"Still, what I want in my life is to be willing to be dazzled-- to cast aside the weight of facts and maybe even to float a little above this difficult world." ~ Mary Oliver
"We are children counting grains of sand at the seashore... The impact of that realization forces a deep humility." ~ Stephen Harrod Buhner
When was the last time you played? Really played? Do you even know what it means to play, anymore? Can you remember a time when you were younger, where all of life was an opportunity to imagine, to connect, and to create? And if you do play, who do you play with? Other humans? Your dog? Your cat? Your goldfish?
This past weekend, a friend of mine came out to spend time with two of my family members, Luca and Gericho. Equine of mind, they are two loving, spunky and powerful beings. Playful and present, they gift this world with light and life.
This was my friends first encounter with Horses. Though they are large, physically, Horses embody a state of graceful immensity. On average, their weight is anywhere from 1200 to 1600 pounds, most of which is muscle. And yet, with all their power, they continue to demonstrate a way being big in the world that is not dependent upon brute force or domination.
Making our way to the arena, my friend slipped out of his flip flops, and began to walk side by side with Gericho, feeling the sand crunch and shift beneath his feet. Side by side. With Gericho. These are very important words. He was not "riding" Gericho. He was not on top of Gericho. He was on the ground, connecting with Gericho.
He began to trot side by side with Gericho and Luca. A small (by comparison) man running ahead of two massive beings, manes dancing about through the wind. Never once did they out run him. Never once did they press in upon his space. A relationship of synergy and reciprocity was being forged out of mutual respect, love and play.
And it was in this sate of play that a miraculous experience unfolded: he was learning to meet them on equal footing, and speak with them in a language far older than any verbal communication we have at our disposal, today. He was relying on his body and the sensations therein to communicate and connect.
We're all born with such indigenous capacities. An indigenousity that exists within the soft animal body of our being. Capacities that can be restored through the rewilding of our hearts and minds. A rewilding that we are in desperate need of if we are to help save this beautiful world that is not so slowly crumbling beneath our feet.
Love was filling the arena that night, and could be felt by all manner of beings. Upon reflection, this is what my friend shared with me:
"I felt such reverence! To be in the presence of these huge and powerful beings that could crush me if they wanted to... and, instead, they were gentle and kind."
There are many things that I believe, but there are three particular beliefs that I hold true and close to my heart. Firstly, we are powerful beyond measure, and it's what we do with that power that matters most. Secondly, we are all Brothers and Sisters of this world. Mouse. Mountain Lion. Eagle. Grass. Human. Tree. Horse. Mosquito. Cloud. Rain. Interconnected through a vast web spun from stands of Love. Thirdly, we are playful at heart. Though we might lose our sense of wonder and awe for the world around us, what is lost can be found. Play allows us to understand each other. Play opens up the senses, expands our minds, and connects us through a field of embodied awareness. Play reminds us that for all our struggling and striving, for all our disagreements and collisions, for all the small and insignificant things we place so much energy and time towards, play reminds us that there is Divinity in everything. A Divinity that is felt and understood through connection. And connection can be re-membered through play... see where I'm going with this?!
Whether it be a Horse, a Dog, a Cat, a Goat, a Tree, a Human... give yourself the opportunity to rediscover your own indigenous state of play by letting go of any need for power over something, and step into relationship with all of life. Relationship that asks of you vulnerability and humility. Let playfulness remind you of the existence you are co-creating with every Other being around you, and from that state of play love the world whole, again.
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