Dubai, 2012: Thanks to 5Rhythms certified instructors, London based Alex Nikoforev and Istanbul based Alexa Schmid, and organised by Sameness Project Founder Lina Nahhas, we were able to celebrate the Zero Point right here in Dubai. Letting go of the old and bringing in the new. The temporary suspension at Zero Point is one that goes beyond words because it is through zero point that we can finally let go of things of the past year and dance into the new.
This dance practice is by far one of the greatest therapeutical discoveries for me in 2012. Mixed in with serious stints of spontaneous writing and artwork, 2012 for me helped rediscover the creatively repressed artist-dancer-actor-musician-singer creative that I once was (decades ago). An explosion of the creative senses. You see, I had only allowed myself to creatively express myself ONLY through the art of writing for the last few decades. In the process, I had cheated myself and cheated the world somehow. Now there is no turning back into the stoic woman that I had become, you know, the one with the stiff upper lip imitating the arthritic stiffness, hiding behind glasses, drab clothes and behind the laptop. Afraid. Fearful. Shy.
Transforming/creative embodiment of emotions ranging from anger, sadness, grief, fear – no longer do we have to push them away. No longer do we have to vent them in unsafe manners. With 5Rhythms, we have vaious arts/drama tools to help us move forward, letting go of ‘stuckness’ energies that have so long strangled us and stopped us from moving forward (or in this case, dance lyrical, with grace and strength).
“May I have the courage to be committed to my dreams and my vision, and those of others too. And to cheer them on.
May I have the courage to notice good things and be appreciative of the small things they do.
May I have the courage to be grateful.” – Gabrielle Roth, 5Rhythms Founder (R.I.P)
The Waves is the first step into the practice of the 5Rhythms, reviews of which we have done in the past (read the Adam Barley facilitated workshop). The review of the Heartbeat Level by 5Rhythms certified instructor Silvija Tomcik done in July 2012 couldn’t be recorded because we were (and are!) still integrating the whole heartbeat experience. In 2013, we plan to make our way to the UK and Koeln, Germany to continue the dance practice of creative expression.
Here are some of the experiences from the workshop participants. Some are first timers, others have done workshops in the past, but needless to say, they have found the right words to share the experience with us.
Mohammed Satchid is the Madman behind the blog Rantings of a madman.
“The 5 Rhythms Zero point work shop, the latest of the many that I have come across but was not fortunate enough to go through the whole experience (perhaps it was not meant to be), but only for a couple of hours on the first day made me realize that instead of chasing the ghost of perfection, I have to immerse myself into the reality of balance. There is no perfection in nature but it always maintains balance.
“Somewhere between light and dark, rights and wrongs, between the waves of the 5 Rhythms (Flowing, Staccato, Chaos &Lyrical), between our intentions and our action, between our biases, between everything we hold on to and let go, between all polarities… lies the Zero point. The place of stillness. The place where all the magic happens and ends. That is the place I have been seeking all my life because that is where beauty lies as well. The place where peace and love reigns forever. The place of clarity from which all action well up and where all actions lead back to.
I know that I will never arrive at this place until the day that I die, but I am truly blessed to have this practice accompany me until then, yanking me back to peace.”
Vanessa Arnold, from Juicy Monkeys Photography
Kostas Panourgias, a first timer to the practice
Read the excerpt of the beautiful poem that was the aftermath of the drawing shown below. Thank you Kamyar for sharing your 2013 with me at the worshop itself. I came away dancing to your vision!
Dancing an Invitation
walking in the depths of shadow
embracing dark with the light
gold energy of integration
a luminous diamond at the heart
awakening the lineage of knowers
remembering through each cell
earth will show us the pathways
when hearing the voice you can tell…
Read the rest of the Dance of Unity Poem © Kamyar Houbakht at his blog Dancing Life’s Invitation.
Alia El Kurdi, the Tango Butterfly as I love to call her.
And here questions of type such if honestly strike me not much as I wrote everything higher. It is visible you simply you don’t want to read all this. As my parrot does.