Come Out and Pray

June 25, 2010

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

Linda Lee, Montana InterPlayer

Linda Lee, Montana InterPlayer, exforming among the trees

Play outside? Yes! Pray outside? Absolutely. The wild blue-green yonder is where it all begins.

Iznami and Iznagi: A Creation Myth from Japan

retold by Carolyn North

Practice

You are a tree. This is not a metaphor.
Hold out a limb. Be aware of your trunk.
Sway from your roots.
Your hands are leaves.
The end of the Book of Revelations says,
“The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.”
With one hand you create beauty.
Let a hand move slow and smooth.
Move your hand smooth and fast.
Move your hand in a jerky way.
Move it jerky and slow.
Place your hand in a still shape.
Move your hand from shape to shape.
Move your hand into contact with your own skin.
Now, move any way you want—crazy, wild, chaotic or free.
This is a way to play as creator and creation.

Now raise that hand and dance on behalf of water, wind, fire and earth, and all directions.
You do not have to think about this. Be the tree whose dance is enough!

Dance

Dance with AH Rahman’s “Incredible India”

Prayer

Dr. Masaru Emoto’s “Healing Prayer for the Gulf”

I send the energy of love and gratitude to the water and all the living
creatures in the Gulf of Mexico and its surroundings. To the whales,
dolphins, pelicans, fish, shellfish, plankton,
coral, algae, and all living creatures   . . .  I am sorry.
Please forgive me.
Thank you.
I love you.

Peace!

We are excited that InterPlay friend and wise, improvising elder, Carolyn North, has two important books to share. “Hearken back to what our long-ago ancestors knew—the indigenous ones from whom came the myths of Creation; and the ones lost in pre-history who erected the Standing Stones. Delve into how ancient knowledge is relevant—if not essential—for our times. In the Beginning: Creation Myths From Around the World, and Voices Out of Stone: Magic and Mystery in Megalithic Brittany are now both available from Amazon.com.

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Reward for Locating Compassion

February 19, 2010

Classifieds poem
Witnessing prayer/chant video
Dance on Behalf of Compassion movement

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

Classifieds poem

“WHOEVER’S found out what location
compassion (heart’s imagination)
can be contacted at these days,
is herewith urged to name the place;
and sing about it in full voice,
and dance like crazy and rejoice
beneath the frail birch that appears
to be upon the verge of tears.”

~ Wislawa Szymborska ~
(Poems New and Collected 1957-1997,
trans. by S. Baranczak and C. Cavanagh)


Witnessing
prayer/chant video

Witnessing can bring us home!

Witnessing is one of InterPlay’s central acts.
We can do it even when we feel lousy.
With easy focus release your obligation to the “other.”
Take a moment to take in something you enjoy.
—this InterPlayer, someone or something nearby.
This is what it is like to find compassion.

Witness a prayer, (gift of Rajiv Naidu, therapist and InterPlayer in India. At the end he describes how the chant came to him.)

Take another deep breath. Reward yourself by savoring the goodness.


Dance on Behalf of Compassion
movement

Raise a hand in blessing and listen to Dance Our Lives by Trish Watts. Do a dance on behalf of compassion for yourself or another.

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


New Year Count Off To Love

December 31, 2009

Rainbow of hope by Don Moseman

Counting New and Old video

Turning of the Wheel poem

One Hand Discernment Dance Practice

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Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh

Counting New and Old video
(submitted by Dorothy Finnigan)
Beat the drum from 1-100 cuz 2010 here we come:

Turning of the Wheel poem
by Kelly Webb-Ferebee from Texas

“As I ponder how I will complete a questionnaire I do each year called “Turning of the wheel”….endings and beginnings….taking stock of 2009 and setting intentions for 2010, I reread my answer to last year’s question about my theme for 2009 to which I then wrote a poem and illustrated it (in a stick-figure way). This was before I began the life practice program. I find it so interesting that my theme was (then, metaphorically speaking) “dance”  – especially given my profound experience during the January 2009 weekend in Austin.”

Dance with abandon
Moving at all tempos
Even stillness counts
Dance with words
Dance with music
Make your dance yours
Delicious
Breathtaking
Like the way it feels to
Form your words
While singing
Dance with pianists, with producers
& directors
Dance in places
You’ve never danced before
Allow your body to have what it wants
Give yourself over
To the dance
That is calling your name
And love every second
Of your moments in
The limelight
Relax into the dance
Let yourself rest in the dance
But most of all—
Keep dancing
It’s time for you to dance
Dance for all you’re worth
Dance for all the time
You’ve wanted to dance
And stopped instead
Dance the whole time
You have left—
Perfect your dance—
Enjoy it’s effect upon you
And upon others
Your soul loves to
Dance
Dance
Dance


One Hand Discernment Dance Practice
Want to know what your body wants this year?
Sitting or lying down, raise one hand in the air. To warm up, for ten seconds each, move smooth, then fast, then slow, then jerky, then jerky and slow.
Shake it out then make a few shapes with stillness.
Then let go and let your hand dance to Trish Watts “Kerala Memories”
with the open ended query, “what does my body want in 2010?”

Raise a hand in blessing as we “Dance Our Lives”

Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh

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Note: Trish Watt’s new CD Gajara honors InterPlay India. CathyAnn Beaty, Cynthia Winton-Henry, and she are accompanied by Tony Hole, Trish Delaney, Diane Christopherson, and Allison Lee January 6-21, 20101 in Bangalore, Chennai, Kerala, Pune, and Mumbai.


Feel the Connection

December 3, 2009

Feel the Connection Poem

Hand to Hand Contact Video

Connect Across the Space Between Practice

Reflection

Raise a hand in blessing movement

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Take a Deep Breath and let it out on a Sigh.

Feel the Connection Poem
by Kate Arms-Roberts

I bring my hand to my partner’s hand,

Two bodies making three:

Mine, hers, and ours.

We drop our hands,

Keep the connection,

The space between.

Good stuff still happens.

My body feels the air feels her,

Keeping us in touch.

I bring my hand to my partner’s hand,

A blessing and a bond.

Hand to Hand Contact Video

This video is from the 2009 InterPlay trip to India. Notice what happens when you watch an InterPlay form on video without being there.

Connect Across the Space Between Practice

Call a friend. Take a deep breath and let it out on a sigh.  Invite your friend to join you.  Tell a three sentence story about what has been going on since you last spoke to them. Invite your friend to do the same.

Follow somebody whose energy state you are drawn to.  Let your kinesthetic connection move you.  They don’t even have to know you’re doing this.  Notice what happens in your body.

Reflection

If you can’t be with the people who are important to you, how can you make a body to body connection with them across distance?  Is there an InterPlay form that can help?

Leave a comment below to share your experiences and noticings.

Raise a hand in blessing movement

When we dance hand-to-hand we often practice opening the space between us. We can feel that connection even when we aren’t right together. Raise a hand in blessing. Turn in a full circle (or not) and know that others are sending blessings to you too.

Take a deep breath… let it out with a sigh

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Note: This week’s post is created by Kate Arms-Roberts. Kate discovered InterPlay while at Pacific School of Religion and completed the Life Practice Program in 2003.  She is currently raising the next generation of InterPlayers in Toronto.

It’s not too late to help support InterPlay ambassadors and their outreach to India! Dance vicariously thru the work of Cynthia Winton-Henry, CathyAnn Beaty, Trish Watts, and other InterPlay leaders by contributing to the Million Connections Campaign. It’s easy to donate online!