We Work in Fives- Color Dance

Green River Man

I feel you in what I can not see
You wrap yourself around me
in moments as vast as the ocean
When I feel the quiet sea of life
we will live amongst children
In the nights as my body is jolted
awake by creatures scuttling
under the floor boards
You curl the warm press of your body
into my back
from the place where the covers lie
crisp and unused
You are the green river man
the sweet breath of your coming
flows into me like water
My fingers reach to touch the nest
of soft hair behind your ear
as you sing the song of whispering reeds
dancing in the moonlight

The Green River

Both woman and goddess
she flows into herself
like the river flows
into the sea.
Both woman and goddess
she flows into her heart
like milk flows
from the mother.
Both woman and goddess
she flows into her hands
like lava flows
from the mountain.
She is the green river.
a river of love
a river so deep
a whole world exists
in the caverns 
of her belly.

Her Story

She emerges from the sea
with a story to tell.
This story is ancient and
hers alone to speak.
It is the story of a woman
who is a green river.
She flows through lifetimes
of heaven and earth.
She is born into the light
through the river's own song.
The river speaks to a green woman.

Dance is our tribal path to embodied joy. Five Roots/Body Roots/Life Roots is based on Five Rhythms by Gabrielle Roth. It is conscious dance. We use musical playlists and a sacred, safe space to move through our internal work without having to talk about it. We have an altar and sacred tools of the body available to us. It is called Sweat your Prayers. We can be soft and yielding to the rhythms of our lives. We don’t have to battle and resist. We can dance and know love. We can express ourselves in community without words. This is breath and bone. This is sacred. And this is our practice.

We work in fives.

Five Meridians of Dance are:

  • Flow- the breath, moving gracefully and intentionally through the space we are given
  • Staccato- this is very choppy. Foo! Foo! Foo! We are fast and precise in this rhythm. We use this to move forward.
  • Chaos- we go deep into the body’s movements. The height of the dance.
  • Lyrical- we are poetic in our expression, especially with our hands
  • Stillness- a gentle time of rest and transition into our body’s next rhythm

Five Meridians of the Body are:

  • Earth- thumb, big toe, guitar string and line to next the arm to the right
  • Wind- index finger, second toe, guitar string and line next to heart to the right
  • Fire- middle finger, middle toe, heartline
  • Water- ring finger, fourth toe, guitar string and line next to heart to the left
  • Spirit- little finger, little toe, guitar string and line next to the arm to left

Five Meridians of the Body System are:

  • Blood
  • Lymph
  • Heat
  • Breath
  • Electricity

Five Meridians of Music are:

  • Cadence- rhythm
  • Semblance- form, the way things fit together
  • Tapestry- the weaving of the web
  • Thyme/Tempo- timing
  • Presence- the sacred that moves us

Five Meridians of Sense are:

  • Taste
  • Touch
  • Smell
  • Sight
  • Hearing