In the spring of 2020, just before the world shut down with Covid19, amidst an increasingly divided political climate in the United States, I started a year long Embodied Leadership program with Soul Motion® , a conscious dance practice. As the world took some surprising and challenging turns, my intention with these cards was to provide me with a daily practice to maintain attention to the concepts, philosophy, and practice of Soul Motion® in my daily life.
I have always kept a few tarot-like card decks on the coffee table....occasionally pulling a card to offer something to reflect upon, a message to bring a theme of noticing to my day. I wanted a deck that echoed the teachings of Soul Motion® , to bring this philosophy into focus each day. It was this hope that had me embark upon the creation of a deck of Dance Cards. And, it is my honor to be able to share these with you!
Dance Cards were influenced by the original dance cards, from the 18th and 19th century. These were used by a woman to record the names of the gentlemen with whom she intended to dance each successive dance at a formal ball.
This Soul Motion-inspired deck of 50 cards serves a similar purpose....you may choose one at random or look for one that has a message that resonates with you. You'll have to discover how these cards will be most beneficial....whether you chose one before an actual dance, notice your metaphorical dance with the inquiry on a card each day, or use them for a prompt for reflection, discussion, or journaling. These cards will be yours to play with and develop your own practice around.
The images above are included in the photographs that comprise one side of the deck. The second side is the inquiry. Examples include:
"Bring curiosity about others to your day today....linger in connection as you learn more about those who cross your path or enter your orbit. What is their offering to you? What is your offering to them?"
"What is your interaction with your own reflection, your response as you greet yourself in the mirror each morning? Are you able to send the same love, gratitude, and compassion that you extend to others in your world? Dance with your reflection today, take it as your dance partner as you happen across it."
Decks are $25/each, including home delivery in Bend or mailing to wherever you call home. You can order your deck by emailing soulinmotionbend.com. I'll pass along a payment link if you let me know the number of decks and the address you'd like them sent to.
And....if you're game.....send some feedback. Let me know how your experience these in your world. Let me know if they change your dance, your day, or your awareness. I'm excited to send them out for the world and I want to watch the ripple they create!
To learn more about Soul Motion® , see: http://soulmotion.com
Sharing my theme for the year....