Sense Writing: Clarity in Complexity

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Feldenkrais Podcast #2 with Madelyn Kent

We talked about:
quieting noise/ anxiety
moving through creative blocks
complex awareness
neuroplastic healing
constraints
flow

and the possibility of the quieter, more subtle parts of ourselves coming out of the woodwork.

Listen here:

0:33 Welcome Madelyn Kent!

1:02 The genesis of Sense Writing

2:12 Looking at the level of anxiety and blocks in herself and peers

3:30 Madelyn leaves her job & community in NY for a Feldenkrais Training in Tel Aviv

4:42 Making connections between writing & Feldenkrais lessons

5:30 Organic nature of our own learning and creativity

7:27 Level of activation/ noise in writers and artists with creative blocks

8:17 Moshe Feldenkrais pinpointed that we can increase our learning and complex awareness in a state of calm. How can we be both engaged and relaxed at the same time?

9:30 Clarified choices = FLOW

10:30 Quiet the overwhelm & noise...so now what?

12:30 Ebbing and flowing between movement and writing - not dichotomized

13:37 Habits of language that keep us from really being connected

14:20 Get past the noise, past the slogans

14:58 Leonard Cohen quote: “I like to work on a song until those slogans, as wonderful as they are and as wholesome as the ideas they promote are, dissolve into deeper convictions of the heart.” 

15:15 "Tuning a Radio" metaphor

18:20 Integrating Feldenkrais principles into creative writing

19:30 Relationship between constraints and freedom

20:26 Norman Doidge, the chronicler of neuroplasticity, on constraint induced therapy

21:20 Amblyopia when she was a child, lazy eye, eye patch... Power of slow learning, neuroplastic healing and constraints

23:00 Inviting quieter, more subtle parts of ourselves to come out of the woodwork. 

23:35 Allowing the microscope turned up to the places that are non-habitual.

24:08 There are stories that are hidden. There are landscapes and terrains that are in us, real and imagined. The invisible become more visible.

24:46 Five principles of Sense Writing (see above!)

25:57 Intro to Madelyn's Sense Writing online course

29:44 Possibility in Paradox

29:55 Madelyn's a new contributor to Movement and Creativity Library!

31:28 Last question! What are you in the process of learning?

32:00 You can get off the train and get back on. Time off and fallowness is important to the creative process. When you leave something, connections are made that you would never get to if you just plodded along. Allow yourself to be off the train…

The vision for Feldenkrais Podcast is to share the richness and depth of the Feldenkrais Method® through interviewing Feldenkrais practitioners and trainers about their work, practices, and unique contributions to the Method.

5 main principles of Sense Writing:

1. Containment & Orientation
2. Constraints & Freedom
3. Differentiation & Integration
4. Articulated sensitivity
5. Non-habitual Flow

The Sense Writing Course, 12-weeks to Rewire your Creative Writing starts March 4th

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About Madelyn Kent:

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Madelyn Kent is a playwright and director, and former instructor of playwriting, screenwriting, and theater at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. In 2008, she left New York to study The Feldenkrais Method with Ruty Bar in Tel Aviv. She is the Developer of Sense Writing, a neuro-sensory approach to writing and the creative process and has taught the method to nearly 1,000 participants in 8 countries.Madelyn Kent is a playwright and director, and former instructor of playwriting, screenwriting, and theater at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. In 2008, she left New York to study The Feldenkrais Method with Ruty Bar in Tel Aviv. She is the Developer of Sense Writing, a neuro-sensory approach to writing and the creative process and has taught the method to nearly 1,000 participants in 8 countries.

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