"The mind and the body are famous for holding the heart ransom." Hafiz
If you are new to this group, please have a look at my website - www.openheartstorytelling.com. It will help clarify what I am offering.
These evenings, every 2nd Thursday, are going very well. About 6-8 people attend and the consersations often become very intimate. I usually begin with a poem, while playing my metal tongue drum, then tell an old fairy tale or folktale while lightly drumming.
We spend the rest of the evening in conversation about the poem and story. Often, listeners will pick up on a detail or two from the poem and/or story. If they tug on those details, a door will often open into the inner territory of the listener. The pathway there is dark and unknown at first, then frightening and painful, depending on how deep a person wants to go. That is were the healing we yearn for is found. If it were easy, there would be no need for wounds to be kept hidden.
We often go to great lengths to keep them buried, especially when they begin to stir. Sadly, that requires a lot of energy that could have gone towards feeling more alive and joyful.
- Side Bar - Over the weeks people have asked for links to the poems I recite. Here they are so far:
It Has Not Rained Light – Hafiz
Self Portrait – David Whyte
Absolutely Clear - Hafiz
Some Fill With Each Good Rain - Hafiz
The Wind One Brilliant Day – Antonio Machado
Work in the Invisible World – Rumi
For My Young Friends Who Are Afraid – William Stafford
The Fish in the Sea is not Thirsty - Kabir
The Cure – Albert Huffstickler
Each poem above can also be found on my website under 'Poems'
After this week, I will include the poems I plan to present, while announcing the next Meetup Evening.