Writing as Spiritual Practice
Writing as Spiritual Practice is currently meeting via Zoom at 9:00 am on first Sundays. If you would like to participate, please let Myrna know.
Myrna Adams West facilitates “Writing as Spiritual Practice” first Sundays at 9:00 am via Zoom. She will email you a reminder and a link to the Zoom event the week before the event. This group offers an opportunity to explore spiritual expression through various genres.
Overarching Theme for 2020-2021 Program Year: Let It Be a Dance We Do . . .
Each Sunday the topic for the worship services will relate to that month’s theme, not as a series, but just another angle on a subject to deepen the exploration of that particular theme. The suggested prompts for Writing as Spiritual Practice assignments will follow the monthly worship themes.
Gathering time: 9:00 am. Next gathering: September 6, 2020, via Zoom.
Before attending the session, choose one or more of the following prompts to write about or make up your own assignment:
The theme for September 6, 2020, is “Let It Be a Dance We Do through Dance.”
Choose one or more of the following or make up your own assignment:
- “An artist of multiple media and styles,” including dance, Matt Durham says, “I see dance as a metaphor for life — the way we interact with our partners, with our jobs, and with all the experiences life brings us.” He continues, “Dance requires the dancer to stay balanced, focused and committed to the movement and to the moment. Similar balance, focus and commitment are rewarded in life as well.” Which dance style is a metaphor for your life? Explain. (Read more about Matt Durham at https://www.times-standard.com/2012/08/03/dance-as-a-metaphor-for-life/.)
- “Dance” is used as a metaphor for many concepts in poetry, prose, and life. For example, the metaphor, “The moonlight danced on the water,” invokes visions of a moonlit night and the beauty of a full moon sparkling in the glassy water. Make a list of such metaphors, and then choose one to elaborate on in poetry or prose.
- There are also metaphors for describing dance. Jules Larson has listed some online at https://www.quora.com/Whats-a-good-metaphor-for-dancing. Take a look at this list and either choose one or make up your own to elaborate on in poetry or prose.
- UU minister, David O. Rankin, says, “So let us dance in the empty spaces, be nimble and be quick, for we are on an odyssey that lasts forever.” What are the empty spaces you have danced in? Why? How does the dance fill up the empty spaces? To read the rest of Rankin’s short meditation, email Myrna for a copy.
- When has the circumstance felt so precarious that you must “choose [y]our music wisely” and match your step to the rhythm so as to maintain your balance? Explain. “Dancing on the Rim,” a poem by UUFA’s own Poetry Goddess, Clela Reed, may provide some inspiration. Email Myrna for a copy or see Clela’s book of poetry, Dancing on the Rim.
- Under what circumstances do you break into a happy dance? Why? What does your “Happy Dance” look like? Describe it. Follow this link for a happy dance performed by Shirley Temple and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson in the 1935 film, The Little Colonel, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtHvetGnOdM. Read more about Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Robinson. See below for more happy dances from various artists!
- What is your favorite dance style? Why?
- Pretend you are a great dancer, even if you’re not! 😉 If you could choose a dance partner from any era, who would it be? Why? What dance would you choose to do? Why?
- How is life like a dance for you? Explain.
Inspiration from Snoopy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4_VMcxoxrk; Gene Kelly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1ZYhVpdXbQ; Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers: https://www.google.com/search?gs_ssp=eJzj4tLP1TcwLCwzyTIyYPRSSytKTVFILC5JzCxKVUjMS1FIz8xLTy1SKMoHksUKKYl5yUABALmtEdg&q=fred+astaire+and+ginger+rogers+dancing&rlz=1C1CHZL_enUS739US739&oq=Fred+Astaire+and+&aqs=chrome.3.0j69i57j46l3j0l2j46.14353j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8.
For more information or for copies of inspirational pieces for this assignment, contact Myrna.
Please Note: You may participate in the 1st Sunday gatherings even if you have not written anything. When others read their writings, you may be prompted to participate in the discussions or you may just want to sit and listen. You are always welcome.