February 19th, 2007

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Balance -

I wake, filled with delight.  The area of my heart feels like a newly born foal or fawn, and then, it rises to walk.    What fun to notice, feel and play inside while also savoring awareness outside.

I am with balance this morning and this quote by the founder of Aikido.

    "My students think I don't lose my center. That is not so; I simply recognize it sooner, and get back faster."

                    Morihei Ueshiba, O'Sensei, Founder of Aikido

I am also with the jellyfish movement of my diaphragm.   When I notice my diaphragm, it sometimes gurgles a reply.  The diaphragm connects directly to the heart, and when it is flowing up and down with our breath, massages the internal organs.   We feel life, lift, and joy.  That is a different feeling than when the diaphragm is caught and boxed in fear.

You can stimulate the diaphragm by reaching slowly overhead, or stretching a leg forward or back.  Move your shoulders and/or hips.  Isolate and integrate.  It is fun to move the ribs and what attaches.  It is like being a tree and shaking your leaves, and though many of the trees are blossoms right now, envision the leaves to come and softly shimmy and wiggle the light.


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I like this poem -


I want to build

and raise new
the temples of Theseus and the stadiums
and where Perikles lived

But there's no money, too much spent
today, I had a guest
over         and we sat together

Friedrich Hölderlin
Translated from the German by Richard Sieburth
Number 11

And so it is!!