Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.
David Wagoner - From the book "Traveling Light: Collected and New Poems"
It would have been hard to describe in words the beauty of the green new life in the forest on our walk today. Feeling grateful for a practice, as taught by my butoh mentor Momo, that enables you to embody the experience so deeply of gratitude for this moment, Here, connecting to and breathing with Mama Earth.
I am continuously surprised in my dance practices in nature, and today, it was finding an old abandoned bird's nest tucked into the trunk of one of the trees... I felt somewhat restricted in movement, not wanting to crush the delicate looking new growth at my feet... although, the undergrowth seemed very hardy and tenacious as they held drops of water in their leaf 'cups' when I danced with them up close.
Thank you for viewing / reading... I hope you enjoy this short dance practice of greening in the woods and that you may in some way be inspired to be Here wherever 'here' is in your life :~)
If you click the picture below twice you can watch the film on the You Tube channel where the right side will not be cut off :~)
Music by: Satowa
Filmed by Brooke
View Momo's inspiring blog here: Maureen 'Momo' Freehill