Have you ever wanted to explore the relationship between the body and the living landscapes? Have you wondered how mindful movement can shape in response to and with the natural environment?
In these short Movement Inspirations, we offer you some stimuli to help you begin your exploration of movement in all its forms. We invite you to take time to simply explore what it feels like to move, to openly investigate different ways of being as well as using different parts of the body to explore the concept of responsive movement.
From large movements, to small, very slow, or just felt, these inspirations are designed to provide you with a foundation from which to engage in individual movement time and set your creativity free.
Through the Spider's Web
Today’s Movement Inspiration is motivational :) Next time your phone shows 100% rain in weather forecast, please say - Yes, finally!
This is one of the cherishable movements you can find yourself in when in the midst of the dense forest blessed with autumn’s generous rain, sitting under a fallen tree, you get to glimpse at the world through a spider’s web.
Hope you can find your own moment like this soon … rain or shine…
Patterns of Mind
Today, I stepped out of my comfort zone and followed somebody else's footsteps that I found in the sand. They brought me to this land of up-shooting grass, growing in the wet sand, and next to the tall sand dunes. Just sitting with the wind and its tactile presence in the grass filled by the sounds of the waves and the warmth of the sun created a sensual feast for my hands, and feet.
How does the awareness of your mind habits affect your relationship to a place?
If you wonder what sitting in a tree can do for you, this Movement Inspiration is just for you.
Today we rediscover our connection to gravity when lifted off the ground and supported by a welcoming tree.
We hope you can offer yourself some time, next time outdoors, to explore that amazing relation and rejuvenate your walk.
How often can you offer yourself the gift of slowing down, for that meaningful moment, when and where you can start appreciating the subtleties of tactile responsiveness felt alive…?
There is always time to slow down, silently, with your eyes tightly closed. Perhaps one fine morning, you can offer yourself an opportunity to let your hands glide on air letting their movement develop by itself, just in response to the sensations within the depths of the skin. Playful or subtle, whatever the day brings for you. A nourishing exchange.
Dimensionality of Touch
Making friends with the cold takes just a few seconds! Nothing easier. Instead of running away from it, think how the warmth within your heart meets the gentle surfaces of the snow flakes, resting on the many living surfaces of trees, rocks, or the ground. Take one cold breath in, and see how it inspires the breath out. Release. Give in. Your day has just shifted its energy :) All there is to do now, is to walk with deeper appreciation.
Catching the morning bliss hidden somewhere amongst the trees feels like a nature-made glitter sparkle. The shyness of the winter sun might take your imagination to places blessed by its seasonal heat, right at the same moment. It is the same sun and its many faces, revealed by the many places around the earth. Every place has its own sun, yet we all share it. Day in and day out. Snow or no snow.
Feeling the Grace
First snow today. The clarity of air humbles the thoughts, however deep. They realize it is time to be quiet. Whiteness takes over. White is where the colours begin. It is like the most shy and timid sunrise in the cycle of a year, I feel. White is the gentlest opportunity for change. A spirit of a virgin, in the air, welcomed by the stomping brutality of a footstep, on the ground. I cannot deny the weight of being physical, while chasing the gracefully floating snowfall. The snow melts into my black footprint. I keep walking though. I might be causing damage on the path, yet the energies of appreciation that I release, let the snow keep coming. So the footsteps get all cushioned with the fresh layers of the sparkling white, and carry on disappearing. Back into the white world. Thank you snow!