Awakening #4

THERE’S A WORLD OUT THERE! (Lyrical)

There’s a common impulse I’ve witnessed a thousand times amongst people who fall in love with this practice. Very early on, even after their first deep moment on the dance floor, they will have the urge to teach. This is very natural in one way, and yet often a subtle case of mistaken identity. The mind is grasping for a concept it can understand in the face of a felt experience that’s new.
When we move through the rhythms, the increased fluidity of the body is obvious. So is the increased depth and intensity of our feelings. What is more subtle and not always noticed is the experience of integration that happens. There’s an inner connectivity and alignment, that in turn creates a spaciousness through which the breath can flow more freely, and this soulful experience of ourselves immediately opens up the desire to offer ourselves creatively to the world.
And the truth is, the world is absolutely parched for what you have to give. That warmth and love and generous impulse to connect in a creative responsive way is so desperately needed everywhere, it’s not even funny. Even if the world was in a healthy way, it would still be thirsty for you, but given the edge we’re walking globally, ‘thirsty’ is not even close. The world is dying for the creative impulse that is you, and it’s a mutual force of attraction. That impulse to give from what you experience on the dance floor is IT.
And this is the 4th way of awakening.
Give
Generously
with great gratitude
and celebrate
what you find there

give1

Story:
The other day I was going to see an old friend, and the retreat centre she’s been building for the last few years. I wanted to take some flowers to her, but as I drove, all I could see were standard shops and petrol stations with wilted bunches of sorrow outside. Within a few villages of my destination I thought I’d have to settle for less, went into one such place past the tired carnations in a bucket. It was busy in there, with a small crowd of people at the till. The woman serving caught my eye through the customers, and sidestepping my English “don’t make too much noise”, I followed a sudden impulse to call out loudly to her so everyone could hear, asking if there was by any chance a florist anywhere near. Everyone turned around and looked at me, and I smiled back as several people at once lit up and told me yes, there is one “just a few streets away opposite the pub down there”, pointing back the way I’d come. It was only a small village, and not very wealthy, and it was clear that they were proud to be able to tell me this. I thanked them gladly and went to find it.
A few minutes later, watching the owner doing a truly beautiful job of wrapping my tulips, I told her what had happened in the shop; of how proud the locals were to have a ‘proper florists’ like this in their village. She was so pleased it was delightful to see.

Both these impulses to speak out in the way I did – the timing, the words I chose, the body language and eye contact I used with it – a lot of it I learnt on the dance floor, and honed in daily life. And the feeling inside it, the generosity, I know has roots in my movement practice too.
Everyone involved left those interactions feeling lighter and more awake, I’m sure. We all could be doing this a whole lot. Like, a lot.
And that’s just a small example of what I mean.
There’s also the way you parent your children.
Then there’s your work.
And what about your relationship with nature? Do you garden? Walk or sit with awareness there? Plant trees anywhere?
Do you have enough outlets that feel creative?
I guess you dance, or you wouldn’t be reading this, but do you sing, or play an instrument?
Write poetry or tell stories?
Paint or draw?
Massage your friends’ shoulders?
All of those things can be done in ways that are not particularly creative, but we need to allow the kind of free spirited creative exploration we get into on the dance floor to happen through other avenues too.
Do you give thanks as a practice?
Specifically and explicitly?
And celebrate what you have?
How about the way you sweep a floor? Or the way you give attention?
Creative action is revolutionary. Each creative step taken, where we don’t quite know what we’re doing but have all senses blazing, moving with courage, relating with compassion, is a waking up situation. Over and over again. Because waking up is not a one time thing, it’s an over and over again remembering, reconnecting, reinventing of ourselves.
Give
generously
with great gratitude
and celebrate
what you find there

“Each man comes into this world with a specific destiny: he has something to fulfil, some message has to be delivered, some work has to be completed. You are not here accidentally, you are here meaningfully. There is a purpose behind you. The whole intends to do something through you. Drop the idea of becoming someone, because you are already a masterpiece. You cannot be improved. You have only to come to it, to know it, to realize it.”
Osho

THERE’S A WORLD OUT THERE! (Lyrical)

There’s a common impulse I’ve witnessed a thousand times amongst people who fall in love with this practice. Very early on, even after their first deep moment on the dance floor, they will have the urge to teach. This is very natural in one way, and yet often a subtle case of mistaken identity. The mind is grasping for a concept it can understand in the face of a felt experience that’s new.
When we move through the rhythms, the increased fluidity of the body is obvious. So is the increased depth and intensity of our feelings. What is more subtle and not always noticed is the experience of integration that happens. There’s an inner connectivity and alignment, that in turn creates a spaciousness through which the breath can flow more freely, and this soulful experience of ourselves immediately opens up the desire to offer ourselves creatively to the world.
And the truth is, the world is absolutely parched for what you have to give. That warmth and love and generous impulse to connect in a creative responsive way is so desperately needed everywhere, it’s not even funny. Even if the world was in a healthy way, it would still be thirsty for you, but given the edge we’re walking globally, ‘thirsty’ is not even close. The world is dying for the creative impulse that is you, and it’s a mutual force of attraction. That impulse to give from what you experience on the dance floor is IT.
And this is the 4th way of awakening.
Give
Generously
with great gratitude
and celebrate
what you find there

give1

Story:
The other day I was going to see an old friend, and the retreat centre she’s been building for the last few years. I wanted to take some flowers to her, but as I drove, all I could see were standard shops and petrol stations with wilted bunches of sorrow outside. Within a few villages of my destination I thought I’d have to settle for less, went into one such place past the tired carnations in a bucket. It was busy in there, with a small crowd of people at the till. The woman serving caught my eye through the customers, and sidestepping my English “don’t make too much noise”, I followed a sudden impulse to call out loudly to her so everyone could hear, asking if there was by any chance a florist anywhere near. Everyone turned around and looked at me, and I smiled back as several people at once lit up and told me yes, there is one “just a few streets away opposite the pub down there”, pointing back the way I’d come. It was only a small village, and not very wealthy, and it was clear that they were proud to be able to tell me this. I thanked them gladly and went to find it.
A few minutes later, watching the owner doing a truly beautiful job of wrapping my tulips, I told her what had happened in the shop; of how proud the locals were to have a ‘proper florists’ like this in their village. She was so pleased it was delightful to see.

Both these impulses to speak out in the way I did – the timing, the words I chose, the body language and eye contact I used with it – a lot of it I learnt on the dance floor, and honed in daily life. And the feeling inside it, the generosity, I know has roots in my movement practice too.
Everyone involved left those interactions feeling lighter and more awake, I’m sure. We all could be doing this a whole lot. Like, a lot.
And that’s just a small example of what I mean.
There’s also the way you parent your children.
Then there’s your work.
And what about your relationship with nature? Do you garden? Walk or sit with awareness there? Plant trees anywhere?
Do you have enough outlets that feel creative?
I guess you dance, or you wouldn’t be reading this, but do you sing, or play an instrument?
Write poetry or tell stories?
Paint or draw?
Massage your friends’ shoulders?
All of those things can be done in ways that are not particularly creative, but we need to allow the kind of free spirited creative exploration we get into on the dance floor to happen through other avenues too.
Do you give thanks as a practice?
Specifically and explicitly?
And celebrate what you have?
How about the way you sweep a floor? Or the way you give attention?
Creative action is revolutionary. Each creative step taken, where we don’t quite know what we’re doing but have all senses blazing, moving with courage, relating with compassion, is a waking up situation. Over and over again. Because waking up is not a one time thing, it’s an over and over again remembering, reconnecting, reinventing of ourselves.
Give
generously
with great gratitude
and celebrate
what you find there

“Each man comes into this world with a specific destiny: he has something to fulfil, some message has to be delivered, some work has to be completed. You are not here accidentally, you are here meaningfully. There is a purpose behind you. The whole intends to do something through you. Drop the idea of becoming someone, because you are already a masterpiece. You cannot be improved. You have only to come to it, to know it, to realize it.”
Osho