|Dance of Lights|
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Have You Seen My Sisters?
for my niece Nina on her 15th birthday
They carry 3 lighted candles wherever they go. One sits at the crown of her head, one in the flat right palm, the other on the left. They carry the lights in perfect balance. One for the mind, one for the body and the last, the heart. Do you see how they move, the eyes gazing out into that horizon, the chin level to the ground, the focus so clear into that future? They move about the obstacles before them—trees and stones and animals—swiftly, gracefully as rivers flowing east. See how they never take their gaze away from the horizon beyond. All in perfect balance. The mind, the body. the spirit. All in tune with the earth and the wind and the sisters around her.
I want to learn this dance—how to balance these lighted candles—how to move and sway and never lose sight of where I am going.
I was propped up on my elbows, afraid to blink, waiting for something, I don't know what. Nothing startled them. Not the curve of their hips, nor the tilt of their head, not the collapse of a metal folding chair in the back of the room.
This is what it means to be focused. To balance. To let everything connect—the mind, the body, the spirit. I want a life like that. I want to gaze ahead of me and move confidently—the candles lit, the flames dancing but not wavering, not shifting, not taking me off my course.
Pandanggo sa ilaw all day, all night.