Saturday, December 31, 2011

Sanctuary and the Heart-Fire

An angel told me, "The only way to walk through fire without getting burned is to become fire." Drew Dellinger
It seems there is so much peace within our hearts and at the same time such a passionate and wild fire.

While care-taking for my elderly mother, who is recovering from a femur fracture and surgery in her nursing home, I am reminded of the necessity of  an open-heart of compassion while holding onto an inner fierceness while being her advocate. 

There is such a tendency, it seems, to over medicate seniors with morphine so they will not experience any pain. But how is the pain determined and what is too much medication? How do you determine pain when the patient is unable to speak because there is too much medication? If there is too much medication, my mom is 'snowed,' as they call it, so she can not eat or drink - which would mean a certain dwindling into dying.

This dance was inspired by the challenge I have been having of finding balance for my mom's well-being so she could move into a place of healing and so she would not pass away because of a broken leg - from the reprocutions of being overly medicated.

This dance was a prayer for her, and for all the elders who are in pain, as they move closer to their end of life, towards the realm of light, spirit and the realm of mystery... May they find inner peace on their journeys...
Here, at my childhood home, building a fire in a rusted old steel drum I found in the garage, on a frosty star-filled night in the woods behind the house -  dancing the wildness of the inner flame - the fire of the soul's inner sanctum.
Grateful for our dancing journey here with Momobutoh Company...

New Years blessings to you all!



  1. Thank you Lee for your beautiful fire, openess and fierceness. what a great reminder for us all. I would especially like to thank you for dancing for our Elders. I am reminded of my own grandmother and her struggles. My heart is stirred by your images, all fire and heart, strength and softness, and the power of your prayer/dance...

  2. I long to be by your side feeling, seeing, Dancing, being the flame that you are for us all! I speak words toy you often in silence while I dance on my deck naked in the sun, warmth, first time in months and say," You carry a flame for us all".
    Winter Wild-ness; heart warmed by fire and movement; exquisite hand touching heart-fire; the heart is the new brain; my heart reaches out to you and your mother.

  3. Your dance prayers are so beautiful, and firey! I too long to be with you and to share this. Know that I am there with you in spirit. love love and more love.