"We are beginning to place enormous emphasis on creativity, but there is a tendency to think that being creative is limited to “producing” something. I would suggest to you that the basic creativity of the human being consists in his working toward his own fullest development, the realizing of his own potentials, the allowing himself to grow. What we create first is ourselves and it is out of ourselves that the producing comes.” - Mary Whitehouse
We can improve the use of our eyes but not without improving all of ourselves. Feldenkrais said:
"...we have to learn to listen and think and feel and feel the length of our body and the width of the body and feel the movement and the voice and the thinking that we do and yet move your eyes."
I am in the process of making Movement and Creativity Library, an online library of 100+ Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons and resources to help you reduce pain and awaken creativity.
This first episode of Feldenkrais Podcast is a talk with Jeff Haller on Moshe Feldenkrais teaching in Amherst, MA 1980-81 and Jeff's perspective on the Feldenkrais Method's potential to contribute to emotional well being.
The people who are coming to me via the NY Times article are intelligent, curious, fascinating people--therapists, professors, lawyers, artists, writers---open and eager to learn. It has been an honor to work with them. PAIN is the reason they all came to the method and they are finding that the same process which helps reduce their pain also supports overall well being, and for many, more vibrant creativity. It is a paradigm shift from our pain-no-gain culture.
In one lesson on the difference between exercises and learning he says, "If you go through these exercises in order to gain something," which is just like the zen in where if you think you're meditating to gain something, it's not meditation, 'if you're going through these processes to gain an outcome, then the outcome will be gone within five minutes after you leave the class.
“Failure is information—we label it failure, but it’s more like, ‘This didn’t work, I’m a problem solver, and I’ll try something else.’” -Carol Diener What's your attitude about failure? Infants and children are constantly trying things they don't yet know how to do. What can we gain from understanding a child’s approach to motor learning?
The shapes of your thoughts and feelings are expressed in the chest and abdomen, the way you breathe and move through the world.
I was fascinated with his idea that “We act in accordance with our self image.” “Self image” expanded my idea of “body image” to include a perception of myself from the inside related to my actions in the world.
You can enter the healing journey from many points. There is no one right way. My way in was through the body (and creative process)...
What is your body telling you? Where can you give yourself permission to not do what other people want you to do or what you think you should do? Where can you take action to step towards what you want? What have you dreamed about doing? What are you clear that you don't want to be doing?
I move with my 36 week-old baby in my belly– a delicate dance of reversibility, balance, ground and breath... There is a story that pregnant women can’t move freely or comfortably. I want to transform that. I want to help people know what is possible...