The human form can be such an interesting thing to experience when we pay attention. One day after noting the way my husband was moving in the world (meaning his physical body and the elegance of presence and determination but without set destination) he looked at me and spontaneously said he was in “deer mode”. This is a moving from within the human body that is in harmony with the world around it and in a motion that is a part of creation rather than fighting the feeling of being separate from anything while physically moving in the world. After 20 years of martial arts training, my husband inhabits his body and the space around him with such powerful elegance. At times to watch him just walking takes my breath away.
One of my most precious gifts from the past years was awakening early one morning as the mist was still rising up off the water and swirling on the ground when I was still living in the river house. I found a large buck standing in the back garden… gracefully moving in and out of the trees as the first of the morning light was hitting the yard. It was magic. I moved in closer to the windows in the kitchen to get a better view and in that moment the deer saw me. Our eyes locked for a long time. His initial frozen stance melted into a relaxed exchange full of joy for me and after quite a bit, he quietly continued on moving in grace filled deer mode through the tall grass and pine trees and on down to the waters edge.
The human body can be so graceful and is a work of art always worth celebrating when we remember the power of living in deer mode.
Think you dislike ballet? Think again. Might I share a peek at one of my favorite ballet companies which I was actually able to see preform Billboards live when I lived in Chicago.
“Nothing is real in the theater. It is the fourth dimension. And when you enter it, it is as if one enters into a dream, truly. (Creation in the theater) comes out of love, it has to come out of joy.” -Gerald Arpino, co-founder Joffrey Ballet