‘When you ask a person to jump, his attention is mostly directed toward the act of jumping, and the mask falls, so that the real person appears’ ~ Halsman
I love this idea that the real person is the joyful person. What a powerful thing to think that despite all our anxieties and preoccupations there is always a true self inside, a joyful being accessible in the most stupidly simple way imaginable.
I am experiencing this myself this week, entering into the world of yoga and feeling my body respond to conscious breath. And I find the same response to jumping and writing: the simple act of getting off the ground requires giving in to something like joy. You have to let go.