Mind in Motion – The Future of Feldenkrais v4

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Finding Balance

Last week, I finished teaching a series of seven lessons online about Finding Balance. The class participants chose the theme; given how we continue to find ourselves in times fraught with uncertainty, I don’t think they could have picked a better topic.

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50 Years in Motion

The Feldenkrais Guild of Isreal is going to be celebrating the 50 years since the finish of the first Feldenkrais Teacher’s training program. The graduates of this program formed the first cadre of trainers in the method, including Gaby Yaron and Myriam Pfeffer, with whom I had the joy and privilege to study and then teach. The guild will honor the occasion with an international two-day celebration. 

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What’s that on your head?

Ten or so years ago, I stumbled on the early versions of commercially available bone-conduction headset. 

Instead of putting tiny speakers inside your ears, this technology bypasses the ear canals and eardrums by transmitting vibrations through the bones of the skull directly to your inner ear. 

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A Leg to Stand On

Not having a leg to stand on.

I’m guessing that’s a feeling that we’ve all experienced as cataclysmic changes have lurched our lives forward in destabilizing and upsetting ways. From conversations with family, friends, and colleagues, I would say we have all been learning about finding balance in the face of one disruption of daily life — often playing out in planetary proportions — after another.

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Resting consolidates learning

Short periods of rest at regular intervals happen in almost every Feldenkrais® class. These pauses are not provided for the recuperation but, instead, for reflection and integration.

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Distasteful

A friend and colleague is recovering from the lingering effects of “the VID.” When I checked in with him last week, I was glad to learn that he’s feeling better and, especially, that his ability to taste and smell is coming back.

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On the edge

Earlier this spring, when designing a new course, Finding Balance, I ran into a problem.

I’d started where I usually begin: wading into my collection of transcripts, recordings, books, and notes. It wasn’t difficult to find relevant material because so many of the classes Moshe Feldenkrais taught address the theme. Whether the lessons are about going from lying to sitting or learning to stand on one leg, they make the abstract concrete and the difficult doable.

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No place

Last Wednesday was sunny and warm. After running errands, I parked my bike in the driveway to drop things off before heading out for a lazy late afternoon ride around the harbor. 

When I came back out, only a few minutes later . . . could it be? I looked around. My bike wasn’t where I’d left or no place nearby.

Poof! It was GONE!

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Happier

Thank you to everyone who responded to my previous blog post, Not a Happy Camper. Though I lacked the oomph to respond to your good wishes immediately, their mood-elevating effect did manage to make it through my post-anesthesia fog.

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Not a happy camper

In a classic Awareness Through Movement titles, BREATHING, Moshe Feldenkrais says:

Place your hands down deep in that area where every decent Jew has a hernia.”

Well, I guess that means it’s official that I am a decent Jew. 

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