8/30/2007

Dancing the Dance of Joy

Painting by Vanecha Ebrahimi Roodbaraki, who is an artist from Gilan, living in Paris. She has a nice collection of paintings. See here for more.
Tonight I feel such harmony with my feelings inside when I look at this happy image of Baluchis dancing. You know, I have lived long enough to know that there are hardships, losses, pains, and agonies in life. They are real and they can change the course of our lives forever. Call me an optimistic fool, but I also think that for every pain and hurt we experience, and for every bucket of tears we cry, there is a bigger joy and happiness, a world full of laughter and dance waiting for us just around the corner. If we accept the painful events of our lives with dignity and hope for the future, then we are on our way to seeing those joys just around the corner. I believe in God and I believe in justice. I believe in endurance and I believe in no regrets. I believe in the power of love and the will to change things for the better. Though I truly hear and respect opinions of those who think my philosophy simple-minded and corny, I persist. You know, my way of life has worked for me over and over and over again. Tonight I dance a dance of joy along with those men in the painting. I am blessed and happy. I am.

14 comments:

ا. ش said...

این نقاشی شاد و نشاط‌آورست، نمایشی بسیار زیبا از شیوه‌ی رقصی دیرینه و کهن در ایران زمین. این تلفیق ‏موزون موسیقی، آواز، حرکت و جنبش. زندگی اساساً خودش هم نوعی رقصیدن است؛ هرچه موزون‌تر، زیباتر و ‏ماندنی‌تر. هر چه با ضرب‌آهنگ لحظات هم‌آهنگ‌تر حرکت کنیم، توازن رقص ما پابرجاتر و تاثیرگذارتر خواهد ‏بود.‏
این تاکید همیشگی شما بر یکپارچگی مفهوم رنج و شادی نشانه‌ی وجود روحی‌ست که ابعاد گسترده‌تری از هستی ‏را درمی‌یابد. درک گفته‌ی شما قلبی گسترده را نیز طلب می‌کند.‏
ما نیز با رقص شما همراه می‌شویم ...‏

! said...

من نیز همین طور ...
LOL

Leila said...

I think any kind of belief that bring you tranqulity is admirable.
It is much better to be optimistic and to believe to good days of future.

MAryAM said...

I don't know why but readig your blog always gives me relief and hope. The future seems brighter each time I come here.
Thanks for that.

Assal said...

I agree completely with Maryam.Your blog opens my eyes to the idea that there is soo much out there, beyond the little things that we get ourselves hung up on in our miniscule little lives. There are amazing buildings that have been around for centuries, tribes of people who have deep histories and traditions, people are dancing, learning, reciting poetry out there in this huge and beautiful world...

Every day, after reading your posts, I want to open my eyes a little bit bigger, and see something more and greater than I usually have trained myself to see...I try to do this everyday because you have inspired me to do so just by being you.

(P.S.: Sorry for the rant!)

nimshab said...

Nazy joon you are among those people who make the world beautiful just by thinking and talking and writing beautifully. Thanks for persisting on being positive dear! I am in your league.

Nazy said...

Dear Alef Shin: Welcome back! I hope you are recreated and ready for the busy Fall ahead.

You are so right. About fifteen years ago, I attended a lecture by Hossein Alizadeh, the master of Iranian music. He was discussing the folkloric music of Gilan and Kurdistan, talking about their similarities. He said that Iranian folk music is shaped around Iranians' traditional mainstay of agriculture. Where people went to work in the fields and rice paddies, they would develop upbeat songs, suitable for group movement which is required in doing team-based agricultural activities. The folkloric ballads of those parts are happy and upbeat to encourage participants to move in unison, hence their dances have developed around music of teamwork and movement.

Group dances for me represent the best of teamwork, easy and rewarding on all our senses. Their joy is contageous and compells us to move, too.

Your astute observation is deeply touching. Thank you for joining us in this dance.

Nazy said...

Dear Universal Dimension: Thank YOU for joining the dance, too!

Nazy said...

Leila Jan Salam. Are you another Leila or are you Nimeh Shab? You guys confuse me occasionally to see whether I am paying attention or not, I am sure!

Yes, my friend, hope is a wonderful thing, and it has saved my sanity so many times, i can't count the instances. We are each responsible for our emotional "upkeep," and what better way to do it than with hope for the future of ourselves and those we love, and all the others who will come after us?

Be good Azizam (and no more tricks if you are Nimeh Shab! If you aren't, welcome my dear and come again).

Nazy said...

Salam Bar Maryam: I'm delighted to see you here again. Ha ha, you are so kind to me. You caught me on a good day my friend! I have had awful days where it didn't sound very upbeat to read me! You must come again and tell us something of yourself, letting us "see" you if you wish. Leave us a poem on the "Sohrab" post, for example. It was such a beautiful revealation to see what poetry everyone chose to share. I am really happy to see you back. Come again.

Nazy said...

Assal-e-Azizam: Your life is not miniscule, and it isn't little. It is big and beautiful and magnificient for at the very core of it, is an intelligent, sensitive, and beautiful person--you! Shobeir gave me a test on his blog, and as it turns out, I am 57% addicted to internet and blogging! There is still hope for me, I figure, as the poor chap himself is 82% addicted and has now had to move on to other technologies to recover! Writing for an instant audience is probably the most rewarding part of blogging. I look forward to my evenings after long days when I sit down and see who came and what they said and what part of themselves they showed today. Your presence honors my humble blog.

P.S. I can't wait for you to finish law school! Just thinking about having pro bono legal services for the rest of my life is sooo heartwarming to me! Be good Jan-e-man.

Nazy said...

Nimeh Shab Jan, so you aren't the other Leila! See? I'm really getting confused now!

Thank you for your comment my dear. As a wonderful mother, a fabulous wife, an accomplished engineer, and a truly enlightened individual, you yourself are one of my inspirations for joy in my life my dear. I am surrounded by good people whose hearts and minds are too beautiful for words. Keep up your wonderful efforts to create balance and harmony in all things you tackle my friend. Be good.

P.S. To Other Leila: I'm sorry for mixing you up! I hope I haven't offended you my dear. Promise to come back even if I am confused today!

! said...

:)

Nazy said...

Uni Far:

:)