Hello, Sweet Beings. How does this note find you now?
I’m inquiring after your well-being with keen & genuine interest. These are intense times we’re living in (stating the obvious, I know). I seem to rocket between extremes from one day to the next. One day I feel great, wonderfully resourced and resilient, full of gratitude for life. The next day, I’m almost overcome with dread & sadness or, on occasion (if I read the newspaper or absorb too much social media), a quiet rage. I miss my old, steady, even-keeled self. I miss a lot of things, frankly. I miss you. I miss dancing together. I miss hugging. But alas, here we are, adapting to a new reality. What I’m seeing in the world lately is a lot of people who seem to be tightly wound and/or on the edge. This is a normal, understandable response to an increasingly abnormal time. We are suffering and we bear it in different ways. Yes, there is certainly a quantity of the calm, wise folks among us. What I’m noting more frequently is what I perceive to be an “uncertainty fatigue”. We’ve grown tired of not knowing what comes next, of not being able to plan, of not touching, of not connecting, of not thoroughly resting the central nervous system. And so what results is either a deep exhaustion or a pent up energy, looking for expression. Blessedly, we have our dance practice and so we know what to do with both. We dance as a means of coming back to centeredness. We express in our movement what we cannot say with our words. We dance our fatigue, our frustration, our rage, our disappointment, our sadness, our not-knowing. We dance and we are renewed. We rest the thinking mind when we dance, and we attune to the sensing mind. And it is good. Movement matters.
I danced today with two beloved friends. We danced in a large space with open windows. We socially distanced, but it felt so good to dance with others. My soul was deeply nourished. My cup of compassion refilled. My quest to experience and understand, renewed. My heart full and happy. My body thrumming in abundant gratitude for the movement, for the companionship, for the felt sense of loving kindness.
Oh, Sweet Beautiful Dancers, come join us tomorrow and be renewed.
I’m beyond thrilled to tell you that Lori will be at the helm tomorrow. She will generously and thoughtfully provide a magical soundscape. And, no doubt, she will offer us words of wisdom & inspiration.
Here’s the link. Please don’t forget to pay too. https://www.openfloordance.org/community-dances
Sometimes I go searching for poetry to share with you, but sometimes it comes magically, wonderfully unbidden. I am profoundly grateful to Marianna and Kit for introducing me to the two pieces below. Thank you, Sweet Friends.
By Thomas John Carlisle
It is good to use best china treasured dishes the most genuine goblets or the oldest lace tablecloth there is a risk of course every time we use anything or anyone shares an inmost mood or moment or a fragile cup of revelation but not to touch not to handle not to employ the available artifacts of being a human being that is the quiet crash the deadly catastrophe where nothing is enjoyed or broken or spoken or spilled or stained or mended where nothing is ever lived loved pored over laughed over wept over lost or found.
We Shall Be Known
We shall be known by the company we keep By the ones who circle round to tend these fires We shall be known by the ones who sow and reap The seeds of change, alive from deep within the earth It is time now, it is time now that we thrive It is time we lead ourselves into the well It is time now, and what a time to be alive In this Great Turning we shall learn to lead in love In this Great Turning we shall learn to lead in love
We shall be known by the company we keep By the ones who circle round to tend these fires We shall be known by the ones who sow and reap The seeds of change, alive from deep within the earth
It is time now, it is time now that we thrive It is time we lead ourselves into the well It is time now, and what a time to be alive In this Great Turning we shall learn to lead in love In this Great Turning we shall learn to lead in love
These are lyrics to the song by MaMuse.
So much love to you,