"It is possible to sense the action before you actually do it. There is a tiny gap of time there where you can intervene and change the action. For Feldenkrais, that was called awareness. That's what happens in the tiny gap between intention and execution, or intention and action, where you can sense and do or not do, and do it differently." - Aliza Stewart
Feldenkrais Podcast #3 with Aliza Stewart
We talk about:
How the movement of self is similar to the movement of sound
How the nervous system makes order out of chaos
How the Feldenkrais Method® influences the experience of anxiety
What it means to have a good life
Orientation, creativity, improvement, independence
There is always a choice
“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
How lifting the head prepares infants for sitting, crawling, and standing. In this free Feldenkrais audio download we learn to be comfortable on the belly while orienting the head and eyes to the horizon.
Curiosity, compassion & transformation in action:
Here's a short video of Matty Wilkinson working with a child in his Feldenkrais practice and talking about curiosity, novelty and acceptance in learning.
It was quite a journey this last month. I created something bigger than I expected: Move Your Vision 2018 was a grand experiment that involved over 900 human beings!
What supports you to move your vision, to evolve, grow and mature? What helps you connect the dots between your physical self & your thoughts/ feelings/ ideas/ creative impulses? We will continue to explore these questions this year in Movement & Creativity Library.
I am seeing that Organic Intelligence is the place I want to begin working with new clients. Then the Feldenkrais Functional Integration comes naturally when the time is right. This has been particularly effective for people who feel stuck, blocked creatively or who are wanting to be more in their bodies but find they spend a lot of time in their heads.
The work is also helpful for moving beyond stress/ anxiety/ trauma---and the beautiful thing is, the focus is not on the trauma, or the what's-wrong-attention.
“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.
"In order to do what I want, I need to know what I'm doing. In order to know what I'm doing, I need to be able to feel myself." -David Zemach-Berson
Here is a lecture from 2013 by David Zemach-Berson where he introduces the idea of the Weber Fechner Law.
"Do a little less than your utmost while learning... continuing to do a little less than your utmost, you go on improving.... The wisdom of doing a little less than one really can pushes the record of achievement further and further as you come nearer to it, similar to the horizon that recedes on approaching it."
This is Chapter 20 from Feldenkrais Illustrated: The Art of Learning, excerpts from the writings of Moshe Feldenkrais, edited and illustrated by Tiffany Sankary.
“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?