Part 1: Words of Wisdom: Relaxation and impulsiveness. Read more below.
Part 2: Follow Me: Floor Movement. This session we will be lying on the floor. Near the end, you will need a long veil or strap to loop around you foot and gently manipulate your leg’s the range of motion.
Options for the end of the video session:
- Movement: Either scrub the video back and use the flute music as you close your eyes and let your body move; or turn on your music, close your eyes, and let your body move…(I suggest 15 minutes on your own then 5′ rest.)
- Writing Cue: If you prefer writing… What comes to you with the word’ intuition’? Is it in your body? Your heart? Your thought? Is it sharp, or gray, or muted or incessant? Write freely. Anything that comes.
Here are my Four Rs:
Relaxation. Receptivity. Reciprocity. Rest.
Relaxation is the first. Our bodies hold a lot of stress. From not moving. From moving unconsciously. From moving inefficiently. From moving under duress or with engrained injuries. The best first stage for unwinding theses stresses–which are not only body stresses but stresses of our entire being–is to relax.
Use less effort. Move softly. Don’t grind. Don’t invite pain. Move with ease. Breathe fully. Take your time. We don’t need to be better or more brilliant or compete with who we have been or who we wish we were or who we imagine we are going to be. Come to what is happening right now. It is perfect. This is my version of relaxation. Coming to the present moment. Moving and feeling and sensing and breathing, aware of what you are doing.
In the video I speak of impulsiveness and the desire to ‘get away’ from what you are doing right now. This is the holy grail of meditation: staying here, staying present. As we move and focus on what we are doing, we will inevitably run into moments of scattered thinking or feelings of discomfort. We may want to do anything other than what we are doing. These are all normal. These are our patterns of anxiety, and a great deal of it is habitual and automatic. Move and breathe and be relaxed as you watch these waves of impulsiveness come and go. Like little storms. The weather of the self.
Once you’ve gotten fluid with observing the approach and departure of your impulsiveness and anxiety, you can look a little more closely for the front edge of your storm. There is always a warning sensation, a place where your anxiety begins. It is usually subtle. Over time and with attention, it will be easier and easier to perceive this initiating sensation. It is often a body sensation. The importance of this subtle feeling is that it is the place where you can avert entering into the storm of anxiety, because the storm is a lot of disruptive biochemistry. It is hard on our bodies and beings to be flooded again and again with our same anxieties. If we can catch the storm before it bursts, and breathe and relax, we can avoid entering into the maelstrom of distressed and stressful biochemistry.
Next Week: Receptivity
The music we are moving to in this series–‘Sufi Music of Turkey‘ by Kudsi and Suleyman Erguner–is classical, contemplative, deeply entrancing Sufi music. Ney is a Middle Eastern flute. Taksim means ‘improvisation.’ Erguner hails from a musical family. His father, Ulvi Erguner, and grandfather, Suleyman Erguner, were well-known players of the ney. In addition to what he learned from his father and grandfather, Erguner learned from the older musicians who often visited his childhood home. Erguner’s knowledge of Turkish classical music was enhanced through his studies of the Sufi tradition.
The art is profound and soul-connected. Sufis use music to enter the Present Moment, to be at one with the Divine. I can think of no better accompaniment for our pursuit.
In the March series I offered an array of topics for exploration. It was almost a survey course of movement mantras. A ‘book’ of body prayers.
‘Intuitive Flow’ is quite different. It is the central practice. It is simple in appearance. Move. Be present. This simplicity is the essence of Dancemeditation and the Sufi path. Unadorned, direct, it does not offer entertainment. It is purposeful. We pursue the Moment to be self-connected, where all healing comes from, and to be in Communion, where all Truth comes from.
My life at this specific juncture demands this work. I knew I could bring myself to this solace despite demand and frenzy and worry that has been my companion for the past few months. So that is why I offer it.
Lilacs are in bloom in the northeast and the perfume is transporting. This scent stops time for me. What does the fragrance of lilacs evoke for you?
This session is for you. Thanks for not sharing.
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Next time your friends can join us.)
©2013 Dunya Dianne McPherson
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