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Design for action

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Do not spend your life searching for a place to call home.
Make the bones in your skeleton the only structure you need.
— Haley Hendrick

As Halloween approaches, skeletons start showing up all around my neighborhood: sitting on a porch swing, standing in the window, and popping out of the ground. 

As someone who is osteophilic — loves bones — I delight in their sudden appearance. For me, they’re anything but spooky. Rather than representing death, they stand for life. Once we have grown up, the cells that make up our skeleton continually regenerate, replacing approximately ten percent of old bone with new every year. 

These annual displays remind me of our shared legacy, this marvelous architecture that makes easy, efficient action possible. By way of your muscles, the human brain animates your elegant bony framework, turning intention into action. 

How we move through life depends on how well we understand our internal structure and its design for action — not conceptually, but in how we perceive ourselves from the inside out. Coordination is not a given; it is entirely learnable. You can improve how you move — and feel — regardless of your athletic ability, physical aptitude, or age.

On Saturday, 29 October 2022, I will be teaching a workshop about how we are Made for Moving. In the fun, experiential Feldenkrais seminar, you use everyday movement as a laboratory for realizing your innate ability, strength, and grace. 

If you would like to discover how to move the way you’re meant to, please join me in person at Castle Hill Fitness in Austin, Texas, or live online from wherever you are. To learn more and to sign up, please visit:

I created the image for today’s blog from a photo I took this morning.

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