Hello, Love Buckets.
I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving; a day to celebrate all we’re grateful for and spend time with loved ones. May you be nourished (in heart, mind, body, and soul) by the holiday experience.
And tomorrow we dance!
But before we get to the dancing bit, I’d like to say something about my experience working out on a Peloton bike with an amazing array of instructors. There are many to choose from and their primary goal is to inspire the rider to optimize the exercising experience. What I want to share with you is my vast respect and admiration for these Peloton teachers. I particularly love Robin Arzon, but it’s not been a direct path to bliss. I had to go through the phase of some level of doubt, of cynicism, of judgment. But I’ve finally come to the realization that my resistance is in service to absolutely nothing and nobody. Why not be “all in” on the ride and the coaching? Why not take her inspiration and pedal harder? Why question her sincerity? I’m really looking at what belief patterns hold me back lately. Why do I hesitate to jump in and get on board? Truly, Robin has all these great phrases like, “self-care is not selfish, it’s sacred” and “what we focus on, we multiply, so focus on the blessings”. She will also acknowledge when the ride gets really challenging, “I know this is heavy. I’m feeling the resistance too, but you know what’s heavier than resistance? Regret.” Boom. She has so much attitude and I love every single minute of it. “Every day is a good day to slay.” 😊 “What the movement catalyzes is doubt into determination.” And finally, “What are you saying to yourself right now?” So, yeah, she’s all about the movement and the need to work things out via physical expression. We dancers can appreciate that concept, right?
I’m curious about what might have happened in your mind as you read through those phrases. Was there eye rolling? Or was there a sense of full-bodied “yes!”? Was there doubt or judgment? Or was there curiosity and a willingness to try on what she was expressing? What I’m attempting to understand is why we resist. Why I resist in particular (but please join me). Yes, there’s a place for discernment, absolutely, but there’s also a time and a place to jump in with both feet and let yourself be carried by the mesmerizing flow of life. The instructor is offering the gift of her words, her music, her encouragement and support. Take it! Take it! Take it! Feel it in the body and revel in it!
Looking forward to dancing with you tomorrow morning.
It will be great fun to Zoom with the ever buoyant and big-hearted Michael Zipkin at 9:45am.
Link to purchase drop in tickets: https://www.openfloordance.org/drop-in-tickets
And here’s the poem. I hope you enjoy.
Logos by Mary Oliver
Why wonder about the loaves and the fishes?
If you say the right words, the wine expands.
If you say them with love
and the felt ferocity of that love
and the felt necessity of that love,
the fish explode into the many.
Imagine him, speaking,
and don’t worry about what is reality,
or what is plain, or what is mysterious.
If you were there, it was all those things.
If you can imagine it, it was all those things.
Eat, drink, be happy.
Accept the miracle.
Accept, too, each spoken word
spoken with love.