Sunday, September 25, 2011
Low Energy Raised
A low energy afternoon. This seems to be becoming my norm on Sundays, in keeping with a day of rest I suppose. Began my day with a sitting while it was still dark, followed by Qi Gong. After breakfast I had to meet with some friends, and then ran errands. Cleaned up items on my to do list at home, and then the energy plunge began before lunch. I fell asleep reading Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Ondaataje, a great based on the story of the cornet player Buddy Bolden.
Phone calls and chain saws interrupted any chance of a long nap, so back to reading. I've been keeping up with the pauses to direct my thinking with the Alexander Technique. Time to move onto improvising, perhaps a low energy improv is the place to begin.
As soon as I began to improvise in a gentle way, I noticed I was waking up to the moment. I had paused and directed before opening my case, intoned my guitar gatha, and moved right into playing. As I continued to improvise, I continued to notice my energy rise. I moved onto a deconstruction of Kinnara, and followed this with an inquiry into dyads. After this I quickly found a short melody and followed where I was led. Pausing to find myself, I closed this portion of my session with a spirited rendition of Gathered Hearts. Grateful that the act of music unleashed energy into my day.