My mom started taking a cocktail of medications for nerve pain in her lower back a few months ago. Because of the mix of meds she's on, she's hallucinating now and then.
She’s clear and bright eyed when she re-counts her latest sighting:
~ Looking out her window -- where big machines are moving around all day building new houses as fast as they can -- she sees a field of wild horses, running.
~ An old friend appears at the foot of her bed one morning, and they talk for hours about their lives, revealing secrets to each other that have never been spoken before.
~ She says I was there one night, and that I turned myself inside out.
~ She tells my nephew about the person living in the ceiling…she can’t recall much about him, except that his name starts with a T.
~ Friends from work, junior high, and college, visit regularly.
~ Family members, dead and alive, come over for a picnic.
~ Pets form our childhood return, and she sets out a bowl of water for them.
I taught a dance workshop for the Leadership Fellows at The Boulder Chamber of Commerce a few weeks ago. At the end of our time together, one of the women said:
“The negative space…that’s where all the potential is, isn't it? That’s where possibility thrives.”
My mother’s hallucinations = possibility in the in-between.
And Merce Cunningham said:
"Light or luminosity is created by the way elements are juxtaposed. They become reflective and a radiance comes from putting different things together."
Juxtaposing images and memories, my mother talks to the ghosts, and she is radiant.
Your dance mission for the week is to notice your breath, right now and throughout the day, to feel the floor beneath your feet, right now and throughout the day, while looking for the legs.
Find your own legs, right now. Feel them, sense them, breath into the bones of them.
Step away from your computer for 3 minutes, and dance, letting your legs lead the way.
With Warmth, Joanna of Joanna and The Agitators sweetly agitating/persistently upending www.joannaandtheagitators.com
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"(The workshop) was wonderful. I couldn't say why... because it is just too potent for me. I'm not sure I have words for it still, but they are coming....been dog dancing every day since... so rich." -- Abi Averitt, participant in Learning Dog Dance and Audience Member
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