Gut Response ~SJM
Last week we worked with our gut- digestion and assimilation.
This week's theme is about support, sustenance and taking steps forward. Our feet connect us, root us- to the ground- our biggest support system. In the Tamalpa Life Art Process (TLAP) as well as in Paolo Knill's approach to Expressive Art Therapy, the landscape is a huge metaphor for navigating and transforming the inner and outer experience of life. Landscape, and how we connect to our landscapes, can be a huge resource and awareness tool for personal growth.
Use foot awareness and great sensitivity to root and find a connection with the earth. You can do this in your studio, outside, on carpet or wood floor- anywhere! Sense the surface you stand on. Explore your standing surface with feet. Shift your weight and continue your foot/surface exploration. How do you relate to the surface you are connected to? As you move into your dance, continue to keep the awareness of your feet alive and how you are interacting with surfaces- the landscape. Explore with stomps, tip toes, heel activation, leaps, etc- use the full range of your feet.
When your foot and surface exploration feels complete, come to your journal and answer these questions:
I feel supported when?
I feel grounded when?
I am safe when?
I am secure when?
I connect with?
I connect when?
I connect while?
Where in my body do I feel connected?
I step forward when?
I step into life with?
Circle ten words that stand out to you and then create a three line poem with your words. You can use Haiku or prose. Your choice.
Extra credit: Step into your poem. Take your poem into movement- one step at a time. Integrate words with body by saying your poem as you step. Find the rhythm of your words in your body.