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?

Grieving is Medicine
Adam Barley | Sep 20 2021
Everything seems normal here.  I can hear the guy who lives across the street fixing up the garden shed he’s been working on for months.  The sparrows are a riot in the tangled threads of Russian vine spilling over into our garden from next door.  I’m just back from taking my youngest to school, all ...
Movement Practice in Focus
Adam Barley | Aug 3 2021
Sometimes it’s great to just dance. Never mind trying to get anywhere or achieve anything. Just dance.  Often however, I need to take a step within myself. I want to achieve something, such as to get out of my head or release some pent-up feelings, enquire into a relationship dynamic or clarify a life-choice, etc. Things like that.  Knowing clearly what our intention makes ...
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, ...
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