I arrived in Santa Cruz Portugal in December last year and have had very little time to connect and offer classes in the area. I teach Open Floor Conscious Movement and combine it with Tantra and work from Krish and Amana of the Learning Love Institute. I was writing about a class I am giving in Marseille this September called “Open the Box” and then felt it would be nice to share it here so I can reach out and offer my thoughts and ideas to others and build connections.
To the subject of Open the Box!. The first word is "open". The box well you can imagine what that is! When I am open to someone or something then I can become many things. I can create more possibilities. My body can reflect Open as I dance and move with more space and allow my self to flow. Nothing can really move in me unless I begin to be Open. With opening my attention I can feel in my body how closed, tight or loose I am. Then I can consciously begin to work through my body areas (chest, shoulders, hips etc.. to become more open. What also helps me is to direct my energy through breath to open up the body. I can also use images to help with this. My body is like the sun coming over the horizon with more and more light coming forth. My arms reach out like rays and lights shines from my fingers and toes. My heart is the sun. This can be a beautiful meditation with movement as well.
Open is also a very much a beginning point or returning point as I find I am in a state of constant change. Something my have entered my mind and caused my emotional body to produce tension that in turn closes me down a little. It can be subtle! I get lost, distracted or enter into inertia and don't even realise it!! This brings us to our emotional landscape. How closed or open am I to anything? How much do I baseline my experiences and then project them into situations. Taking an experience and then believing it will always be like this for better or worse in the future! Open in the sense of attitude and behaviour offers lots of possibilities. If I wish to move away from some situation or stop an unskillful behaviour then I may need to be open to new ideas as my old ideas may not serve me any more. Am I going to hold on or be open to change? This whole area can be quite scary and bring up lots of things that can be so beautifully moved and included on the dance floor. I simply open my body, mind and spirit to allow more space inside me. In this space we can find the connection to a greater energy that can transform. I become open, aware and present feeling what is happening. I give it movement and space and from that space where I can be loose and natural things can happen and will happen!!
All of this begins simply with conscious movement. I teach what I call an Essential Movement Practice which is to be Open - Loose - Natural and Flowing. Each part offers a marvellous opportunity for bliss. I was inspired in part to teach this by the song of Tilopa to Naropa as described in Osho's book "Tantra the supreme understanding"....
"The void needs no reliance,
Mahamudra rests on nought,
Without making an effort,
but remaining loose and natural,
one can break the yoke -
thus gaining liberation."