I’ve been playing around with PicMonkey again, having read a couple of their blog posts on what’s available in their various gizmo offerings, where I found out how to illuminate fonts, as above. Great fun!
I used the phrase “Dance with StarSong” because I always remember the mystic and explorer, Laurence van der Post, writing about his experiences with the Kalahari Bushmen. He was out camping with them one night when they asked him if he could hear the stars singing. He replied in the negative, so they took him away from the camp into a silence space, then asked him again if he could hear star song. Again he said no, and their response was a shocked silence, then pity for him that he could not hear this wonderful music.
Well, I don’t know too many among us Westerners who can hear that song aloud, but I reckon we can hear it in our hearts and when we do, then we can dance with the song of the stars.
I’ve had a bit of a cold these past two days – not enough to stuff me up completely, but enough to leave me snuffly, sleeping badly and needing a snooze yesterday afternoon.
Nevertheless, I wasn’t completely out of it, felt like doing something creative but not too demanding. So I went to work on a vision board I created back in New South Wales before we moved to North Cyprus. It’s a big canvas – my husband had to take the canvas off the frame and dismantle the frame in order to ship it here (and we’ll have to do the same when we sell our apartment, whenever that is as it’s in the lap of the gods, but I haven’t reminded him of this – yet!).
I saw a post a few days ago about, I think, rewilding yoga – retrieving it from the thin body/ttrendy clothing like Lululemon/money-making enterprise it’s all too often become, and returning it to the roots of spiritual development with body movements interwoven (yeah, yeah, I know this isn’t quite the right wording but this is about movement in general not correct yoga).
It was the word “rewilding” which set off sparks and lit up the stars for me. I have loathed exercise since my school days when I was so clumsy gym was a nightmare and sports day a complete disaster. I used to HATE hockey with a vengeance, loved tennis but was hopelessly un-coordinated, and was equally useless at rounders. My sports teacher used to write “Maureen tries hard” on my school report and my mum would howl with laughter and snigger “But fails completely!”.
So now my poor old body has bad memories associated with exercise, is stiff with fibromyalgia, has newer memories of repetitive strain injury, has suffered a broken leg and ankle, and six falls since we arrived here in North Cyprus (2 courtesy of moi, 3 courtesy of the dogs tripping me up, and 1 courtesy of the vet’s old chair collapsing under me and twisting my spine quite badly). It feels distinctly not “wild” – yet, when I read the word “rewilding”, I could feel excitement course through my body and the urge to move, however small the beginnings are, and rediscover the power of my body and intuitive movement. I just adore the word “rewilding”!
So I returned to the “Dance” vision board, sorted out some motivating phrases from the “Emoji” section of piZap, fiddled around, printed some out, and had a very enjoyable time re-energising and jazzing up/pimping my “Dance” board which has now been renamed: “Rewilding my Body Electric”.
I created this from some photos of leaves and blossoms I’ve taken over the past year or so and just felt it reminded me of the faery-kind dancing with delight in the early world at our feet – dances which go un-noticed by human beings. So if you’re of the mind, kick up your heels and imagine you’re dancing along with the fae and their gleeful delight in all things earthly.
I was looking at an image of Whirling Dervishes and had quite a nice vision of pink and blue which I thought would be nice to work with. However, things went in a direction – I just poked around on the gizmos on PicMonkey and BeFunky until I liked what I saw, then superimposed a photo of a firework exploding. Then I added colour to the centre of the firework image with Photoshop and used Photoshop’s liquify gizmo to move colours around a bit. So here’s the final image. As you can see, it’s quite different to what I had in mind when I started out but, perhaps, reflecting the road less travelled!