Living in the Unknown

Twin currents ripping through our human collective

On the one hand:

a hysterical frenzied appetite for information that has now reached astronomical proportions — a vast tsunami overwhelming us all with a cacophony of data, within which us mortals grasp for meaningful morsels while the machines trawl, stack, and disgorge in quantities we cannot even imagine

And on the other:

a profound need to let go

falling back 

into the dark of the unknown

sweet relief of remembering 

that it’s just fine like that

savouring the moment instead

that is your breath

the touch of a hand

the look in their eyes

a scudding sky

which wolf shall we feed?

Movement, home, alone?
Adam Barley | Jun 7 2021
The land for miles around where we live is littered with my graves.  The tree I danced underneath last year, showered with blossom; the hill where I sang to the rising sun; the dark ground I pawed at in anguish; the cliff edge where I wept and rocked myself back into connection; the favourite bit ...
Men, Violence and Evolution
Adam Barley | Apr 18 2021
A white man in his fifties . . .  For many people, I am automatically and understandably representative of ‘the problem’. It’s easy for me to see that point of view. Humans like me have been and are particularly instrumental in perpetuating the horrifying story of separation and dominance that is ravaging the planet. For me, the dominance-battle most close ...
What? How? When?
Adam Barley | Feb 25 2021
What? How? When? WHAT are you struggling with? HOW can movement help? WHEN is the right time for something other than movement? This is the recording from the recent Q&A session on movement practice. Some interesting themes came out...
Valentine’s? For Real . . .
Adam Barley | Feb 13 2021
Valentine’s? For Real . . . I like the idea of a day to celebrate loving, despite the commercial hype. But the reality is, many of us are alone right now, or in relationships that are cracking under the strain of lockdown isolation.   So here are three music mixes for you to journey with, ...
Lights, Shadows, and Loving Wisely
Adam Barley | Jan 28 2021
“Energy flows where attention goes” is a profound piece of wisdom, handed down from the Hawaiian Kahuna lineage. But understanding what to do with that is subtle. A blunt reading of it would conclude that the best course of action is then to pay attention to everything that is ‘positive’ and healthy, and what we desire to experience. The light.
Micro-practices: bringing it all back home
Adam Barley | Jan 10 2021
When I first started using dance as a practice, I had already been sitting in meditation an hour a day for years, so it came naturally to me to do the same with movement. Almost religiously, I would clear aside an hour a day to dance. Then one day, I got the clear sense that today’s ‘lesson’ was not to practice at all. Rather shocked...
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