From Interiority To Conversation And Back

 

 Inner Rhythm, Sept 7th, 2017

“From Interiority To Conversation And Back”

As I was walking up Waddell Canyon on the North coast of Santa Cruz, away from the noisy, busy Highway 1 Labor Day weekend scene, I began to feel greeted and really welcomed by the natural beauty around me. I paused at the wetlands, and as the breeze made music through the tule and cattails, I received the invitation into my own breath, and into my own center. Still aware of the highway noise, I wondered how far, how deep into the canyon I would have to go to immerse myself in the quietude I was longing for. As I descended the other side of a gentle rise in the trail, I felt and heard the machine noise fall away and was greeted by the sound of a gurgling spring, the breeze in the trees, and again, my own breath. I was reminded of one of my favorite poems.

“… but this time alone 

the invisible line

where

you could mark exactly 

when you began to hear 

the sounds of the road 

and the machines of the blank

cries of everyday commerce,

so that for a moment you could 

retrace that one single step 

back into the Glen 

and immerse yourself 

instantly 

in the quiet 

source of revelation 

you had felt 

only a moment before, 

as if underwater, 

as if slipping back 

into the river 

of silence running between 

the tree-lined walls 

and then you could practice 

leaving and 

returning in your own body, 

through your own breath, 

inward and outward, 

descending and 

entering and reentering the silence 

and shelter of your own 

narrow valley of aloneness, 

from interiority 

to conversation 

and back…”

Sligo Glen: Walking Out Of Silence

by David Whyte

Allowing

 Inner Rhythm, Aug 17th, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What might we be carrying inside us that wants to be acknowledged, felt, explored, expressed, witnessed, perhaps just simply allowed, without judgement? What creative resource may be longing to be tapped, or liberated, within the feelings we might tend to deny or push away?

Ariel’s Ecstatic Debut

I’ve known Ariel Churchill for about two decades and is a Santa Cruz local –  she’s always been into the arts and has found herself creating through music, dance, & other expressive arts. She brings a calm, solid and heartfelt energy and I’m excited to have her craft a musical journey for us on August 26th at the Pacific Cultural Center.

I asked Ariel to share what dance means to her, read her response below and check her out on Soundcloud.

“Dance for me has always been one of the most powerful tools I have for self-expression and release. Dance is a way to wring out my body of all that I have absorbed and want to let go of, or conversely it can be a way to really go deep into aspects of myself that I want to honor and emphasize. Dance can be the deepest therapy and simultaneously the most lighthearted play. Whenever I dance I am showing up for myself and this life in celebration of who and what I am. Movement is what we were built for, movement is freedom.”

 

Dance with us on August 26th! Find out more info on FB or Eventbrite.

Grounded. Rooted to Fly

Inner Rhythm, Aug 10th, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What does getting grounded mean for you? How do you get there? Does it support your physical/mental/emotional/spiritual experience?

Last night when I went to dance, I found myself so in my head, not grounded in my body, not even in the room. Remembering that my heart meridian runs down my arms to the palms of my hands, I knelt on one knee, put both palms on the floor, breathed deeply, and felt my heart roots extending into the earth.

I am an earth child.

I was born here.

I reconnected with the powerful force that I come from.

Rooted to fly.

On Prayer & Pleasure

 

Inner Rhythm ~ October 16th, 2014

 

“…For what is pyayer but the expansion of yourself into the living ether?

And if it is for your comfort to pour your darkness into space, it is also for your delight to pour forth the dawning of your heart.

…When you pray you rise to meet in the air those who are praying at that very hour, and whom save in prayer you may not meet…”

“…Even your body knows its heritage and its rightful need and will not be deceived.

And your body is the harp of your soul, and it is yours to bring forth sweet music from it or confused sounds…”

~ KAHLIL GIBRAN

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Inner Rhythm Sept 25 ~ Equinox, Harvest, 4yr Anniversary & Benefit for Veterans

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   I believe in the healing power of embodiment and creative expression!
   Wow! This week marks four years of Inner Rhythm as a weekly dance practice in Santa Cruz. I am so grateful for what we have created together.
   I remember when I was too afraid to start this weekly dance session. Afraid of failing. Afraid of succeeding. Afraid of being seen. I remember walking through life pretending I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Eventually, the pain of not doing what I knew I wanted to do became bigger than the fear, and I had to jump in. And now, what we experience each week together is better than I was ever willing to dream! With tears of gratitude, I am offering a deep bow of thanks and respect to all those who are, have been, and will be a part of this movement.

   Equinox, Harvest
   What are you harvesting from your experience in the dance that supports you in the daily dance?
Benefit for Veterans
   Did you know that all off my dance related offerings are free for veterans?  There are 2.3 million American veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and 2.6 million Vietnam veterans who fought in Vietnam. Please invite your veteran friends to join us. All proceeds from this night will be donated in support of veterans on their healing journey.
   In the past, we have donated to Warrior Songs

Integrity

I have an agreement with myself to move authentically. This authenticity comes from a source deep within me. I love when I’m able to get out of my own way, sufficiently, so that I am BEing moved from this source. And, this is necessary to fulfill my agreement; to be in integrity with myself. ~Hamid

Heads Up…
Inner Rhythm w/ Daniel Mollner Feb 14th and 21st 8:30 – 10:30 at the Yoga Center of Santa Cruz, 428 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (just a couple doors up from the 418)