May 10 / letting the soft animal of our body love what it loves
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
a moment to connect with our body
allowing to be with all that is
perhaps allowing softening
perhaps touching some resistance
a moment to breathe and listen
yielding into what is calling
and what it loves
Guide: Alexa Rani Schmid
Alexa fell in love with the 5 Rhythms® Movement Meditation practice on her first step in 1999. She is grateful that she had the chance to study and be trained by the founder Gabrielle Roth and was authorized to facilitate in spring 2005. She is a Pedagogue and also trained as a Counselor for Integrated Body Psychotherapy (IKP® Zurich), facilitator for Systemic Rituals®, the Skinner Releasing TechniqueTM, a certified FSTU® practitioner and completed the Organic Intelligence® HEARTraining® in Istanbul. Alexa loves to move and be in nature..She continues to study different movement, healing and meditation techniques.
Alexa is a graceful, gentle and strongly grounded facilitator who brings a deeply intuitive sense of the rhythms of life to her teaching and practice. She embodies the kind of magic that makes it safe for participants to explore their own darkest caves and re-emerge with a renewed sense of connection to others, and the world at large – perhaps even carrying a firefly or two! Hers is the kind of nourishment we most dearly need — good for our bodies, good for our souls, and good for the communities we are a part of.
**Testimonial by Pelin Turgut, writer and story-teller