if you wanted to play the piano
you would first
learn the notes
you would consider the history
of your instrument
this is the same in practice
are our folds and twists and patterns of breath
our body is our instrument
be cautious in judging
in labeling your body as
because you can’t know the music you can create
until you learn to play.
the forms of our practice
those are our musical notes
we start with two or eight or twenty
we begin with what we have
we start with a few notes and
to make those notes work
we figure out
how they work
through inquiry and testing
what note can be layered on top of another
to elevate the pose?
what note should be held longer
to stabilize the pose?
can we combine three chords to change the internal conversation?
and could the simple pause between the breath
alter the tone of our day?
we learn the potential of timing
we test how many beats should we pause for
and what happens when we change the timing to
and how does that change how we spend our time?
we discover how adding
two things together
to more than two things
we learn if we can see patterns
we can change them.
if we can observe how a variation in tempo
can change one thing
we have the ability to change
we discover how the environment
can alter our experience
and how that is all okay
because we get to play again
from ariadne’s thread and other practices by wini linguvi