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...
"...willpower and intelligence are merely superficial expressions of the mind whereas their deeper manifestations are imagination and instinct...Educating the imagination is more important than educating the will. Man fulfills in his life what his imagination directs him to do. Each of us contains his life's image within himself. The course of our lives expresses and fulfills this image…
I am moved by this powerful talk by Gabor Mate. He talks about the importance of the drive for attachment in our early years and it's relationship to authenticity as an equally powerful survival need.
The first video of our daughter Adia in a series of daily videos her first year of life where we observe her developing movement explorations.