Things At the Border

“Turn to the person next to you. Both of you raise your arms so that your hands are at chest level. Spread your fingers and gently place your fingertips against your neighbours’ fingertips.

Then close your eyes. Hold this pose for 1.5 minutes. At the end of the 1.5 minutes open your eyes. Look into the eyes of your partner for a short time (about 10 seconds). (Don’t do either of these actions for much longer than the time I suggest; otherwise, thoughts intrude and the bodily awareness is dispersed. Thoughts will, of course, intrude during the 1.5 minutes, but the body awareness remains fresh.)”

Nina Lykke. Writing Academic Texts Differently: Intersectional Feminist Methodologies and the Playful Art of Writing (Routledge Advances in Feminist Studies and Intersectionality) (p. 67). Taylor and Francis. Kindle Edition.

Closing my eyes, raising my hands. So lonely, in the shadows of their thoughts,  so lost in the silence of their breathes. My arms reaching for the others, alone but also taller, extended. Push and feel their resistance. Being pushed and resist, to keep or not to keep contact. Need to release the tensions, are there mine or someone else? Finding my breath again and the borders of my skin. My body is entangled, my dreams are not yours. They pull me out. I have to leave. Ciao.