Tree Community Dance, Nature Park, Weaverville, N. Carolina
Having spent most of my life with palm trees in Southern California or evergreens of some sort in Northern California the bare limb Winter hardwoods of Western N. Carolina are bewitching me.
Have you ever just taken a walk to be with nature in such a way that you became part of the wild dance?
That is what happened today in the short time I spent simply placing my attention on the dance of the trees. As all kinds of dance and movement has held a primary focus in my life, especially free form and contact improv, I couldn’t help but become part of the “bare limb wild dance” around me.
Something you don’t really see when they are dressed with leaves. Something we don’t often allow ourselves.
To move and connect with wild freedom in life, unattached to what others may think of us.
Sometimes we feel like intimacy is called for
and other times some undulation all by ourselves….
embracing the sun in our arms…
Bare beauty, vulnerable and transparent, teaching us how to inhabit the wild joyful dance of life….
As elders with a long life behind us and not as much embodied life before us, and as humans on the planet Earth at this time, we are being faced with incredible challenges that compete to take our attention.
A couple of days ago I realized I no longer choose to have my attention taken by the fear, doom and gloom broadcast daily, whether on our smart phones news feed or while talking to others. I am weary of it all and need a higher vibration energy bath!.
It is not that I don’t want to know what is happening in the world, but instead the question I am posing to myself, and to you, every day is – where do we want to place our attention? We most always have a choice.
For the month of December I am placing attention on joy, laughter, creativity and acts of kindness as a experiment to see what unfolds. Seeking out and being aware of moments of joy sometimes hidden in the deep pockets and lining of each and every day that seem to get passed over without even looking back. They are always there.
Each day in December you will find a small nugget of joy, humor, creativity or small act of kindness that found me and pulled my attention which will be posted here. I invite you to join me and share your experiences and what you noticed so that we may spread it around! (Please use the “Comment” section below).
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Gaye Abbott, Natural Passages Consulting, 12/23/21. Please feel free to share this post and link to WildlyFreeElder