Mary Oliver’s recent passing has inspired revisiting some of my favorite poems and along the way, I discovered some new ones that are so perfect for where I’m at at this part of my journey. I’m grateful Mary’s devotion to the poetry of attention and intimacy with ourselves and the world.
“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.
"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.
"We are beginning to place enormous emphasis on creativity, but there is a tendency to think that being creative is limited to “producing” something. I would suggest to you that the basic creativity of the human being consists in his working toward his own fullest development, the realizing of his own potentials, the allowing himself to grow. What we create first is ourselves and it is out of ourselves that the producing comes.” - Mary Whitehouse
"...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…
"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.
All the times I’ve taken big risks to be in alignment with my evolving path, I’ve never had regrets.
“The act of owning our whole selves, of being willing to lay claim to any sensation, emotion and direct experience, gives birth to our creative potential.” –Christine Caldwell
I always love reading this quote by Pema Chodron. I am humbled and reminded of my humanity and my desire to learn and grow. I feel like it would be a spiritual practice in and of itself to read this quote everyday...