Stars, Solstice, Synchronicity

December 20, 2010

It’s almost December 21st, the Solstice, a full moon, and a total lunar eclipse. Remember that Dec 21 is the longest summer day in places like Australia. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BGWKyM5MKw

Speaking of our synchronous universe, did you know that scientists recently figured out that the average human body has 50 trillion or so cells. Multiply that by the 6 billion people on Earth and we share 300 sextillion cells. This is apparently the number of stars in the universe.

There are also many unseen stars in the InterPlay universe.

Did you know that  Ginny Going (Raleigh) keeps track of the Teacher Training Program?
GinnyDear InterPlay companions,

As we mark the darkest day of the year and yet the turning of our planet toward the coming of more light, may the gifts of play and the amazing community of InterPlayers around the globe light your way into a new year filled with hope, joy and love.

Blessings,
Ginny

Harriet Platts, hospice chaplain (Seattle) organized several US events this year.

HarrietHenry has a missing finger on his left hand…actually, the finger is
wrapped and kept in a box on the mantle for safe keeping (a little
bizarre). During my last visit with him on Monday, I raised my hand
to offer him a blessing, “May the Lord bless you and keep you…;” He
raised his hand and pressed his palm against mine. “May the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you.” Blessing
backatcha…he gifted.

To all of you-Hand raised in blessings, both coming and going!

Marcus Liefert (Berkekley) put Monday and Friday Emails online and played with Wing It!

Marcus

May we feel the dance in every moment. The dance of fingers on the keyboard, the dance of light and dark, the dance of families, friends, feelings, the dance of all us 300 sextillion cells, the dance of the sun and earth and moon…Peace and blessings to all bodies in this dance!

Nika

And woo-hoo for Nika Quirk, volunteer of the year and Body Wisdom board president! Thanks a million!

So many connections among us. InterPlay moves with attention to details and people. Thanks to all who ad-ministered the art of play in 2010! You made our part of the synchronous universe more possible!


How big these hearts

December 13, 2010

We have big hearts. Big enough to reach around the world. So big we rarely give up on love. So big that sometimes sky and earth are not big enough.

Kate Amoss turned me onto The Biology of Transcendence: A Blueprint of the Human Spirit by Joseph Chilton Pearce. This 85 year-old elder shines light on neurocardiology and foresees a new brain that will make us more heart intelligent. The heart is smart- we have brain cells in our hearts! AND, Chilton Pearce hallmarks play as key to this evolutionary path.

Celebrating on the beachIn the center of the spiral is the heart. Our heart is in our hand. Hands speak for the heart.

Connections between us transcend theory. We engage electromagnetic currents that we sense most easily in the three feet of space around our body. But our hearts bridge greater distance, time, even life itself. Something about InterPlay enables us to open our heart a little more and consent to play. Is this why InterPlay is an international movement? Because love is happening, and if not love, some weird, delightful electromagnetic affection?

Evidence of hearts at work in the coming month include:
Masankho Banda, InterPlay ambassador, reunites with Shiphiwe, his love from 23 years ago in Malawi at Christmas.
The heart of Nika Quirk, InterPlay board president, travels to the UK to lead with support from Caroline Kiesel (Minnesota) and friends in the British Isles.
InterPlay India’s heart called Harriet Platts (Seattle), Sally Craig (DC), George Muedeking (Albuquerque), Peter and Jenny Batten (Melbourne), Trish Watts, (Sydney) Tony Hole (Adelaide) and Stephen and Cynthia (Oakland), to join Prashant Olalekar, Hazel Fernandez, and Jaime and Ligia in Mumbai, S. Gudjarat, Delhi, and Varanasi. Trish has been there six weeks coaching and playing with India leaders.
Phil and CathyAnn Beaty travel to Australia to deepen those reciprocal connections formed over twenty years.
Nadia Thalji from Brazil travels to the US for training. Her heart moved the first time she InterPlayed. This blend of creativity, community, and wisdom is her path.

I’ve barely started. It’s best not to think too much about zillions of connections and the wild ways of the heart. We can count some, but the truth is—-they workFingers in front of clouds by math we cannot calculate. In fact, someone discovered there are 50 trillion cells in the average human body. Multiply that by 6 billion people on Earth and you get about 300 sextillion cells which is also the number of stars believed to be in the universe. Unfathomable, but not to the heart.


I am a Traveler

April 5, 2010

InterPlayers in India

I am a Traveler. Call me way out there, whatever. I not only travel on planes, but with my amazing human abilities, I “connect” through time, space and over long distances in my physical body. Reaching out to friends around the world, I sense relationship on a physical level. My body kinesthetically “moves” into relation with InterPlayers in India and Australia like a magical tele-motor-conductor. You too?

The bad news? Travel can make me scattered, spacey, till I’m downright outta body. That’s one reason I love InterPlay as a life practice. Again and again it brings me back to this chair, this room, this breath, this little place. If I dance, sing, or create with someone else in the room, I know how good it is to be at home where I am. This chair, dance, breath is ENOUGH! I don’t have to be all over the place, in everybody’s business. Wheeee. Gratefully, I’ve learned that I can move easily between travel and homecoming throughout the day. What a wonderful body. I’m rarely stuck.

And hey, like Michelle Shocked, “I’ve come a long way.”

The web allows similar physical play. Online travelers now meet, greet and conspire (breath with) one another in embodied forms. Nika Quirk has her Powered by InterPlay “Wheeeee, we’re Alive” Monday Morning calls. And, Meri Walker, the Madhatter of Virtual Meetings herself is coaching me and others in the Madhatter’s Tea Party 6-Week Virtual Meeting Camp. Wanna play? It’s APRIL 19-May 24th Monday Pacific Time 3:30-4:30. Meet Meri. The cost is $89.  It’s for anyone who enjoys goofy learning environments involving a tea party and funny hats. What if we could play and achieve our goals without having to drive and fly around all the time? Email for more info: cynthia@interplay.org

Other travel…

Conscious Dancer magazine would love your input for the “Summer Travel” issue. Where have you been and where are you going? What do you dream about? Let our readers know by taking our quick and easy summer travel survey. Thanks!

Minnesotan InterPlayer Sage Lewis, author of JAVA: The True Story of a Shelter Dog Who Rescued a Woman hosts The Pet Playground radio show. Wednesday, April 7 from 1-2pm Central. Six MN InterPlayers will share music, dolphin noises, stories. Call in stories, babble or blurt about animals @ 952-946-6205 or listen to archives of the show at www.DancingPorcupine.com or live at www.am950ktnf.com/listen. Show airs May 2, 6pm Central.

Read about InterPlayer’s Marcia McFee and Karen Foster’s new book, “Spiritual Adventures in the Snow,” about preparing for Holy Week and Passover in USA Today.

Sheila Collins and I are among 60 women launching “Imagine a Woman.” Imagine a Woman International and celebrating the “Imagine a Woman” poem’s 15th Birthday Party at www.imagineAwoman.com. Get your party clothes on, invite your friends, and come on over.


Be each other’s healthcare

December 21, 2009

Play like you mean it! Life depends on it.

On Friday, twenty of us set a rhythm with feet, one step right and one step left. Over the beat, we spoke desires and concerns. That’s when Nika said, “Be each other’s health care.” What a beacon in the midst of US health care wars and the Copenhagen Climate Summit.

As an artist, family member, and teacher, I’m dedicated to health in body and soul. Meanwhile, my husband’s outpatient surgery, Mom’s Alzheimer’s, my athletic dad’s pacemaker, my siblings tussles with stress from success at work, and my communities’ big waves of disease and depression, I know I am one of the lucky ones. I have health care.

“Be each other’s health care.”

You are my body. Frank Forenich states in “No Body is an Island”, our health is profoundly extrasomatic or beyond the body… Emotions are not just experienced by individuals, but shared, unconsciously and unintentionally, across social groups… and so-called “non-communicable” or “lifestyle” diseases may in fact be “spread” through social networks, influence and mimicked behavior. To say that heart disease, diabetes and obesity are matters of “lifestyle” misses the point because lifestyle itself is highly contagious. An enormous percentage of our health and disease is “catching,” one way or the other.”

InterPlay and Body Wisdom, Inc. arose because Phil and I realized that modern thought, language and practice dismiss the creative, curative power of total physicality. Treating the body as an abstract problem to fix reduces health, joy, ideas, and love in individuals and groups. Nations? Yes. When the poor are ill, I am ill. When a prisoner is tortured, it comes back. When I treat earth as abstract, I become abstract. Connectedness is a fact. Our health depends on each other.

So here’s a little Rx for being each other’s health care:

Look for good: Something good crosses your path? Savor and pass it on like multivitamin.

Affirm. Praise others randomly, especially at home. Humans expect chaos. Random praise disrupts theories of suffering and reminds us of life’s benevolence.

Play like you mean it: Step over speed bumps of self-consciousness. “Out” your playfulness once a day. music, dance, word, food, doodle, silence, sport, games, make faces, wear costumes.. Embodying permission to play encourages the play genes elsewhere.

Forgive like a 7 year old: Dogs do it, so do second graders. Relax complaint. Get over “shoulda’s.” Move on. When someone can’t play nice, let them be.

Bring soup, hold hands: When things get real bad, showing up for 5 minutes or more if needed counts.

Hard to get over speed bumps, reactivate play, affirm body wisdom, or show up to beauty and health? Maybe, you are trying to do it alone. Don’t!

Check yourself into an InterPlay life practice program: multiple sessions in friendly groups with great leaders. Life changing, world changing health connections!

“…civilized human beings are alarmingly ignorant of the fact that they are continuous with their natural surroundings. It is as necessary to have air, water, plants, insects, birds, fish and mammals as it is to have brains, hearts, lungs and stomachs. The former are our external organs in the same way the latter are our internal organs.” Alan Watts -Does it Matter


Nika: A “Powered by InterPlay” Coach

October 13, 2009
Nika Quirk

Nika Quirk

Nika Quirk, president of the Body Wisdom Board, has interplayed for about 17 years. A dancer, systems thinker, and beekeeper with an M.B.A., she has served both for-profit and non-profit organizations. As a social entrepreneur she is a savvy small business consultant and EveryDay Leadership coach. Being a beneficiary of her coaching, I want Nika to share her work with us because InterPlayers need ‘nuts and bolts’ ongoing support to create InterPlayful work and lives. We need help to continually clarify our purpose, consider our use of time, energy, and money, and garner crucial encouragement to take new steps.

Nika says, “As changemakers (social entrepreneurs, artists, activists, InterPlay leaders, etc.), we often notice the personal wear and tear of holding the center of something new. It takes physical, spiritual, mental and emotional energy to make the new world that we want to live in. We need community that affirms our body wisdom, grounds our life practice, and supports our purposeful work. A circle, sustained over time, in which to witness, babble, shake out, discern.”

Nika is offering unique coaching in affordable small group tele-sessions- “powered by InterPlay” to support EveryDay Leaders who want to sustain a daily life practice and build a creative livelihood.  Wouldn’t it be great to get support from someone who knows what it means to “go the speed of the body” “use easy focus” “get rid of the icky stuff,” and proceed incrementally?

A visionary listener for times of change, Nika muses…

“Our planet shifts
Old structures fall
Feel the urgency?
Time to engage
With all we’ve got.
Notice the rhythm?”

What is your rhythm? Is it time to thrust, swing, shape or hang? Is it time for a solo, duet or ensemble? What do you need for your next clear, strong initiation? Can phone calls work for embodied activities?  Nika says, “Over the years, I’ve been integrating InterPlay into coaching by phone, teaching online, and facilitating groups like the Body Wisdom National Board via teleconference. We all know the joys of being body-to-body together but in casting a wide community web, I believe that maximizing the possibilities of telecommunications strengthens our interconnectedness.  Just like hand-dancing at a distance, we can stretch our kinesthetic imaginations to find the connection.”

Nika is forming coaching groups of 6-8 people. Interested? Email her at NikaQuirk@mac.com to learn how this form might serve you. Are there other people you’d like to form a group with? Let her know. Individual coaching is also available by phone or Skype, at sliding scale fees – you can schedule directly from her website. As she says, “My mission is to inspire both ease and action in these turbulent times, and to offer my services in a way that I hope is more financially accessible for you and still a self-sufficient livelihood for me.”

Nika’s blog, services and other information can be found by visiting Quirky Auntie’s “Sustainable Living” Room.

Are you a coach and InterPlay leader? Let me know how you blend InterPlay with your services at Cynthia@interplay.org.


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