The Dance of Shiva Starter Kit promises (and delivers) “three cool things that happen in your brain/body when you do Dance of Shiva… Cool Thing #1: Hot buttered epiphanies.” After a week’s practice, I had my first big, buttery breakthrough. It came to me as this Body-Metaphor:
(That’s Andrey Lappa, doing Level 1 horizontals. The metaphors apply to verticals, too.)
H1 & V1 = Reach, Gather
H2 & V2 = Internalize, Process, Create
H3 & V3 = Externalize, Offer, Give
H4 & V4 = Open, Embrace
While moving through the arm positions early this morning, I clearly and suddenly understood that I am most at ease with H2 and V2. In a social media context, and in life in general, I’m most happy doin’ contemplative, solitary stuff.
But having just “met” so many smart, funny, witty, growth-oriented people yesterday (thanks, again, Havi!) I really wanted to be all H3, V3, H4 and V4… making lots of tweets and blog comments, but you know what? I’m just not highly social. There. I said it. (Why is it so hard to admit that? Wait. The hard part just passed… and now I feel like I just put down a super-heavy suitcase… that had no wheels… and that I had been carrying far too long.) That was nice, actually. Let me do it once more, just to get at some of those times I ever tried to be anything other than what I really am. I am not highly social. I like naps. I actually prefer naps to small-talk. Does that make me sound uninteresting or depressed? How about rested. And real. C’mon, I know there are tons of chronic-nappers out there… just too embarassed to admit it. Four minutes ago, I was too. But now I can’t seem to stop confessing all kinds of…
Wait. I do have a point here. Let me make it.
Please know, I am not a misanthrope. And most people who know me would say I have a very pleasant personality. But me trying to be Miss Chatty Cathy (online or offline) is just plain fraudulent. The question is this: How do I build and enjoy community with kindred folks, without violating my dominant H2, V2 nature? Guess what answer I got? I’m so excited about this… Currently, my practice still consists of both arms doing the movements simultaneously, but I’m curious to see what happens to my brain when — with an intention set for social balance — one arm stays in the introspective “2” position, while the other arm does the extroverted 1, 3 and 4 positions? Again, with an intention set to balance my cave-dwelling tendencies.
We’ll see what happens. In the meantime, I wanted to check-in with my fellow Shivanauts — many of whom are also Social Mavens — and let you know that my (low) frequency of tweets and comments is not indicative of my (high) affection for you. This is my first step in reconciling my monkish ways with social media. Because I really do want to reconcile the two. You know, grow.
And this hopscotch for my brain is already doing great things to help me along. :-)
Curious to see what it could do for you?