box. The dynamic of hang feels like a kite flying on the wind, a snorkeler floating in tide pools, or a tai chi master.
Quick ways to hang are to
open your up arms to the wider world. Voila! You are part of the big picture.
sink deep into stillness, the weight of your being held by floor or chair.
or bring one arm in the air and let it move in a smooth slow or lively dance.
I love this youtube with its surround sound choir of crickets! (Thanks Carolyn North!) Listen and sink down, open your arms wide to wonder, or dance with one hand in praise of beauty invoked by crickets.
Pray into your visionary space by using easy focus. Relax the place between your eyes. Connect with your Higher Power! Hang out there and soak in a greater love for your own good and the good of others.
Take another deep breath and let it out with a sigh.
If you need a Power Prayer check out last weeks blog on the movement pattern of Thrust!
July 15, 2011
Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh
“This is complete chaos, I love it!” exclaimed Taichi Nagai, a visitor from Japan who had unwittingly walked straight into the largest pillow fight in history
© Amusing Planet, 2010.
InterPlayers practice four movement energies: Swing, Shape, Hang, and Thrust.
Today is dedicated to thrust, using muscles to push, pull, focus, power, flick, fling, stomp, romp and kick. athletes, dancers, martial artists and gardeners love this. Do you?
Are your muscles hungry to dance your power?
First engage your groins power center for thrust.
Next, move like you are pushing through something. No need to do it long. Lighten up anytime you want to this workout music that plays with images of thrust. (NO ACTUAL HITTING!)
Or gather your thrust into a sacred prayer for the power needed today or by someone you know who needs strength to this powerful music video.
To end, fling out some love in a free way in all four directions and catch some energy being sent your way!
The more we thrust for fun and joy the less we’ll thrust at others! Let’s do it!
July 8, 2011
Moi is a full time job.
Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh…
In InterPlay we babble (tell about tiny bits of life without caring about the outcome) to let go of taking words so seriously. In a crazy way when we loosen our grip on anything and play– surprise, surprise, we come alive!
Here is Gretchen babbling about babbling at 10:30 at night!
Now its your turn. Babble about
the meaning of your name or
WHAT YOU DID THIS WEEK…
Use a timer or babble during this youtube
If you are tech savvy, record and send your babble to firstname.lastname@example.org or put it on youtube to be featured in a virtual friday. Or, babble in a comment below. Or do like Gretchen, babble in the ear of an imaginary friend.
What if we stopped working on ourselves
and played more?????
Anthony de Mello, S.J wrote in The Song of the Bird
I was a neurotic for years. I was anxious and depressed and selfish. And everyone kept telling me to change. And everyone kept telling me how neurotic I was. And I resented them, and I agreed with them, and I wanted to change, but I just couldn’t bring myself to change, no matter how hard I tried. What hurt the most was that my best friend also kept telling me how neurotic I was. He too kept insisting that I change. And I agreed with him too, though I couldn’t bring myself to resent him. And I felt so powerless and so trapped. Then one day he said to me, “Don’t change. Stay as you are. It really doesn’t matter whether you change or not. I love you just as you are; I cannot help loving you.” These words sounded like music to my ears: “Don’t change. Don’t change. Don’t change. I love you.” And I relaxed. And I came alive. And, oh wondrous marvel, I changed.
And WE relaxed….And WE came alive…. And, oh wondrous marvel, change!
Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh!
July 1, 2011
Take a breath. Let it out with a sigh.
Shake out one hand.
Shake out the other.
Shake out whatever you’re sitting on.
Like Scout, you can trust your inner authority. Let it guide you where your bodyspirit needs to go.
Expect beauty. In nature and in art, it may appear to you at any time. Today, for example…
Inspired by Scout’s deep trust of himself, close your eyes and do a one hand (or whole body) dance to Improv In 11 by muz4now
Today, take a little time to smell the flowers — or sniff whatever it is that you enjoy smelling. Scout likes the smell of trash, for example…
For more InterPlay outtakes with Scout and Stan from Pennsylvania including Scout’s theme song….roll it…