Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Carry With You As You GO > > >

We bought a house!  The whole thing happened really fast.  We were not really looking and our finances were only in the process of getting approved.  We looked at our new home the first weekend in September, closed and moved in the second week in October.  We got a sweet little house with a great view and are now officially, proudly Nordeasters.  

This obviously means we also had to move.  It's been years since I've had to move.  I had forgotten what it was like to LITERALLY PICK UP EVERYTHING YOU OWN and drive it across the city and deliver it to a new location.  I had crazy, lovely dreams of friends and relatives I had not thought of in years.  I had forgotten what is was like to carry the memories with me too.  You think you know what you have.  Like you've been good about what you've decided to keep and what to hang on to for a little longer and let go of when you're ready.  But there is always more there than you can remember.  At first I was kind of dreading the move until we got going.  It felt SO GOOD to see all my stuff again and have all of it laid out in front of me.  It was wonderful to move everything and to know exactly what I had kept and what I had forgotten about including that box of notebooks from high school.  The first few trips I took to Salvation Army were practically Euphoric.  It felt good to let some things go too.  

So now I'm thinking about what I want to carry with me as I go toward a new year.  As the days get shorter and colder and we move inside physically and metaphorically.  I kind of want to lay it all out in front of me and gently create the new patterns to replace some of the old.  It's the work we do in the dark.  When we move on Halloween from the element of Ether to the element of Earth by the Winter Solstice.  And I'm looking forward to it in my new little humble abode.


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Monday, October 27, 2014

+ Your Year in a Word 

A couple years ago I started a project for myself.  Around this time of year I would pick a word that would be my 'guide' for the upcoming year.  I would start thinking about it this time of year as the summer ended and I had more time to focus on my yoga practice...Over the course of the year the words evolved from the curiosity of what they meant in general to what they meant to me.  They began to create narratives and tell a story.  They moved dynamically, grew and changed from word to phrase to sentence to paragraph to a story…

"We will sit still, go into the dark and start thinking about the story we want for a new year…"

Thursday, November 6

630 - 800


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Sunday, October 26, 2014

STOP Thinking About Art Works As Objects > > > > > >

Stop thinking about art works as objects, and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences. 
- Roy Ascott

 That solves a lot of problems: we don’t have to argue whether photographs are art, or whether performances are art, ...because we say, ‘Art is something that happens, a process, not a quality, and all sorts of things can make it happen.’ 

…[W]hat makes a work of art ‘good’ for you is not something that is already ‘inside’ it, but something that happens inside you — so the value of the work lies in the degree to which it can help you have the kind of experience that you call art.
- Brian Eno

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I've been reading this quote in class for weeks and probably will keep reading it for many more.  It just aligns so well with what we've been talking about as far as getting on our mats and making shapes.  Each pose is a shape, like an art work is an object.  Like a letter each pose is a shape and communicates something individually.  The poses collectively tell a story like letters when you string them together into words to form a sentence.  But it's important to think about the poses as triggers for experience of what it's like to live in the landscape of YOUR skin, muscles, bones and breath.  We speak these shapes, we make them beautiful through our understanding of them as opportunities for experience.  And it's a PROCESS, a language we learn to speak individually and all together at once.  

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