We’d have to be blind to miss the big message of the season: everything is beginning anew. Weeds spontaneously erupt wherever there is an opportune nook; tendrils unfurl on branch tips you could have sworn were dead; even the air is crisp and pollinated.
The following quotes are from Such Singing in Wild Branches by Mary Oliver, full text is posted on the blog:
“…I was filled with gladness-
and that’s when it happened,
when I seemed to float,
to be, myself, a wing or a tree-
the sands in the glass stopped…
…while gravity sprinkled upward
like rain rising…”
Right here, in our chair, we can begin anew with gravity, our lifetime companion. Rock the pelvis all around, feel the response of the heart center and the head. We can keep exploring until we settle into a way of being that naturally stacks these three centers and feels like “gravity sprinkled upward, like rain rising”. We can begin anew in this moment, invite a sense of ease.
In this new place, we might soften the floor of the pelvis, relax the shoulders and mouth and let the page blur under a soft gaze, for just a few precious seconds.
“Such soft and solemn and perfect music
for more than a few moments.”
Sometimes, if we fall into a gravity assisted ease and just relax, when we lightly touch the breath instead of defaulting to the unending thought parade, we might be rewarded with a sense of spaciousness, delivery to the mystery.
“It’s one of those magical places wise people
like to talk about….
Listen, everyone has a chance.
Is it spring?…
does your own soul need comforting?
Quick then-open the door and fly on your
heavy feet; the song
may already be drifting away.”
Let’s fall into practice this week with ease, with relaxation, with the spaciousness that comes from letting go of all that remains from the dead of winter, all that no longer serves us. Let’s throw it on the dance compost heap and feel what is sprouting. Two opportunities: Spring Waves begins Thursday, pre-enroll for best value or drop in. Sweat Your Prayers is Easter Sunday. What a way to start this holy-day. Details in sidebar.
Take a chance. Comfort the soul. Fly on heavy feet…this is the magical place… love, bella