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Off by one letter

I remember the first time I experienced FOMO, the fear of missing out. 

On a family visit to New York City, back when I was in high school, I started looking through all the shows happening that weekend, in museums, theaters, movie houses. So many possibilities vying for my time and attention! So many events I don’t want to miss out on attending!

These days it seems like so many of us are having an experience off by one letter. FOGO instead of FOMO. The fear of going out.

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Mistakes have been made

In yesterday’s blog post, I misspelled the last name of the Feldenkrais colleague who transcribed and translated the missing pages of AY 284, SLOW IMPROVEMENT, and kindly made them available. Her name is Yaelle Kesten.

I apologize for my mistake. 

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A mystery solved!

The news arrived in the middle of a conversation during an AY a Day professional study group meeting. Ellen Soloway — esteemed Amherst training colleague, editor of the comprehensive Alexander Yanai collection, and faithful friend — mentioned what she had learned from Yaelle Kesten’s transcription of the missing pages of a lesson. 

She wasn’t referring to just any lesson. She talked about AY 284, SLOW IMPROVEMENT, a member of the series most commonly referred to as THE HIGHEST POINT OF THE HIP.

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The fog rolls in

Some days the fog rolls in so thick that you can’t tell the sun is rising. The lifeguard stand, jetty, lighthouse, and even the ocean disappear. 

Recently, the workings of my mind have suffered a similar kind of obscurity. I have been told, for years, that I am a bit of an absent-minded professor. Dates, along with times and sometimes other digits, too, but dates, wow, they have been my downfall.

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Learning takes time

Especially today, you need not look far to see the allure of the instant. Consider microwave in minutes meals, sound bites, super-short videos, abbreviated summaries of bestsellers, etc. 

When it comes to personal growth, neither an enlightening phrase (no matter how clever) nor some sudden realization can replace the slow, unpredictable unfolding of human development. 

Sure, you and I can change in an instant. 

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Love my neighbors

The folks across the street started hosting socially distanced Friday Happy Hours in their driveway this spring. After such a long lonely year, hanging out together and getting to know each other was particularly precious, whatever we were drinking.

One afternoon when we talked about the new neighbors down the street and around the corner, I mentioned how I had wanted to organize a block party for years. When Andrea piped up to say, “I have wanted to do that, too.” We looked at each other and simultaneously exclaimed, “Let’s do it!”

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The next step

The first time I heard the term “morning constitutional” was in some old-timey movie. I was instantly fond of it. 

Throughout the long road of recovery these past couple of years, I have started my mornings by taking a walk. Even in the hospital, I was up and about, towing the IV tower along. On the most difficult days, the most I could manage was a slow, overcautious shuffle.

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Precarity

Reading the newspaper the other day, I stumbled on an unfamiliar word: precarity. That, of course, made me curious. And happy about the prospect of learning something new.

I looked up what it means — a state of existence, precariousness about jobs, income, and physical wellbeing that affects your state of mind — and how it’s pronounced (pre’kerədē).

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Finding Center

The Bodywise Project started at the beginning of this year. I chose the theme for the first trimester of this yearlong Awareness Through Movement® course, which was It’s a Matter of Life and Breath. Voting on a list of topics I provided, the participants selected Finding Balance for the second trimester. For the upcoming third and final trimester, they first suggested the possible subjects and, from that list, chose Moving from Your Center.

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The house of breath

One of Feldenkrais’ classic Awareness Through Movement® lessons is most often referred to by its nickname: SEE-SAW BREATHING. In the collection of classes he assembled for the book Awareness Through Movement, it is called Differentiating the Parts and Functions of Breathing.

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