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What we've learned on the dance floor. . . . can be of service now.

Dearest Loves,

How did you do in the 9th week of Shelter in Place? Sigh. This seems so surreal at times. I hope everyone is doing okay; taking it one day at a time.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about what it’s going to be like when the state “opens”. It seems to me we dancers might be particularly well resourced when it comes to taking care of ourselves and each other. We’ve been practicing embodied mindfulness on the dance floor for how long? Years. Let it be our practice to cultivate exquisite awareness when it comes to touching our face, for example. I’ve been doing this for weeks, as I’m sure you have as well. I don’t just scratch my face anymore, mindlessly. Before I reach to rub, I think, “are my hands clean?” And if not, I let the impulse to scratch that itch pass with the thought, “it’s just a sensation.” We can make touching (our face and each other) a very conscious act. When we consider being with others in close proximity, we’re well served by our gentle “study” of proprioception on the dance floor. We are acutely aware of precisely where body is, how body moves through space, how body moves relative to other bodies nearby. We can do the 6 foot dance with grace and ease. . .. . . . . . . and by doing so, we can put others at ease. In this small way, we can be of service to others. This is a hectic time folks, let’s bring the skills we’ve cultivated on the dance floor out into the world with loving kindness.

I’m tickled, literally, from the top of my head to the tips of my toes, to report that our beloved Jennifer Burner is on deck tomorrow. She’ll bring her sweet love, her magic musical set, her wise words to us in abundance as we dance together in the zoom room.

Here's the link:

https://www.openfloordance.org/community-dances

Here’s the poem:

Shine

God says for me to tell You This: nothing needs fixing; everything desires a Celebration. You were made to bend so that you could find all of the many miracles at your feet. You were made to stretch so that you would discover, your own beautiful face of Heaven just above all that you think you must shoulder. When I appeal to God to speak to me, I'm feeling just as small and alone as you might feel. But this is when, for no particular reason at all, I begin to shine

'Shine' - Em Claire

Let’s go out there and shine, beloved friends. We can do this.

And isn’t that a great line, “You were made to bend so that you could find all of the many miracles at your feet.” That’s brilliant!

May you find an abundance of miracles right there, at your feet.

See you tomorrow, Beauties.

So much love,

KB


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