Enlivening the Hands: I place the palm centers of my hands together. I create a module of interest. I itemize the points of interest: sole centers, tips, base of fingers. I start to friction the namaste shape my hands make, creating heat and energy. I am curious and tuned into the sound; it brings my attention into a focused gaze (in sanskrit, we call this drishti). I pay careful attention to the speed, of each part, the song of two-becoming-one. I pause to bring a push/pull dynamic into play. As I push to unify, I pull to create opposition and I stare. I shake it up in a conscious fidget, remaining present in my hands. It is here I build rapport with myself, eye contact follows my hands in a pyramid of movement, watching with great awareness, my hands float up and come down, back to my heart. I am fascinated with the subject matter. I sit. With palms open, resting on each knee, a mudra of giving and receiving, acknowledging the life of the hands.

"I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close." ~Pablo Neruda

Written by T'ai Jamar Hanna
Body Banter