We concluded our dance workshop with a jam circle that was safe and celebratory. At the end, with sweat dripping from our smiling faces, we held our palms out towards each other and felt our collective energy.
Tag Archives: pencil crayon
“The beauty of playing together is meeting in the One.”1
“This is so magical,” I hear again.
This time the voice comes from below, where friends bundled up in hats and scarves lie in the sand and watch hundreds of lanterns travel above.
Seven thousand of us have gathered to observe the release of these lanterns that mark the end of Chinese New Year celebrations.
Cheers and laughter float across the beach each time another lantern is released. The paper aircrafts tilt and dance upwards uncertainly until they catch speed. Soon, the points of light become indistinguishable from sparkling constellations.
We are called to this ritual.
We are drawn to a unifying experience.
We are hungry for magic.
1 Stephen Nachmanovitch, Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art (New York: Tarcher/Putnam, 1990), 94.
The backyard garden is small but growing. I am slowly getting to know the soil as well as my family’s taste buds.
Here is an approximation of my plan for this year. While the plot is to scale, the plants are not.