The biggest and cheapest therapy: DANCE!

September 13, 2013

Welcome to InterPlay’s Virtual Friday breather!

Thanks Pam Falkowski for sending this incredible affirmation of why we dance!

Inspired?

Everytime I skype with someone I use some InterPlay. My favorite is to just dance together.

Even though we’re far apart lets imagine that everyone is dancing with you RIGHT NOW to this music from InterPlayer Shezam Susanne Simone!


InterPlay everyday!  See InterPlay.org

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Global Dance Ambassador: Matt

July 12, 2012

Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh

Shake out one hand.
Shake out the other.
Shake out whatever you are sitting on.

One of the great strengths of those who improvise is our practice of following without hesitation. We learn that following is ecstatic leadership.

Who might you follow with body and heart today?

Matt got people to do his dance on a previous trip. I am very proud of him that he followed up by joining in some dances with friends around the world who know that their dances are a form of deep connective joy.

Raise a hand and dance in connection to those who dance around the world, whether or not we have been “trained.” All dancing changes the world.

 


YAY! Disassembly Required: Discernment practice

November 18, 2011

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

Lucky us. No matter what, artists thrive! Even when we must disassemble our work, body politic, a pattern or our life!

We can play with it! This is an InterPlay secret!
Deconstruction can be fun!
Disintegration is integrating.
Two do not need to become one.
In discerning, some disassembly is required.
Let it dance!

Enjoy a discernment practice from Dance: The Sacred Art: Discovering the Joy of Movement as Spiritual Practice.

If you need to make a decision between two choices, it can be helpful to do a dance using your two hands. Put one choice in one hand and the other choice in the other hand, and do a dance of decision making. This dance can also be done with a partner, or you could watch two people dancing hand to hand.
Dance of Decision Making
• Press your palms together, then pull them apart. Recognize that push and pull are part of decision making.
• Now, let your two hands flow and come together in random connections. Make different shapes as they connect.
• Bring your hands back together, palm to palm. Notice the feeling of this simple connection.
• Begin to open the space between your palms, letting them move apart.
• Drop your hands, then bring them together again.
• Imagine one hand holding one choice and the other holding the other choice.
• Release your focus or worry about the decision.
• With music or in silence, let the dance evolve any way it wants to. Select a piece of music from Phil Porter’s website. musicplayer.htm
• When you are done, take time to write, or simply take notice of  your body wisdom,  returning to the choices you held in each hand. What do you notice about the relationship of these two choices? Do you feel moved toward one or the other? Has any wisdom offered itself?

If you like, please share it here.

Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh. Shake it all out.
Even in this moment we assemble. Raise a hand in connection to friends far and wide.

Know someone in discernment? Send them this link!


Rockin Swinging Prayer: The Love Way

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

Belly dance
Hula
Whirling Dervishes
Swing dancers!
Davvaning
Gospel Choirs
Golf?

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!