An Invitation to Be

2018 Somatic Summit
Theme: Connecting to Animals
http://www.somaticsummit.com

My Topic: An Invitation to Be

While online the recording sound of this one video kept breaking and the music is so beautiful (to me) that I am offering it separately for your viewing/listening pleasure

Breath Meeting Itself


Photo Courtesy of Berenika Bratny

 

Intertwined

mesmerizing
chills in truth expressed

layers revealing
wisdom of light in shadow
divine understanding

connected within
by essence and form
to both
land and ancestry

the known and
unknown
intertwined

unwinding
unfolding

finding strength
to know
life’s centre

guided
through and by
the mystery of life

we meet
our selves
and each other”

Ruth Roberts

inspired by the movie Legends of Cambria
https://legendofcambria.cambriausa.com/the-film/

We Rise

In starting from somewhere

be it
weighted failure
breaking until we collapse
seemingly unbearable defeat

we surrender to rest

breathing in to let go
giving space for a moment’s reprieve

and then we rise

lifting our eyes
we reach
turning
extending

our kinaesthetic sensing
met by
meeting 
ground

knowing life
as it shapes and
moulds us

our hope
sculpted from the inside

like a marble’s artist
with intuitive wisdom
exposing its innate shape

being made ready
for the next passage

encountering 
what feels to be
an unending valley

maybe a mountain
to unimaginable to climb


yet in reaching its peak
a multifold glory
a basking in the warmth
of all that is

before 
being thrust back
into chaos’ storm

challenged yet again
to shake off that binds us
unravelling our mind’s restrictions

in the mystery of this unwinding
we discover a pristine lake
in the middle
of everywhere and nowhere

diving in
our body and soul
tingles with aliveness

a moment of being
a sacred cleansing

We Rise

Ruth Roberts

We Are All With You

know that you carry the wounds
of our ancestors within

speaking for those who have left us
their voices beaten down
discredited and destroyed
by this world

have gratitude and
be empowered young women

now you
have a voice being heard

feel the strength of
acknowledgement and community

reverberate in everyone’s right
to be seen and believed

we are all with you

Ruth Roberts

Charlotte and her Gypsy Friend

Ruth Roberts

We choose “Oui”

My heart pounding
my survival fear activated

remembering
the environmental powerlessness
where any choice may not be the right one

relationships repeatedly misconstrued
by societies imperial conditioning

having experienced
abuse by numerous systems

the unchanged resurfaces

a re-traumatizing trigger
reminds me again of
my own humanness

horror
shock
disbelief
vulnerability

momentarily overriding
my thought processes

confused by
interpretations
reactions

my cognitive brain kicks in

recognizing
how
in these unfiltered  layers

there creates
a perceived need for self defence

both real and imagined

the ensuing
results

deem differences
as the dominating focus

can We

step back

pause

an essential prerequisite
to sort through and revise
our accepted patterns
of conscious and unconscious
behaviours and judgements

are We willing to

uncover
shed old beliefs
casting off righteousness

to recognize each person’s
inherent value
innocence

an ongoing challenge to
becoming more present

to find the centre of each storm

the reality
that We are all made of
flesh and blood

sharing equal rights
to know
love

to be in life’s fullness of breath

trusting the song within
led by our
gentle heartbeat

simultaneously
returning to
arising out
of life’s beginning

undefended

choose “Oui”

Ruth Roberts

This poem is in response to Trevor Noah’s response to: http://www.ctv.ca/The-Daily-Show-with-Trevor-Noah/Video/S2E123-Wednesday-June-21-2017-vid1148316