Monday, July 14, 2014

Nature of Movement: Esalen, July 2014

Moved by wild nature

This is one to remember...

First off, thank you all for gathering around each other so gracefully as Kai and I headed off on our adventure on Wednesday. It was so good to feel all of the great support from Kai, Katie, Tjarn, and each of you in your care and kindness. Big Sur seems to keep coming through with its wondrous beauty to touch the deep down places in each of us.

As you read this I hope you can feel a fuller breath coming into your body, a dialogue with gravity occurring in this moment, and a balance of attentional field as you feel the back of you body equal to the front.

Here are a few links:
Steven's Photos
Doreen's Photos
Poems to Live By (a collection of poems for the path)
Joy's Lost Found Art 
YuLin's Gorging Movie
For those of you that use Facebook, YuLin created a group: Tribe: Esalen Nature of Movement 14
Anyone else have a link they would like me to add?

Then this poem came to mind when thinking of this group... another Mary Oliver!

The Plum Trees
by Mary Oliver 

Such richness flowing
through the branches of summer and into

the body, carried inward on the five
rivers! Disorder and astonishment

rattle your thoughts and your heart
cries for rest but don’t

succumb, there’s nothing
so sensible as sensual inundation. Joy

is a taste before
it’s anything else, and the body

can lounge for hours devouring
the important moments. Listen,

the only way
to tempt happiness into your mind is by taking it

into the body first, like small
wild plums.

The Plum Trees by Mary Oliver: Audio file read by Steven This is a first time experiment. It downloads as a m4a audio file on my computer... hope it works on yours.

Two claps, Deep bow... a touch to earth,