The earth and sky are one
Just as Jesus and Hanuman are One
How could one ever go back to sleep
After being this awakened?
How could anyone hear their name
Shouted in anger again
When they've finally heard it
Whispered with such love.
The earth and sky are one
Just as Jesus and Hanuman are One
The truth finally found me
May I never get lost again
Photography (of Jamie) by Ola Sobanski
Old with new
Child with Adult
Kid like heart
It is tough
Truth with Lies
oil and vinegar
They don’t mix
Sometimes holding on
Who does she want to be?
What is real?
What is her present moment?
32 next week.
What makes her go on her own?
Playing with going
No one else
Fireworks Beautiful colors
Just wanted to see.
She drove through traffic
Testing her ability
She felt fear and she felt...
Guilty for going alone
and no one directs this life anymore.
She just cannot wait for someone to say “lets go”
She’s got perseverance.
She’s got Community Damn it.
Go try. Break fear.
Wallowing chokes out growth.
Transitions are meant with tears
and that’s okay.
Didn’t see that one coming.
Space opened just for you to feel
other people’s presence
She opened-up her
Not everyone sees.
How she copes
reads and challenge
that not easy.
They have been trying
and she dropped her wall
She doesn’t want to live in fear
that’s not cool at all
She’s worth more than
Thankful for a moment
spoken into her life
Speaking to her “let them control their own boundary”
And the body is hers for purposeful slowing down reasons
Not to ignore the fact asking for help-- is in that lesson
Logic with emotion
Won’t work hand and hand
and hers is human
Expression is in discovery
It will come through play
Allowed to create
Silence and with speaking
Silent no more
She works to speak.
Yes, it’s tough
And well hell
She meant to be heard.
Slow and steady
She gains momentum
Nothing to prove just gains for herself
A Voice, Freedom, Living, and Personal
Blessed to be among
people who see this when she has fallen
And helps dust her off
and stand her back on solid
Painted rock image featuring the expressive arts therapy practice of Irene Rodriguez
"Bacchus, how are you so in the moment?"
"What is moment? You mean chew and stretch? Yawn and sigh?"
"Yes - Those! How do you do all that?"
Bacchus then yawns, repositions his head, and closes his eyes,
thinking to himself,
"Human is asking weird questions again. No wonder she needs me to protect her."
Rose Kormanyos, LMFT is a Dancing Mindfulness facilitator and student in the Certificate of Expressive Arts Therapy program; she (and Bacchus) are based in Cincinnati, OH.
Don’t be fool by me
I may smile
I may seem to have it all together
But inside I may be falling apart
I may seem to have all figure it out
But inside I may be playing by ear
I don’t have all the answers
I’m looking for myself
If you see me around
Please, just call my name
-Irene M. Rodriguez
In the supreme quiet of morning
I can just be
Sitting on the deck
Surveying the landscape
Both internal and external
It's good to have land
Especially when I can walk on it
Breathing fully into
The possibilities of each day
The water neutralizes
The fire within me
And I swim freely
Refreshed and renewed
Returning to sit once again
How sweet it is to be home
My anchor, my ground
My renewal and hibernation
The wayward come and go
Filling my space with delight
My home lives and breathes
Ebbs and flows like the seasons
The common thread is
Profound gratitude for having
Learned to come home to myself.
Send your monkey army
To heal my broken heart.
Fly down to India's southern tip
Like you did to rescue Mama Sita
Rescue me, my sweet Baba.
As I pray to you, I wonder
Have you given me the
Answers I need all along?
The answers to heal myself?
Breath that flows through me
And a heart that only knows how to love?
Send your monkey army
To heal my broken heart--
You already have!
Before I even knew your name
You equipped me with my salvation
My heart breathes into the sacred union.
Photograph by Jamie Marich
the flow of my creativity
the power of sensuality
the channel of divine Grace
Thank you, my sweet hips
For expelling the demons
from my sacred body
I felt pain from your struggle
I know with a scared certainty
You have never once abandoned me
And as I access your precious energy
Your dances will lead me home
Steadfast, to the authentic joy that I am.
Poetry by Jamie Marich, featuring of photograph of Jamie by Lauren Bergamo
In my mind, there is a very distinct difference between justice and vengeance.
Justice is a principle based in objectivity. Vengeance is based in emotion.
Justice is an attempt to fine tune balance in the eternal. Vengeance is an attempt to balance a ledger by any means necessary in the present tense based on the past.
Justice is blind. Vengeance has 20/20 tunnel vision.
Justice is based on reason and logic. Vengeance is based on instinct.
They can, and often do overlap and intertwine in various ways, which may lead to some confusion in the moment.
They can sometimes be the same.
They can sometimes only appear the same.
They can sometimes feel the same.
They can sometimes only appear to feel the same.
And can be everything in between.
They also can be something altogether separate.
- J A Meade, A brief essay inspired by a Hinduism/Taoism/Stoicism philosophical combination
Photograph by Dr. Jamie Marich featuring the Dancing Mindfulness practice of Lexie Rae
As a dancer, the process of dancing is a pleasurable, health stimulating, and physical activity. Traditional notion on dancing is, the rhythmic movement accompanied by music and song, which provides pleasure to the participant and viewers. Besides, dancing is also an unavoidable factor to reduce the factors which cause health problems like cholesterol, excess fat etc. It also enriches mental health also but it is not considered as a substitute for other exercises. Dancing is an art with the combination of mind and physical activity. For many reasons dancing is one of the best options for mental and physical health. Music and dance can be interconnected. Dancing generally is performed along with music. One can see that all of can dance, and one’s attitude determines the level of perfection in the process of dancing in a mindful way. Dancing can enhance human health and fitness, but the same can be considered as added advantages because the primary aims of dancing are pleasure and flexibility. I shall describe how dancing personally helped my health, fitness, and creative expression.
I started dancing to improve my health because it is one of the best things which keep me physically fit. It improves physical and mental health. For instance, dancing is good for many organs in our body which includes lungs, heart and bones etc; it increases the flexibility of the body. While dancing, one can make movements with the hands and legs. The extension of the movements of hands and legs depends upon the category of dance, but it improves the flexibility of our body. In addition to that, dancing provides excellent posture, it can also be an anti-aging factor to our body. All these things provide confidence to a dancer. It is noteworthy to point out that, breathing rate of a dance is equivalent to that of a swimmer or a cyclist. If one is ready to do anything for inner-peace and emotional balance, one must be ready to take relevant steps to combine mind and physique into a single whole. Practicing dance means we are saving ourselves and it is an investment in our life. It reduces the stress in our life. As we all know, people are leading busy life, and the same is applicable to all. So stress becomes the partner of our life. With the practice of dance, we can control our stress and it is possible to lead a happy life by balancing our emotional equilibrium.
You can see that dancing improves the quality of determination which hides in the depth of our mind, and our mental fitness is interconnected with physical fitness. But certain types of dances need more work out and it is very hard to learn. It takes many years to study certain forms of dances. When one is that much determined to learn a thing, the same deeply influences one’s mind in a positive way because determination leads to single minded dedication and focus. Dancing always teaches us the message of survival in any harsh condition by keeping our mind as calm as possible. So, for a better life, it is important to develop survival skill and dancing can help one attain the same to an extent.
The benefits of dancing related to fitness are abundant. Studies show that people who perform dance show progress in their mental health and mood. (www.researchgate.net/publication/320191590_The_Effectiveness_of_Dance_Movement_Therapy_DMT_on_Reducing_Symptoms_of_Mental_Illnesses_A_Systematic_Review)They can also let themselves free from depression and anxiety. Dancing will also improve social skills and the mental and physical combination will help to improve memory and brain functioning. Because, while dancing, the amount of oxygen intake increases and oxygen enters into the blood. It helps to improve the proper functioning of the human brain. While dancing, it also helps to release endorphins. It helps to keep in control of the illnesses like depression and anxiety. In short, dancing can improve your physical fitness because it involves rhythmic movement.
I am fully aware that dancing is interconnected with creativity. When I get involved in the process of dancing, I feel free to move according to my creativity based on the type of dance I am experiencing. In forms such as Zumba, there I have an instructor in front of me to show the steps. But in a casual dance, which I perform in a party, I have my individual freedom to create my own steps, and it develops my creativity. Besides, creativity is related to human brain and it helps to improve memory. Dancing is an excellent way to improve flexibility of our body. By performing dance, there is a need to stretch the parts of our body, especially hands and legs, and because of the same, our body normally attains flexibility. We can identify that most of the dance classes start with a stretching warm up. To be specific, voluntary movement aiming to improve flexibility can help one to improve one’s body posture because dancing requires the unusual way of movement with the body parts. Dancing helps to lubricate the joints and it can prevent arthritis. In short, flexibility with pleasure, added with emotional balance can be considered a motto of dancing.
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Dr. Jamie Marich
Curator of the Dancing Mindfulness expressive arts blog: a celebration of mindfully-inspired, multi-modal creativity