Friday, March 19, 2010

Welcoming the Spring Equinox with Reflective Dance Practice

I went to dance with feelings of hesitation, fear, trepidation, and ambivalence.  How could I lose myself in the dance and meditation, yet stay present in my body and protect my healing wrist from injury? Frustrated and confined by my splint and sling I did only what I could. I  was restless during the  sitting meditations, wrestling with my mind. The circle of 13 women holding space for the absent, yet forever present Jen, was palpable. I began to feel safe, respected, honored  and protected, and I was able to let go into the dance, engage and trust. We spoke about the idea of this larger, cultural space of Nepantla rooted in the creation of a new middle. The two bodies of movement, the water, the dance with the resting space of land in between the two. Sometimes, it is a reference to living in the borderlands or crossroads, and the process of creating alternative spaces in which to live, function or create.The idea of The New Normal, is a concept that resonated for me. Change is inevitable. The Question that remains is how do I practice non-resistence? 
"One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice --
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
"Mend my life!"
each voice cried.
But you didn't stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do --
determined to save
the only life you could save" 
~~Mary Oliver~~

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