Over 3 hours delayed on my flight home from Prague, but we’d had such an extraordinary weekend I didn’t mind being up til almost 5am.
Three whole days going through the 5Rhythms shadows – we took the shadow of each rhythm and danced through it in all 5 rhythms if you see what I mean. (For example experiencing the difference between shadow-Flowing in a still way, and shadow-Stillness in a flowing way.) Then we made and moved with masks to investigate more deeply each dancer’s particular individual shadow-chemistry. Explored how to move into the light from those places. Good stuff.
Anyway…. so I’m getting a very late night taxi from the airport, full of these shadow dances, and the driver is this very neat man, quietly spoken, slow and careful in his info-input for the GPS. But he has this really annoying habit, a slight pumping action on the accelerator. Once I’d noticed it I couldn’t stop paying attention to it. He’d accelerate slightly for about one second, then back off a bit, then pump it again, over and over. The whole ride. Like clockwork. I was really glad to be staying with relatives who only live a few miles from Gatwick; if it had been all the way back to our house I would have had to say something.
And then it hit me! He was in Staccato shadow-Chaos! Indecisive.
Well this just kind of made my day once I’d realised. Perfect example of how these shadows often crop up. You’d have to look twice to notice it: a guy who seems very controlled and careful, operating in deep suppression, with his fear leaking out in this unconscious nervous twitch where he can’t decide how fast to go, constantly speeding up and slowing down, barely noticeable but constant.
The shadow of Chaos is a kind of out of control mental confusion, which in it’s Staccato phase expresses itself as indecision, and there it was, so subtle you could easily miss it. A shadow, literally. His brain was probably doing overtime thinking about something a million miles away from the M23.
Worth the late night 🙂