Be, Contemplate, Imagine Session #1
September 3, 2019
Local Conditions of Backyard: It was dusk time and the sun had set leaving the sky lit, but nearing darkness. It was breezy with the tradewinds coming and going consistently. Temperature was comfortable.
Focus of Session: To take this exercise to practice BCI in a comfortable space outdoors.
In today’s session it was all about the gusts of wind, breezy sensation and the movement of leaves. It started with hearing the strength of the wind and the intervals of pause and then the gusts again. Since I was sitting in the pool, with wet skin, I could feel clearly which direction the wind was coming based on the way it was hitting me ( its usual North-East path). I could hear the birds flying above me, working their way back to their tree homes. It was interesting to sense—almost feel—how low and close they were flying. There were many different chirps indicating the diversity of birds in the neighborhood making their sky paths. I could here the rustle of the leaves in the wind, particularly the coconut tree. I could also hear my puppy splashing joyfully in the pool —her favorite activity. I could hear her rhythm of play and the intervals between paddling and making large splashes that she likes to catch.
Upon opening my eyes, I could see the vibrations taking place in the rustling and rubbing that the leaves were doing in the backyard. It was lovely to watch the different trees move and take on the tree differently but also very much using the same technique. I saw some birds, and I saw my cute puppy splashing, but what drew my attention the most was the connection between the wind and leaves. In my view there were coconut trees, areca palms, a mango tree, banana trees, and other trees with heart-shaped leaves jostling around. The wind was blowing and stopping in a cycle from the North-East, but the leaves were shaking in all directions.
During this session I realized how individual and independent each leaf was from each other, even though they were connected to the larger branch and stump! I’ve noticed this before, but not in this way. This branching out made me understand better the smaller dynamic spirals that were happening in each palm leaf’s movement that would help balance each other as the strong wind would push them in a gust. This is something we’d feel in the body during dance classes, to get a sense of the spine’s flexibility and balance as our bodies twisted. Now I was applying that “body feeling” to the leaves I was watching. The coconut leaves branches seemed to be working with the wind differently than the mango tree leaves or the bananas but I realized in this session that they actually were all choosing the same spiraling feature to tackle the balancing act through the inconsistent gusts of wind. I then looked at the banana leaf which starts smooth and flawless as a new leaf, acting much as a boat sail catching the wind. As the leaves have seasoned more winds, they start to split and shred hanging much like the coconut leaves. I then realized that this is a tactic that the banana tree takes on when faced with winds. The leaves easily shred in order to let the wind filter through without breaking its branch, which would cause the tree much more damage.
I’m interested to explore this theme of branching further, and look forward to continuing to observe the patterns leaves take in other weather conditions.