Politicians and their bodies.
Do I even attempt to dive into this pool of pariahs?
My first impulse is to cringe - I want to say no, let’s not even make the attempt - but it seems I cannot, for the life of me, stop myself.
So let us - as a brigade of madcap seekers - let us consider this:
What would happen if our politicians were embodied?'
But then I have to stop and reconsider immediately, because what does that even mean, “embodied”, and embodied how, and by whose standards, and by what authority?
For this particular conversation about this massive topic, with it’s inherent hypocrisies and inconsistencies, the lens which we will be looking through is my own.
It is imperfect and faulty, stock piled with my own biases and sensibilities.
It is blemished and unrefined, influenced by my history and my experience on this planet.
I take full responsibility.
So imagine this:
The White House - with it’s bowling allies, movie theaters, decadent hallways, and fragile cups of tea - what, just what would happen if there were a White House Dance Studio, and dancing was a required part of the start to everyone’s day?
Let’s take it one step further:
What if it wasn’t just any kind of dancing that took place in The White House, what if it was the kind of dancing that emerges from deep within the body, rather than from an already established form?
To be more specific, what if the dancing that took place in The White House was the kind of dancing where everyone took off their suits, their pantyhose, their high heels and ties, and instead put on soft pants and t-shirts.
And what if all of the politicians and all of the leaders, and all of the people with all of the money who are making the decisions which corrode and corrupt a true democracy, what if they all lay down on the floor, together, and began by simply noticing the quality, the length, and the depth of their breath?
And then what if, from this place, they began to notice if there was an impulse to move, or not.
And then what if, from this place, they choose to follow that impulse, or not.
And then what if they continued on like this for some time:
Noticing their breath. Noticing their impulse. Feeling their body in connection with the earth. Sensing the others in the room.
What would happen then?
Would decisions about health care, school lunches, net neutrality, gun control, Guantánamo Bay, the prison system, climate change - and so much more - would those decisions be considered in a slightly different manner, with a slightly different outcome?
Would greed subside?
Would intelligent and thoughtful consideration of all beings become more important than profit?
Would we consider implementing a restorative justice system rather than sticking with the punitive punishment one we currently have?
Would every child’s well-being be in the forefront of every decision made?
I know this is a very simplistic view of an extremely complicated political situation, but I do think that the answer to all of these questions - and there are way more questions to ask - is YES.
If every day, or every other day, or even once a week, our politicians and world leaders put on their soft pants and lay down on the floor together to take the time to notice their breath leading them to their bodies, their creativity, and their imagination?
Then YES, I do think more considerate and compassionate decisions would be made, simply because there would be space to vision the world with the same creativity, the same imagination, and the same embodiment that those politicians felt for themselves, lying down on the floor in their soft pants.
Your dance mission for the week is to put on your soft pants and dance while you are watching, listening, or reading the news.
Dance before the news.
Dance during the news.
Dance after the news.
Let me know what happens here.
I am very curious, and will be waiting to hear from you.
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The first class of the Fall Dance Session took place yesterday and it was so much fun.
The attention to detail, the clarity, and the cosmic curiosity happening in the room was magical.
The grit, grace, and humor?
it was simply a stunning beginning because of everyone’s willingness to show up, to wait, and then to relish in what unfolded.
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With Warmth and Jivey Vibes,
Joanna and The Agitators
sweetly agitating/persistently upending