Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.
The section which I have emboldened says more than I ever could.
She is heading for a future which I will not be a part of, in the same sense that I am a part of her present.
Yes there will be memory. There will be love. But there won’t be me.
It’s a humbling thought and one that brings the present into sharp focus.
Be Here Now. Present and not Tense.
The second pointer towards the future is the subject of the workshops itself.
The exploration of the idea that we communicate with our bodies.
This is not a new idea by any stretch of the imagination. Look at the works of Martha Graham as an example.
What is interesting is Romany’s approach to the subject matter.
She takes this idea and embodies it in a performance of intensity and power. It takes you aback.
The choreography is subtle and vibrant all at the same time. The communication visceral and raw.
People commented on how ‘surprised’ they were by the ‘intensity,’ on how ‘animal like’ the movements were,
how ‘scary’ the use of eye contact was and how you were most definitely being ‘talked’ too in some way.
What amazed me was that much of what looked like pre-worked out ‘moves’ were improvised.
The ‘in the moment responsiveness’ of the dancers taking part was incredible.
It was language. Complete and responsive.
Maybe in the future we will know more about this language. Maybe we will be able to read the body’s
language more perceptibly rather than guessing at it. Beyond waving goodbye or putting our thumbs up.
Beyond hand signed alphabets.
Maybe before we ask a partner ‘Are you alright?’ we will be able to look more closely at how they are
and see the answer before it is spoken.Or feel it.
Maybe we will be able to listen to our own bodies more closely too, as a result of this.
If I am consciously ‘In My Body’ how much more communicative can I be? How much more deliberate
My use of eye contact. Of smiling and frowning?
Of knowing myself even more intimately at the level of physicality, of emotion, of spirit perhaps?
As I ponder this Future Tense prompt in my blog, I see an emerging moment of Present.
For being right here, right now.
Can I sit Mindfully?
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