"Let the beauty we love be what we do. / There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground." - Rumi
Think for a minute. What lights you up? What makes time disappear and worries melt away? How do you kneel and kiss the ground? I do it through improvisation.
Back in 2008, as my annual sojourn to Berkeley, CA, was coming to an end, I vowed to spend more time improvising in my studio when I got back home. I wanted to give myself more open-ended creative time—simply because I know that when I do, my batteries stay charged, I'm more patient and generous with others, and I experience a sense of well-being that I never get at the gym.
Here's a journal entry I wrote after one of those sessions:
There is that moment...lying on my back...voice soaring to the ceiling...guttural, then up an octave, then up two, sliding around but always landing on the Ground of my Being. I notice, out of the blue, that my hands are dancing. I notice that the world has fallen away like four sides of a collapsible box—silently and stealthily—laying me bare. But by that time I have lifted into the air and am floating, oblivious. No, not oblivious—the opposite of oblivious. Totally aware, deeply connected, sewn into the fabric of the universe without seams, without thread, without needle.
I know there are many, many ways to kneel and kiss the ground. Cristina Zenato communes with sharks.
Can you let the beauty you love be what you do more of in 2012?