Our Maypole Dance

Have you ever had the phenomenal pleasure of viewing a Maypole Dance?

This Dance may occur on May Day or Pentecost (Whitsun), although in some countries it is instead erected at Midsummer. It is popular as part of various European folk festivals. And it also occurs at some Caribbean traditional festivities.

More importantly though than ever experiencing the live viewing of a maypole dance, is our own Maypole dance that we are continuing this very moment.

The Fixed Central Pole

When we enter this Universe there are certain fixed factors, like some of our physical features and eventually some aspects of our personality in addition to aspects of our local and historical context. This is like our Maypole that forms the base of our dance throughout life. It is our movements around our personal Maypole that has the potential to shape our Destiny!

Our Maypole Dance

Could you imagine the extreme disappointment that would be experienced if you were positioned to view a maypole dance and there is absolutely no mobility? Yet some of us continue on days, weeks, months, years and even decades on end, simply staring at our pole. Staring at our pole and complaining about its width, or location or look or size. And our own Maypole dance never begins…. Yet life beckons us all to DANCE!

Our Maypole Dance

And for anyone who might require dance lessons in the form of support for accepting aspects of life’s given maypole or for building a vision and/or setting goals to begin your dance … KarryOn offers online counselling services for the former and Live Chat Life Coaching for the latter @ https://karryon.privacemail.com/ and

Now as we begin to dance we will discover that what will happen is that we will begin to move from one coloured ribbon to another. And of course the coloured ribbons symbolize the different aspects of our life … personal, home, school, community, career, sexual, spiritual, romantic relationships, work relations and so on. The colours of the ribbons will form depending on our meaning given to colours.

Our Maypole Dance

It is very individual and specific to the area of life. For example in one area red might mean vitality and in another aggression, in one area yellow might mean brilliant energy and in another need for rejuvenation. We do well then to guard against looking over at our neighbours’ maypole dance and envying their colours, for we have no idea what those colours mean for them. So when it comes to our May Pole dance … dance like no one is watching and dance your dance as only you can.

Our Maypole Dance

Maypole dancing is most often associated with May Day celebrations all over the world but originally commemorated at the arrival of spring.

During Maypole dancing the dancers intertwine their ribbons either in a web around the pole or to plait it to the pole, itself. There is the possibility though that if or when we are not mindful and cautious of what really matters to us in the different areas of life or one specific area of life, that the ribbons might become incorrectly twisted causing entanglement. And this is ever true for our own Maypole dance! Our Maypole dance is based on the skill of,


It is our moments of today that form our yesterdays which we call experience. Experiences are our ribbons and so the more we master how we hold our yesterdays or ribbons, how we take lessons from our yesterdays or ribbons and work them in and around our overall life that we are able to plait or weave our overall life experience of discouragement, despondency or a certain level of contentment and satisfaction.

Our Maypole Dance

Sometimes though despite our best efforts, we make some missteps and just as in the actual maypole dance where to unravel the ribbons, the dancers retrace their steps, we have the opportunity to retrace our steps. But this can only happen if we appreciate that the pole is the only fixed aspect of our dance and our ribbons remain flexible. It is a matter then of us deciding to move or to become immobile.

Our Maypole Dance

And just like those who never move, if we decide at any point to just stop and stare at the entanglement then we have in fact made all our past efforts, our yesterdays or already plaited ribbons of little or no effect. So the key of it all is to start moving and keep moving forward one step at a time.

Life is mobility & movement … to live is to grow … for healthy holistic living … body, mind & spirit … man must find within that resolve to carry on …” 

By Kerriann Toby

Kerriann Toby holds a Master of Counselling and Bachelor of Psychology. She is a dynamic therapist, trained mediator; and educator since 2000. In addition to being a trained educator, mediator and therapist, she is a certified Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) Professional. Kerriann has also trained in cybercounselling and holds clinical registration with Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) & Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).

In mid-October 2015 she initiated operations of KarryOn geared toward the provision of a variety of enhancement and developmental services for the individual, groups and the organization; e-Coaching/Counseling, Mediation, EAP Services and the creative presentation of psycho-social information. She can be reached at: karryonservices@mail.com



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