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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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Stillness in Workouts

Stillness for the dancer is very different and gives insight into how we train our bodies. The information going through a dancer’s mind and body is vast. Stillness becomes an active inner sensation perceiving every part of the body continuing to move. This active sensation of stillness has dimension and can expand or contract energy beyond the body.

In everyday terms we think of stillness as inactive. For the dancer stillness is a musical term that gives active space and rhythm to a melodic flow of energy.

Stillness is a part of ballet training when the dancer seems to pause after a melodic phrase. This moment is filled with so much information for the dancer and for the audience who understand the importance of stillness.

Stillness at these completion points holds many images and they are understood in different ways by each dancer. Like the child spinning until falling, the dancer allows the motion in the body to equalize and return to a balanced state. This experience is one of gathering energy. The entire person is flooded with a kind of integration of everything that has happened and what that means to the rhythms of the breath, the senses, the emotions, and the understanding of the self.

For the dancer who is prepared to receive this much information, the stillness moment is a celebration of arriving with all the clarity of each success and also each wavering variation that may be seen as error.

For those of us simply basking in the joys of ballet, stillness comes to mean a basic jiggling of our energy back into place. The teacher asks us to hold the moment after a simple phrase. That is our time to breath and to integrate the connections we are making throughout our entire body brain networks.

For other dancers and other workouts, stillness plays an important role. After a workout, rather than hanging our heads and feeling overwhelmed, we can supercharge the end of the workout, or a rotation, or a distance run.

The principles are simple. When able, stand solidly on both feet. Enjoy the energy flowing through the entire body. Stand tall. Eyes are open. Accept the exhilaration of thoughts and hopes filled with so much energy. Appreciate the fullness of breath and the release of everything you are in this moment. These moments calibrate and integrate every experience in your workout, your creation of the day.

For the aging heart, these principles begin with the wisdom of the race horse trainer who takes a cool down walk after an intense sprint. Moving slowly in place or in a circle allows the heart to equalize. Eyes up when possible is a welcoming of breath through the entire body. Then take your moment of stillness.

The experience of this moment is worth a thousand meditations attempting to arrive at a balanced state. And yet there is a final closing step that we can learn from meditations. That is thanking ourselves. Yes for this little part of our workout, for this moment in our day, the greatest arrival is gratitude.

We forget that when we came to workout or to dance, our goal was to benefit ourselves. We did not exert ourselves so we could prove that injury is worth the effort. We came to benefit ourselves.

So the simple conclusion of every movement phrase is a quiet, “thank you!” The other messages might be “yes!” or “not quite there,” but the momentary conclusion is one of complete arrival at integration, “Thank You!”