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Do Dancers Preserve Powers We Ignore?

With the discussion of marijuana and opioids, the issue of a full range of medications comes into view. We seem to direct our goals to replacing chemicals we already generate within our selves. Or if necessary we block the receptors or replace the balance of the body with our own designed balance.

All these approaches are generally a one way approach of what our thought can conjure as computer data to design a model of life.

The problem is that we have no idea what life is as a separate physical, chemical, or mathematical reality. We are thinking, feeling, emoting, self and group directed people trying to concoct a model for life. Our thought has led us to much destruction and to high rates of depression, suicide, and almost a love affair with addiction.

There is however a subset of people that are preserving the brain as we know it. They are dancers, musicians, and people of prayer who are deemed different or creative and thus easily discounted from a data point of view.

Meanwhile, the dancer has an intimate relationship with endorphins, dopamine, the connecting and reconnecting of synapse, the monitoring, and healing of injury, not the least is the override of trauma that provides personal perspective upon ones life.

Obviously creative and religious people get lost in our cultural searches that end up in discouragement and addiction. This is a common trait of us all.

What these endeavors hold is a common process of life and learning developed over thousands of years. They deserve another look to get a glimpse of the brain and the networks at work that are disappearing without our notice.
Tim Hurst 07/24/18

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Dance Music Surprise

There seems to be much surprise that music and dance are helpful to people with all kinds of ailments and diseases. Some reference is made to the processes of the brain.

This surprise is curious since most people have an immediate response to rhythm, to melody, to dance. Obviously dance and music are important parts of our well being.

The effect of dance is easily recognized. When an athlete makes especially clear movements, the are called graceful like a dancer. The influence of dance technique and phrasing is easily spotted in a gymnast or a skater.

Why then the surprise of the importance of music and dance as a major connector of areas of the brain? Or more to the point, why do we have so many qualms about arts as a part of hard core education? And to continue the inquiry, why have we ignored the learning of dance and music that centers around building experience as a major part of learning?
Tim Hurst 12/28/17

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Movement Poems

4:44 am
Young man I see your aligned spine
Straight as the day is narrow.
Your step vibrant and strong.

To my fault I see your forgotten memories,
The childhood tilts as an airplane,
The spins that set your mind right.

I wish for you and me the play of the diving Crow, the Bear cub, the Dolphin.
We could at least prepare for the unexpected slight that one day takes our breath away.

4:53 am
Young child I see your memory fade away.
There was a time when we all danced and sang with you hours upon hours
Our camping fires flickering the night with delight.
Our joy burst from us and joined on a path that knew no bounds.

So much harder it is now for you to touch the precious in yourself
And even harder to say, yes life is for living and I am life.
Tim Hurst 12/12/17

4:56 am
Young dancer I see you moment by moment opening memory,
Memory of the curious, asking of the moment to open.
I am inspired by each surprise you find behind each asking.

I wish for you and for me to move in agility until all our memories open.
Tim Hurst 12/12/17

5:02am
Young worker sitting at your arduousness, I see you.
Yes your body complains year after year kindergarten or CEO.
Sitting may as well be called stilling because we and even our meditators
Instill a force upon ourselves to sit still.

Of course there is a purpose of stillness, to move our thoughts, or our fingers.

To my fault I see the cascading memories of movement fade away each moment. Gone is the memory of our selves as continuous and agile movement like music, like a dance.
Tim Hurst 12/12/17

5:15 am
The breath of the singer is a study of agility.
Wish that I and we could open in like anticipation
Of the beauty we can find within.

Our bodies would know the memory of a yawn
That opens every cell in preparation for so much oxygen.
We would again welcome a lifting of ourselves
While spreading our ribs and wings to make space for breath.
We would remember that each breath awakens toes and nose.

We would remember the thankfulness of heart and chest rising like meeting the sun.
Our throats would open as would all the openings surrounded by our collar bone.

All the breath we have welcomed will rush through raising soft palates, bringing a surprise Ah to our throats. Our backs become new born freshness with breath expanding our edges.

At the top of breath we peak at what the next moment can be, rollercoaster or glider. At these moments all cells speak with movement, nasal passages quiver, third eye’s nurture, cranium bones prepare to release geysers of life from their top most joints.

All this is the life of one breath for the singer. We sit and wait for a rendering of sound vibrations revealing this one singer.
Tim Hurst 12/12/17

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My Creator is a Dancer

It is time to cut the seriousness, taking ourselves so seriously that is.

Seriously, Isn’t it time to stop straining so hard to justify ourselves as a grain of the entire cosmos claiming we are the authority on whether there is a creator or not and if so what kind of a creator he or she is. Maybe that old phrase applies here. Get Real, seriously.

A dancer knows when it is time to pop out of the womb that every moment is a fresh creation. What’s there to do? We dance the celebration dance and the stay alert and alive dance as a kind of juggling act. Actually the juggling is already in process. We are born with a kind of binary up and down, expanding and contracting sort of perspective that means we are a creation in process, in the balance as they say. The dancer of whatever age plays within the balance.

So if creation is at hand every millisecond, what is there to decide? Creation exists. We can name it as life. We can observe it. We can catalog it. And within ourselves those tasks are daunting.

Luckily we are equipped with all the resources to probe and experiment with this life, both life that is us and our life that is interconnected with all life. Luckily we do not have to decide if this life is personal or chemical or extra-terrestrial.

A dancer knows that life is the next moment arriving with all its surprises. We do not have to surmise the characteristics of this life because by the time we make our cartoon dance of ourselves, life has divided a million times into another surprise. Why do we suppose that teenage dancers are eager for the next moment while their peers are imagining hundreds of ways to shut down the life they are given.

As an aside, it is curious that we can spend so much seriousness on whether or not we are right about a creator when we can not even decide how to treat the life at our finger tips. Take for example the polar bear as a creature that can solve any of life’s challenges of survival. Yet as we shove them out of their habitat, we can not devise a way to feed and treat them as real life.

Curiously, this the same way we treat insect species that we kill off daily and even our children have no place to fully play within the realms of their immense creative life. We work our children like they were factory rats and wonder why they have no idea what wonder and awe of life is about.

Back to the point of seriousness, we are given all we need to manage and shape our self as a functioning part of life. A dancer takes a simple image with a simple thought and a movement; adds a simple hope and begins to gather data from the richness of their experience. A dancer knows too that there are dials to amplify every quality of movement, focus and emotion and meditation.

Navigation is as simple as asking a question. Ahh, here is the debate of the creator. Can we ask a question of life and get an answer? People who have faced extreme life threatening challenges, say yes. Well yes is yes.

We can ask questions of life and get answers. Never mind that we believe it takes a life time to develop a relationship with life that allows us to ask or to listen for an answer. This is a matter of experience. Experiment with the experience, dare I say it, like a dancer delves into the rich qualities of experience.

Seriously, if we are a fresh creation every moment, isn’t it about time to stop beating around the (burning) bush and get into the business of participating with our life as it grows.

As the dancer knows, life takes attention, anticipation, sorting and discarding what is cumbersome,and of course being vulnerable enough to have fun with a mistake.

So for better or worse my creator is at work every millisecond and I might as well call life like it is. a dancer.

Oh and for all the takers of life, it is not easy and it is best to take those moments of silence that our ancestors treasured as ways to send and receive messages about our experience. It is also helpful to find others who love life to join us in preparing for encounters with the likes of the Christ who answers a question with a question about our empathy, our forgiveness, and our willingness to live a full life.

Outtakes:!?: What about the question if life is worth it, particularly if there is no creator to confer with for further encouragement. The courage of asking the question is sometimes left for the risk takers and the dancers who face their vulnerability in every part of their lives. And also, who is brave enough to ask if being without life is any less challenging on the other side than life is on this side? We might as well slow down our experiment and have fun with life. There is the challenge of real courage.
Tim Hurst 10/07/17

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Max Loughan on God and Energy

Must see 13 year old Max Loughan, scientist and entrepreneur on Facebook who wants to make the world a better place. He means it.

To Max Loughan

I loved your interview with the scientist who wanted to identify with you and could not grasp the largeness of your conception of Life.

My wish for you is to keep exploring deeper into the essence of life and the ways we can treasure life. Teach our children to love life more and more. Do not stop with what we think we know and most of all do not follow the shallow thinking that the experiences of the people of religion and the arts have no value. They are the supreme searchers. They are the explorers of the different realities and the infinite realms of vibrations and energy that you hope to understand.

Mathematics and reality are partners. Life is the essence of creation. The energy that makes up Life is based on Love that is infinite beauty as seen in the fractal. There are two books that make the distinction between Life as the essence and Love as the transformer of man when man can not transform himself or his world beyond what he knows.

One is Glenda Green, Love Without End. The other is Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist. You will have already approached all the questions they raise. However, there is the question of a creative force beyond our knowing that no person comprehends. One reason we do not comprehend is that Love is an infinite care and nurture of life that we humans have the capability of thwarting and reversing for our own ends.

I am curious if you have an equation for this, our ability for self deception and our commitment to an illusion that we make things better by our thought even though our world keeps showing us how we miscalculate the delicate balance of our ecosystems and even our own bodies.

My search is for the wisdom within the movement of Life and how we can communicate with that wisdom and live within it. My feeble efforts are at https://movineasy.com/blog.

Thank you Max Loughan. Your courage is looking and speaking clearly.
Wishing you the best with your search and your innovations.
Tim Hurst 081917

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Letter to Lovers of Life

Intelligence is being discovered in every area of our bodies, in every system within a human person, and in every interaction with our world, This intelligence is both understood as basic human nature and seen as unreachable within extremely stressful circumstances.

This confusion about intelligence as both useful and elusive can be seen in a growing worry about suicide even in our teenagers. Confusion about gaining and applying personal strength reveals a disconnect in understanding our experience of life.

Our language and survival tendencies limit our agility to discover information beyond what we have catalogued. We label the entire realm beyond our comprehension as the unknown, or as mystical, or worse, we claim that one day in the future we will know everything that we do not now know.

The realm of the arts and religion label these unknown areas as layers of experience. Both disciplines explore many realms of experience. They show us clearly what these experiences look like in music, dance, ritual and the other arts. They engage us, involve us, and take us into their newly discovered territory.

Arts and religion do not stop with focusing our attention on different layers of experience. They describe in detail a process of discovery that can be applied to each individual and each group.

The power of the arts and religion is easily shaped to justify any opinion. The arts and religion can be used to promote an opinion or a product to sell. They can justify any group wanting to dominate any other.

When a person connects a powerful experience available through the arts and religion with survival instincts, many paths are possible. Most,of these paths lead to the entanglement of domination or the disillusion of addiction.

This collusion of the arts and religion as an open realm of discovery with the practical application of power leaves a vacuum. In this vacuum rise the voices that discount the arts and religion as outside the necessary areas of study. Others call them mystical or redefine their purpose as another way to improve the static brain or to improve exercise or to cure disease.

The reality is that the arts and religion engage every human system and give access to experience that builds strength and understanding of the process of life. Far from challenging science and math, they are ways of experiencing the depths of life that both science and math describe.
Tim Hurst 081617.

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Open Letter to Protesters of Bad Bodies

Who are we that protest so eloquently?
We argue that our knees grind. Yet we grind every step into the ground.
We insist our spine is our culprit. Yet we crumple it as if it were ready for the trash.
And our hips are so untrue to be bone upon bone. Yet what are hips for except to sit?

Yes we exercise. We seek definition. And yet we injure whatever we want and the doctor says we have to rest six weeks. We know the story from the last time, “Give the body a chance to heal.”

Have we not noticed what the dancer has discovered?
Being erect is not a grind. Lifting ourselves up is easier than one plus one.
Pulling the body with the legs is out of date. The body moves. The legs spring.
Discipline comes from the love of movement.
Quality of movement connects our brain and our body and our desire and our hope.
Quality of attention is the key to preventing and nurturing injury.

It is the same old story, “Give the body a chance. Dance!”

Tim Hurst. 05/20/17

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Open Letter to Doctor Doctor

Doctor! Doctor!
You say exercise feeds us what we need.
For our depressions, for our pain, for everything it seems.

And oh Doctor Doctor!
You say meditation does it too and maybe yoga too!

But Doctor,
Did you notice that dancers combine the three since the times of our most ancient trees?

I wonder what you see Doctor
When you do not see that it is the quality of movement that nourishes us.
And oh yes the quality of focus and thought that bond us to our movement.
And the quality of hope that binds us into a whole as one and as many.

It is difficult to see that living within the quality is a nourishment along with a delight of excellence.
Tim Hurst. 05/20/17

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Live Performance

To The Dancer
After seeing Sharon Marroquin’s Las Cuatros Estaciones: A Story of Human Trees.

When I experience your creation, my neurons not only mirror a creation, my mirror is of you, of each performer, connecting everything.

Thank you for the bravery of your dance to touch the anguish of a repeated life, the resplendence of clarity, the despair of conflicting lives, the freshness of new birth.

A scientist can record the pathways in you, in me, mirroring every second of your creation.
Yet you and I are the experience of everything connecting, an experience beyond any pathway.

My mirroring of your creation creates a garden of seedlings exponentially unique in myself. Together we create a fresh garden of seedlings that create structures that connect us all in unique ways.

We build worlds with each dance that speak for themselves and create fresh worlds.
Tim Hurst. 03/24/17

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Open Letter to Children

To the Children
You know what you have to do, grow and teach us to grow with you.
Everything you bring with you is beyond our understanding so we will do the best we can to learn with you.
You have a big challenge, to remind us that we are building a world with every movement and sound we make.
We may not notice all the worlds you are building. We may not be able read the clues you give us. We may not be able to hear all your songs, experience all your dances, or see all your drawings. And especially we may not know their importance to the new worlds you are building.

We may not able be able to see the world you are building in sand or in climbing a wall. We may interrupt you thinking that your play is not a major creation in your life.

Even though we think you are doing everything for our approval, please keep building and be patient with our many blank spots in our eyes, our feelings, and our brains. And especially keep dancing and singing and drawing until we get a clue of the person you are becoming.

Be patient, we are one dimensional and we can not distinguish the multiple dimensions you know as wide as the horizon.

What we have to teach you is hope, trust, and the benefit of continuing to build your world. We may not be the best examples but we will love you and give you the best we have.

What we teach you may sometimes contradict what you need to do, to grow and to teach us to grow.
Best Refresh to you, Tim Hurst. 02.15.2017

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Open Letter to Parents

Parents of young children, watch your children dance. Your children will move easily through experiences and worlds that will instruct you beyond your imagination. They are integrating and building networks faster than we can think. Their movement and explorations give us clues for what we no longer anticipate or have a hope of understanding.

More than we would wish, children mirror us right down to their cells, our every feeling, struggle, and delight. Their dance and movement exploration will give you a daily clue of what their experience is. When dancing, they are sharing their imprint of experience up to today.

If you have a particularly loaded day with intense experiences, try putting on the music and dancing with your children. Dance is the best way to open all channels and let them clear. Any changes you make will register deeply with them, from tense to fluid, from frown to laughter.

Best wishes for a refresh to you, Tim Hurst 02.15.2017

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Open Letters to You

Dynamic Vision We are new fresh creatures each second. We participate in our freshness while preparing for the next moment. Dance and music are training to refresh everything.

Open Letter to Children
I see you live in your freshness, instantly creating the next moment.
I see you discover a new dance every time you run or climb or dig.
I see you invite us older jaded ones to participate on the roller coasters you experience.
I love to watch you when every discovery is the freshness of a new moment.
I invite you to keep singing and dancing to express your new melody, your fresh rhythm.

Open Letter to Teens
I see you seeking the experience of your freshness and puzzling about the next moment.
I snap my fingers when you find a dance or a song to express your instant self explosions.
I invite you to discover the difference between hurting your self and helping yourself.
I love your insistent search for what it means to care.
I invite you to choose a mentor who cares and to mirror that care to your peers.
I will watch for the brightness of your melody and your rhythm carrying you to the next moment.

Open Letter to Parents and Grandparents
I see you seeking the experience of the next moment and puzzling about your freshness.
I see you care for your children who bring puzzling questions about the next moment.
I invite you to clear the path for the freshness, birthing a new self for you all each moment.
I invite you to notice the melodies and rhythms of your children as clues to the puzzles they are solving.

Open Letter to Busy People
I see you seeking anything that helps keep you going.
I invite you to bring the child’s freshness to your next moment.
I invite you to remind your self of that freshness at least twice a day.
I suggest 1 minute of melody each day that you sing or dance.
I suggest one dancing or singing class a month to find your melody.

Open Letter to Dancers and Singers
I see you experience your freshness, instantly creating the next moment.
I see you mirror your care with your fellow creators.
I see you clarify your experience of freshness in the creation of melody and rhythm.

Thank you to Everyone for Your Courage to remember our freshness preparing us for the next moment.
Thank you to the Parents and Mentors who remind us that all we have to do is remember the freshness arriving every moment and enter the creation of the next moment.
With Best Wishes, Tim Hurst 02.27.2017