End of Year InterPlay Mini Retreat

December 30, 2011

The year comes to a close. You may want some time to let go. As we say in InterPlay:

Get on– initiate something.
Get off– make a clear ending.
Get over it– Let it go, detach, release your connection.

Breathing, Shaking, and moving all help to let go of the past.

  • Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh….Shake out one arm, Shake out the other, Shake out whatever you are sitting on.Give your face a moosh. Massage your scalp.Raise your arms up toward heaven, stretch, and connect to your big body.Open your arms wide and connect to the beauty of the world.

Embodied creativity helps us listen to different aspects of wisdom: Movement, Voice/Breath, Stillness, Word, and Touch. Take an end of year mini retreat, choosing the forms to connect with the wisdom of your body.

Dance on Behalf of the Year: with just one hand or standing up to dance, move slow and fast, smooth and jerky to claim all possibilities. Let the idea of the year be like and umbrella, rather that filling up mind and body. This helps observation.
 
Give Voice to the year: What song comes to mind when you think of the year?  Share the title or link in the comment box below. I gave voice to this song in the quiet of the early morning. You can start by humming or sighing to give voice to wisdom.
 
 
 
 
Tell a few headlines for your year. Is there a key story?  Tell it in a few sentences. Those who hear our stories help us let it go.  Share your story in the comments. There is plenty of room. Poems are nice too.
 
 
Creative Stillness: Offering stillness to the past can be centering. Enjoy a 5 minute meditation to rest in silence.
 
Touch: Bless your body, letting your hand move tenderly from head to toes, thankful for gifts of awareness and aliveness.
 

To conclude lift up and release people, time, or places to the highest good. As you bring them to mind, use hands to lift them up. Embodying our thoughts make intentions real.

Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh….As they say, these are the days of our lives….Happy New Year!

If you are an InterPlayer,  look back at the year and count some InterPlay connections. This is one way we can claim that something as ephemeral and beautiful as creativity and spontaneity are alive and well. Use “Everywhere” for the place. Just tally connections and send em here.


Murry Stress-mess? Naaaaaaa!

December 23, 2011

TGFI (Thank Goodness for InterPlay)

Incrementality, taking a deep breath, letting it out with a siiiiiiigghhhhhhhhhhhh, shaking it out, speaking in gibberish, and more!

Whatever this weekend holds for you, three Hoosiers in Oakland, Phil, Cynthia, and Stephanie and our gang of elves, Lucia, Theron, Sally and Miriam send love, fun, and this youtube from Hoosierland to remember that no matter how mixed up time, numbers, gifts, faith traditions, and days get….those who play somehow make sense of it all. Wheeeeee.


Cheers! (English)
Sláinte! (Irish)
Nastrovya! (Russian/Polish)
À Votre Santé! (French)
Salute! (Italian)
Skål! (Swedish)
Salud! (Spanish)
Prost! (German)
Saúde! (Portuguese)
Okole Maluna! (Hawaiian)
Kippis! (Finnish)
Proost! (Dutch)
Oogy Wawa! (African Zulu) my personal favorite
Kampai! (Japanese)
Chock-tee! (Thai)
Konbei! (Korean)
Gan Bei! (Chinese)
Stin Eyiassou! (Greek)
And the list goes on …

See  InterPlay.org for New Years Happenings in Seattle, Oakland, and Raleigh and a wonderful 2012 of possibilities.

need a last minute gift? Check out this be amazed necklace from Anita Bondi our InterPlay Jeweler.

Raising a hand in blessing,


Fring-a-ling-a-ling! Got merry?

December 16, 2011

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

Jingle #1

Did that video cost a fortune? How bout something sustainable like a mini finger flash mob? Shake those fingers and dance!

Jingle #2

Don’t like to dance alone? Here’s an idea…. Jingle #3

OK. It’s time for finger improv! I got the music…you got the digits. Remember, your fingers can fly on Jingle #4~

Take a deep breath and let it out with a si——–gh!

Raise those dancing digits and lift up those who could use some play today!


contact thy innocence

December 9, 2011

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

Have you ever considered that all of life is direct connection? On a basic level we are here to be in touch, savor and flow in intimacy.


If we are hurt we may withdraw connection. How do you stay open to spontaneous, joyful human contact?
InterPlayers use a very simple process called the hand to hand dance to “play” ourselves back into innocence.

If you feel open to contact you can go deeper. Welcome greater connection.

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

Bring your own hands together and dance a meditation connecting with your own sweet skin to SimpleThingsAreHoly (This music by Linda Breitag is available through Body Wisdom on Feet to the Fire at our store. Click here)

This month is dedicated to counting InterPlay connections. Have you used InterPlay with others? A group? A person? Please share at Count Your Connections.

Glad to connect with you all around the world.


Eyebrow dancing: Focuser Relief

December 2, 2011

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

Life does get intense at times. Give the screen a good hard look.
Yikes. Hopefully your focuser isn’t as cute as mine.

That focuser may be what people mean when they say, “I’m in my head.” Our eyes “look out” and work at things. The number 11 is great, but not between the eyes. So serious!

InterPlay gives much needed focusing relief in many forms.

How bout an eyebrow dance?

Maybe that’s too hard, like ballet for eyebrows? How about just mooshing your face around.

 

 

 

 

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

When we lighten our focus we change the world at least that much!

Or go crazy by following Theron’s exer-brows.

InterPlay is perfect for recovering serious people and people who are hard to take seriously. Come play or learn how. Go deep or stay shallow. Play big or small, change the world by playing instead of working on it. Really! Find out where to get your easy focus fix at InterPlay.org

 

Raising a hand in connection!