This exercise is about the connections triggered by sight. Nikol Peterman, a writer/choreographer, was in a workshop I gave at the Zen Center of New York City.
Exercise: Draw a card from the deck and write about any association it has for you. At one workshop a participant who was a Buddhist priest drew a four and wrote about the Four Noble Truths. Or you could write about the four directions, north, south, east and west, or about your four siblings. Diamonds could make you think about jeweled rings. Hearts could prompts thoughts about love or heartache. Whatever springs to your mind is perfect.
Author: Nikol Peterman
As soon as the deck was opened, I felt it rising, all the games I played with my grandfather, wanting to win, wondering what his secret was. My grandparents came to visit us when we lived in England and we took a train to Scotland. Of course we played cards: Gin Rummy on the train, the English countryside whizzing by, as I sat in the large cushioned chair, warm and wonderful. The whir of the cards, formed into a deck, shuffled and ready, then dealt. My grandpa? He went out on his first turn, simply laying his cards upside down and smiling. I was amazed, infuriated, intrigued, in awe. How did he do that? Never complicated answers, always that deep smile.
When he passed in 1999, I remembered him. Weeping, I couldn't attend the funeral. I was doing Rockettes at the time and my Grandma said, "Kick for your Grandpa, he would want that." So I looked up into the lights and did just that.