Dance and Play to Save the World
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February 17th, 2009 – by: kstoneho
The first full day of the training started with Circle Dancing!! The location where we did the dancing was in a Budhist retreat. There was a large crackling fire and a large portrait of the Dali Lama in one side of the space, and the other side was the wooden dance floor with large windows looking out towards the bay. We were focalized by Hana, who was also my focalizer at experience week.
We started by singing a song in an unknown language to get us energized.
The next day we returned to do Group Discovery Games. Now that we felt close as a group we could be a little adventurous!! We had a warm up game of tag. To be 'safe' from being tagged you could hug another person. It's a funny mind trick because now hugging a new person is the safe place where it would be somewhat dangerous or scary proposition otherwize.
"I don't really feel like hugging people right now. This is a silly trick."
But once everyone started running and screeching and hugging, I couldn't help but get swept away!
Then we did some trust games, non verbal communication and worked with giving compassionate caring to others. At the end, we had a group sharing sitting in a cirlce by the fire. It felt so close and open as if we had know eachother for years or grown up together. And that is what these games are designed to do!
It is a tradition at Findorn to choose an "Angel" to watch over you for a time. These angles are qualities like Joy, Wisedom, Compassion, Surrender, Truth ect. The purpose is to give you a focus for self reflection. The angel qualities are placed face down, and each person chooses the one they feel drawn to. I drew the Angel of Play and the Angel for the Group of Abundance. This is a good group angel because most of us are drawn to eco village training because of our awareness of resource scarcity, peak oil, wars over water and the limits to growth. One person put it well, speaking from his personal experience he found that simplifying his life and giving more, makes him feel more fullfilled. He said, "Abundance is a state of mind."
Many times this week we have spoken about the importance of play in building community. We have played music and games, sung songs and shared laughter. This is the glue that brings strangers from 14 differnt countries together as friends. This is the glue we need to survive the challenges and uncertainty of the coming decades.
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