Practicing from the Heart in the age of Technology - All articles and poems are by Reza Ghadimi, unless otherwise noted.
The Gathering of Nations Powwow, an annual festivity of the Native Americans and indigenous from around the world, is held in April, in New Mexico. A celebration of cultures to honor the traditions of ancestors by reflecting, praying, dancing, and singing.
It is a time of unity of customs, minds, and spirits. The Powwow dance is an integral part of this festivity. An ongoing ballet of bodies to a hypnotic drum beat. The rhythmic rise and descent of bodies in unison creates an atmosphere of commonality and harmony. It binds all thoughts, beliefs and desires in a euphoric, vitalizing, and exhilarating environment. The young and the old feel it in their hearts and souls. Circle of life, expressed in the motion of the moment. Leaping, singing, and playing, a mystical communion of rituals, traditions, and conventions.
The principle is universal, spiritual and familiar, as I have witnessed it on the other side of our world in the twirling rhythm of the Sufi and dervishes' dance.
It is also a connecting with all that is natural. The leap, mankind's declaration of independence from the hold of the earth. A moment of freedom and then the solid ground, a reminder of where we belong. Hearts pumping, muscles bouncing, spirits soaring into a trance of unifying individual beings into a harmonious commonality.
Such cultures are common around the world. Much however is being lost to the greed, self-indulgence, and decadence of modern society and the social order of our times. Perhaps it is time to share an old dance with that new anyone with whom we have differences.