Exploring Movement of the Eyes


This 16 minute lesson is intended to be done lying on your back on the ground, but you can also do it sitting in a chair or lying in bed in any position that is comfortable for you.

When Feldenkrais taught this lesson in Amherst, MA in 1980 he said:

"our nervous system is capable of listening...

...if you don’t do that, you will find your eyes don’t work at all.

The people at school who don’t move and don’t breathe and don’t listen without staring with their eyes, have spectacles already at the age of six. Not for that reason alone. But this is the expression of their inability to be accepted at school. And as all of us were at schools, you will find that we continue that school behavior, even when you’re grown up, to the point that we can’t use our eyes properly even now."

He goes on to say that we can improve the use of our eyes but not without improving all of ourselves.

"...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."

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