Standing at the edge of an empty space.
Waiting. Looking. Hesitating.
Rocking forward on the balls of my feet,
Inhaling and tightening the front edge of my body,
Rocking back on my heels.
This is the Beginning.
Unexpectedly I step ~ step forward into space.
The stepping and awareness of stepping are together.
It is light. I smile, lift my arm, soften my knees, exhale,
and turning slowly, fall gently to the side and
the falling becomes a run.
Now I am in the Middle. I play with
*****sadness****sudden energy****gentle rain
********becoming the trees, the greenery and so on.
Slowness. I am looking at the room, the windows, doors.
The floor is strong beneath me.
I flutter quietly, become still.
Then it is the End.
Stepping to the edge of the space,
turning to feel the empty room
and it is gone ~ the dancing.
I have left no trace.
Now it is cool and light and there are no regrets.
– Barbara Dilley (creator of CDP-Contemplative Dance Practice)