Mind In Motion

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There’s a reason the Greeks wrote tragedies

At the beginning of this year, Cynthia Allen interviewed me for this year’s Feldenkrais Awareness® Summit (Affiliate link*). I was delighted that she’d asked me to be part of the Spirituality meets Physiology track, in part because I’m usually perceived as such a “sciencey” type.  

Since I’d taught a new series of Awareness Through Movement® lessons for my (almost) annual ATM® summer camp, The Peculiar Power of Prayer, back in 2018, Cynthia and I have had a few conversations about Feldenkrais® teachers bringing our work to their communities of faith. We’d also discussed our shared fascination with the ways that both prayer and ATM use movement to change consciousness. 

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On the way to somewhere else

Doorways are marked by the physical traces of many a child’s growing up. 

Exits and entries: you pass through them on the way to somewhere else. We don’t dawdle in the place between places.

In this time of sheltering at home, a closed door has come to symbolize safety. Nowadays, an entryway can also remind us of the places we cannot go, the ones we miss and the ones we don’t. 

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BLERG!

The good news is that I get to use a word I just learned.

I think I learned to use a bilingual dictionary first. It had words and pictures in it. I was five years old, going to kindergarten in East Orange, New Jersey. That’s when I developed my avid fascination with being able to learn what words mean, whether I read it in a scientific journal or the New York Times, on social media or on a wall. 

Anyway, if you don’t know about it, the Urban Dictionary provides a window on current North American jargon from one of its main fountainheads, the language of inner-city culture.

Be that as it may . . . 

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The door to the invisible

Here’s a hint: Most of us easily identify friends, family members, and folks we know well from far away. Do you know what I mean?

Even from the other end of a long block, all bundled up in bad weather, you effortlessly recognize those nearest and dearest, usually in the blink of an eye. You know them by how they move and carry themselves . . . without even trying.

However, this kind of observation seems to only work in one direction. I mean that you — like just about everybody — would be hard-pressed to tell me, no matter how hard you try, what makes it possible for someone to identify you from afar

How can that be?

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Leadership, courage, and hard work

Three years ago, Ohio-based Feldenkrais® teacher, Cynthia Allen, offered the first international Feldenkrais Awareness® Summit ever. Employing state-of-the-art software to bring together leading Feldenkrais teachers from all over to give presentations about the method and its many applications, she created a kind of virtual conference, one that allowed participants to learn about the method without having to leave home. 

That is no small feat. 

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More than performing the movements

Last Friday, I taught Alexandar Yanai lesson 101  — ON SIDE – LIFTING THE LEG AND STRAIGHTENING IT — for the 8:00 AM (Pacific time) An AY a day group lesson. Since the advent of the global coronavirus pandemic, participation has increased dramatically; there were 177 people online for this Awareness Through Movement® class!

This lesson builds from fairly easy actions to ones that are more demanding and are done in a more precarious position. It recalls a movement that you may recognize from the HOOKING THE BIG TOE series.

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Have Roller — Will Travel

I couldn’t believe it.

I was watching Shark Tank, a TV show where entrepreneurs pitch their product ideas to investors. Former National Football League tight end Nate Lawrie and his business partner Tom Hopkins demonstrated MORPH, a collapsible foam roller. 

Wow! One of my dreams came true!

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tl;dr

This was the response I received to a recent blog.

   tl;dr

Appropriately short and to-the-point, this Internet acronym stands for “too long; didn’t read.” 

That’s when I identified something familiar . . . and familial. My dad was of the same ilk. He was the kind of man who didn’t want to waste his time reading a mystery. He got to the good part by skipping to the end. 

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Rising to the occasion

To support my colleagues in presenting Moshe’s method online, demonstrate the potential of video conferencing to enhance our teaching, and give us a chance to meet together, I offered two Zoom meetings about The Art of Teaching ATM® Online this past weekend.

In the few days between announcing the meetings and conducting them,  384 teachers of the Feldenkrais Method® of neurophysical learning from all over the world registered for these meetings! 

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Did I ever tell you?

Did I ever tell you that I didn’t start out with any particular aim or wish to become a Feldenkrais® trainer?

In 1988, Dennis Leri and Elizabeth Berringer started the Somathematics training that met during the summer months in a gymnasium at Sonoma State University, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of San Francisco. That was during the middle of my master’s program in Cybernetic Systems at San Jose State University (SJSU) and when I was studying intensely with Heinz von Foerster, who had been in on the founding of the field along with Margaret Mead, Gregory Bateson, and John von Neumann. 

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