As per this week's horoscopes:
Mars moves to Libra on 2.04 and will join Rahu and Saturn there. He will be sandhi this week (in weak degrees transiting the gap between signs). This will bring experiences on the inner and outer levels of stops and starts- with a bit of chaos and shadow mixed in. Think: lurches. Lurches feel frustrating so I've created a special Creative Engagement activity with this in mind.
Pick a body part. Don't deliberate; let it be an impulsive choice. Set a timer to chime every two minutes.
Let this body part be your entry point into your dance. Start small and with great intention. Move and be moved- paying attention to your breath. When the chime goes off, freeze. This is your "freeze frame". Hold for five counts or five breaths. Then resume your dance.
Every time the chime sounds, pause exactly where you are. Do this for several rounds and then begin to interject slow motion into your dance. When the chime sounds pause as before. Then after five breaths begin to move but in very slow, molasses like movements. When the chime sounds, pause and take your five breaths in "freeze frame" then resume with normal or even fast forward motion. You can continue to play with speed each time the chime sounds and after you pause with your five breaths.
Here are some other elements to play with as well:
Repetition of a movement
Repetition and speed of movement
Utilizing surfaces (focus on just floor, wall, ceiling etc.)
The "third" or space
Expand/contract and open/close
Bring your dance to a close with eyes closed. Lay on the ground or stay standing but find a sense of closure.
What is the "take away" from your stop/start dance?
What did you learn about your reaction to the chime?
Did you notice resistance, relief, surrender, a sense of flow eventually?
Name your dance and let this title capture the essence of your experience.
*Try this dance again and set your timer to a shorter or longer time frame for a different experience. Notice your response. Also, you can use this "score" with your yoga practice for a different type of "dance".
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