“To every emotional state corresponds a personal conditioned pattern of muscular contraction without which it has no existence.” -Moshe Feldenkrais, Body and Mature Behavior: A Study of Anxiety, Sex, Gravitation and Learning, p. 128
“Most people will agree that the body and the mind are two aspects of the same thing, or two poles of the same entity, but they still cannot appreciate that there is no mind without environment…”-Moshe Feldenkrais. Chapter 17 from Feldenkrais Illustrated: The Art of Learning.
"Movement is Life. Without movement, life is unthinkable." -Moshe Feldenkrais
Moshe Feldenkrais wrote a beautiful manual to accompany Awareness Through Movement® lessons called Learn to Learn which illustrates the philosophy of the Feldenkrais process.
"There is no waste in creative process." -Amy Walsh
The little things, big things, stolen moments, mess, serendipity, inspiration, education, devotion, mistakes, misspellings, struggle, dust, dream---all of it.
When you stay in the process, with the practice, in whatever imaginable and unimaginable ways, all the little drops add up.
"When a person continues to use a stereotyped pattern of behavior instead of one suitable to the present reality, the learning process has come to a standstill." -Moshe Feldenkrais, Body and Mature Behavior, p 205.
I found the Feldenkrais Method during a confusing search for how to have a more loving relationship with my body after growing up in a family and society that taught me to hate it. The invitations the Method offered were liberating: feel without judgement, move without comparing myself to others, and sense internally instead of looking to others to validate if what I was doing was correct. Through permission and encouragement to imperfectly cultivate my own inner sense of knowing, I found grace in a clunky un-embodied body. I found presence where I had been absent for so long. This coming home to myself was a creative, dynamic process...
In order to stand up for what we want we need to know what that is. Moshe Feldenkrais' writing (and method) gives me hope. To learn to stand on your own two feet in the context of the world around you is the ground for larger social change.