Mind in Motion - The Future of Feldenkrais

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The Bodywise Project

Breathing room

In 2019, I asked the participants in my ongoing postgraduate program for Functional Integrators, MASTERING THE METHOD, what subject they would like to address in our next cycle of three modules. Over our years working together, we had already explored topics ranging from “Length and Support” to “Walking Well.” 

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Mind in Motion: The Bodywise Project - Breathe the way you were meant to Breathe the way you were meant to

Don’t hold your breath.

 

You need to take a deep breath.

 

I need a breath of fresh air.

 

I can’t breathe.

 

What a year it’s been for breathing.

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Mind in Motion: The Bodywise Project - Foot on the Head Foot on the head

Lesson number eight in Awareness Through Movement, the book Moshe Feldenkrais wrote to introduce his method to the world, is called PERFECTING THE SELF-IMAGE. In the comprehensive collection of his teaching, the Alexander Yanai transcripts, you will find a different version with the less poetic and somewhat more daunting title of FOOT ON THE HEAD. 

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Time to reconsider the curtsy?

The Oxford American Dictionary defines a curtsy as: 

“A woman or girl’s respectful greeting, made by bending the knees with one foot in front of the other.”

May I humbly propose that it’s time to leave the confines of this antiquated definition behind?

What I’m suggesting is that we consider, in these gender-bending times, curtsying could be a remedy to one of the worst aspects of wearing a mask. 

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Reframing walking

An old friend called the other day to say that he couldn’t find my house. He was driving over to drop off some herbs from his garden but hadn’t been here in a while.

There’s a six-sided corner — one where three streets meet — just a few blocks away. That’s the place where the standard checkerboard arrangement of roads gets distorted and where people seem to get turned around.

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Footboard follow-up

Last weekend I followed up with the folks enrolled in THE ARTIFICIAL FLOOR that Feldenkrais Institute of Vienna sponsored. We had already met for a five-day online advanced training last year; we got together again — a month or so later — to review the lesson, address the questions that had come up, refine the participant’s understanding, and create stepping stones for continued learning. 

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A precious waste of time

Earlier this week, in the morning An AY a day meeting, we did ON THE CHEEK (Lesson 25). It’s in this lesson that Moshe utters the following sentence: “You have to do this as if you wanted to waste your time,
but waste your time efficiently.

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Sweeping changes

Among troubles this year visited upon us, the oak moth returned in hordes. The eggs they lay turned into caterpillars, which devoured the leaves of the coastal scrub oaks in the neighborhood, including the ancient tree in my front yard. These voracious critters then littered the ground and walkways with frass (tiny balls of insect increment) and dead leaf bits.

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Walking the walk

Dearest Ruthy -

When I checked my emails this morning, I found several folks had forwarded the email your daughter, Iris, sent out* informing us of the stroke you had last week. 

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Skip the lines

It’s a foggy December Saturday in Santa Cruz. The temperature is 56℉/13℃, yet some of the folks in line at my neighborhood Post Office were were wearing shorts. Thankfully, they were all wearing masks.

Whether you are up for braving the line there or queueing up at a store or cash register — or just entering a building at all — or not, getting holiday gifts to those we love is neither simple nor straightforward this year.

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