I have always loved Valentine’s Day, mostly because of the pretty decorations, but no Valentine’s Day could possibly compare to my first Feldenkrais Valentine’s Day.
I was in the second week of Feldenkrais Training, and deeply engaged in an Awareness Through Movement lesson. During a rest, I opened my eyes and looked up at the ceiling. I was lying directly under a chandelier, which could be a little disconcerting in itself if you think about it. But, draped over the chandelier were long, loopy strands of red foil hearts.
I tilted my head as my brain started to register, “Oooooo, pretty….” I felt myself smile as I tilted my head the other way. “Oooooo, even prett-i-er!” I began to roll my head against the floor and saw the multitude of hearts strands and red crepe paper with big red bows and huge hearts dripping from them. “Wow,” I thought, “Now that’s what I call eye candy!”
I was mesmerized by the decorations which were made even more brilliant from the twinkling lights. As far as I was concerned there was nothing (or no one) else in that room but me, the hearts, and the lights. What a trip! Finally I noticed my instructor standing next to me, staring down at my face. I rewarded him with a big, goofy grin.
He must have thought I was a blithering idiot. But, I didn’t care. All I cared about was the spectacular scene above me as the hearts and bows slowly dipped, turned and danced with the air as their stage and the sparkling lights as their music.
It was a creative and beautiful ballet of hearts. I could hear the music in my mind as my eyes followed the secret choreography of the dancing hearts. I have never been more aware of shape, color, light, shadow and movement. And I was amazed at how a few paper hearts could so touch my own. From that day forward, Valentine’s Day was never the same for me. It was so much better. And so was everything else.
Feldenkrais….it’s the gift that keeps on giving!