Body as Pathway: Kerry-Ann Stanton

Reflections on a day … back in February! At 0620 this morning, outside the room I am meditating in, there is a click, click, followed by a building crescendo. Yes, the cicadas of summer are in full tune, most of the day and well into the night; a noisy and audible reminder of the cycles of nature. I feel attuned to the rhythm of the day and the seasons. At 0753 the tide is full down at my...
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Dancing through transitions: Kerry-Ann Stanton, Inspirita_Dance

Over the years of writing I have talked about being in transition, just coming through a transition or sensing that change is just around the corner.  As summer approaches again, so too, change and transition are present in my life and most importantly DANCE is in my life like never before. I have finished my Post Graduate Diploma in Dance Studies and feel thoroughly stimulated and challenged....
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Love and fear – a quick reflection: Kerry-Ann Stanton

Love and fear – small words, great import in our lives!  At least I think so. I led a Master Class at the CANZ (Celebrants Association Aotearoa New Zealand) Conference recently and as part of our learning journey we looked at love and fear in our lives as Celebrants.  I would like to share some of that exploration with you. Entitled “The Pivot Point”, the session aimed to examine that...
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Kahika – the beached Gray’s Beaked Whale

I want to tell you about a very simple ceremony I was part of today but first to set the scene. Yesterday I had an email to say that a dead Gray’s Beaked Whale – a young male, had been towed, by two men in a dinghy, to my local beach at Wood Bay.   So I wandered down to have a look.  This is the third such beaching in recent years according to the Dept. of Conservation rangers who...
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My key note for 2013 is “Gentleness” – Kerry-Ann Stanton

I got to my keynote of gentleness for 2013 in a roundabout way.  Through the tired haze that was the end of 2012 I noticed myself in upset more than seemed necessary.  This took energy and effort to manage so I could still show up as a reasonable human being.  The name I found for the upset was “offence”, in particular taking offence or umbrage, followed by feeling resentment and...
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The Pace of a Good Life 26 February 2012: Kerry-Ann Stanton

I am preoccupied with the pace of life – aware of my life almost bursting at the seams! And is this good?  Oh yes it is!  And can I do this?  Oh yes I can! At this height of summer I am coming into a new and exciting phase of my life – one that I think and feel is a better integration of the woman I am. I have written for a number of years of ‘being a woman in transition’.  A...
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On being medically sound but miserably unwell (29 August 2012): Kerry-Ann Stanton

“I am of the nature to have ill-health. There is no way to escape having ill-health” – The Buddha  I am on Day 12 of a virus that I think is on its second pass through my increasingly fed up body.  Such are the hazards of relief teaching primary aged children, especially when I am prone to respiratory misery.  And while I do understand what The Buddha is on about couldn’t it be someone...
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Pen Pal to My Soul: Kerry-Ann Stanton

“Hopefully, maybe, possibly, in the next article I can share where my wondering has led me.” (Taken from my piece “Inarticulate to Thank you” ) The next quarter came and went; winter morphed into spring and now summer is upon us again.  And for me, the transition continues and I am keeping my ‘wondering’ simple.  If you missed the autumn article, my wondering was and is about what...
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Inarticulate to Thank You – Kerry-Ann Stanton

I am feeling quite inarticulate at present.  So having agreed to write for this issue I am faced with ‘about what”? I wrote myself a list of possible topics based on the trick question, “if I were to write anything at all what would I write about?” All sorts of unrelated words leapt to mind – angst, antelopes, hiccups, synchronicities, friends, flowing, stuck, fruity and fruitless,...
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Dancing through a ‘safe’ earthquake: Kerry-Ann Stanton

Today I joined the 5Rhythms tribe downtown for a Sunday session with Geordie.  And what a session it turned out to be!  ‘Earthquake’ above – invitation to dance deep down into my roots on the floor below. The ‘earthquake’ was Black Grace doing final rehearsals for their UrbanYouthMovement Tour.  They thumped, tapped, clapped through their dances while below we and our floor...
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Autumn dancing through us – Kerry-Ann Stanton

Last week in Inspirita_Dance I put together an autumnal playlist.  My intention was to have the music reflect the changeable nature of autumn – one minute warm and still, the next gusty wind and/or rain. The invitation was to be playful with uncertainty and the variety of rhythms as we danced.  What fun we had and what deep reflection at the end – one dancer reporting feeling like a...
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The theme for 2011 is simple – Inspirita (Kerry-Ann Stanton)

This year is (what’s new?) a complex year. My desire and my challenge are to keep it simple, to come back to that which is mine. So how to keep things simple when mounted on Dr. Dolittle’s Pushmi-pullyu? (A “gazelle-unicorn cross” which has two heads (one of each) at opposite ends of its body. When it tries to move, both heads try to go in opposite directions) Examples in life...
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