Mind In Motion

A revolutionary approach to optimizing human ability when faced with pain, neurological disability, or the challenges of every day life.

Moving training online

Back in March, I had an online conversation with Patrick Gruner. Patrick’s a fellow trainer and a longtime friend and colleague. We met back in the 1990s when I was the guest trainer for one of Mark Reese’s training in Germany. Patrick, who was a newly-minted Feldenkrais® teacher, was the co-administer of that training. We shared a common background as Neuro-Linguistic Programming trainers, which made for many inspiring, insightful exchanges.

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Looking up

Last Tuesday, I taught the first class of this summer’s Awareness Through Movement® summer camp, The Human Frame. I call the lesson that I presented:

THINGS ARE LOOKING UP

Like all the lessons in this series of ATM® lessons done in a doorway, this is a relatively recent creation. Though it’s new, it relies on the same learning logic as the archetypical lessons that Moshe Feldenkrais invented. I’ve been developing, learning from, and working with this contemporary score for the last couple of years; this past spring I taught it in several different classes. Last week’s version definitely benefited from my long apprenticeship with it.

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Continuing the conversation

The next installment of A feeling for gravity is coming up on Monday, 6 July, at 9:30 AM Pacific time. 

During these live feeling4gravity online meetings, I continue my conversation with engineer, psychologist, and NASA scientist Gary Riccio about the connection between Moshe’s method and movement science. We started talking back in the spring of 1989 and haven’t stopped. 

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Nothing worse than a good idea

Gaby Yaron graduated from the Feldenkrais® Teacher Training directed by Moshe Feldenkrais, the founder of the eponymous method, in Tel Aviv in the 1960s. She went on to become one of the method’s leading trainers, conducting programs in Europe and the United States. 

In the early 1990s, I had the good fortune to assist Gaby in the training she was directing in Evanston, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. We had met at my teacher training in Amherst, Massachusetts, during which I had the opportunity to receive individual hands-on Functional Integration® lessons as well as to watch those she gave to my classmates and to members of the public.  

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A map and its territory

“A map is not the territory it represents,
but, 
if correct,
it has a similar structure to the territory,
which accounts for its usefulness.”
— Alfred Korzybski

So often, people misquote Alfred Korzybski.

They say, “The map is not the territory.”

Okay. I have a confession. 

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Black lives matter

The word “unprecedented” has been used so often lately in reference to COVID 19 that I was getting tired of hearing and reading it. That was until George Floyd’s murder by policemen in Minneapolis ignited an unprecedented international movement against police violence and institutionalized racism. 

Due to my current circumstances — because I’m still recovering from radiation and chemotherapy, I’ve been under strict doctor’s orders to maintain social distancing and to keep sheltering at home — I haven’t been able to participate in demonstrations. However, this afforded me time to reflect on the start of my political activism and to consider what we can do going forward. 

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A feeling for gravity

How do we know which way is up?

The answer to this question is not quite as obvious as it seems. Unlike light or sound, our nervous systems have no way of directly detecting the pull of gravity. We know which way is up thanks to the results of gravity acting on our bodies — like where we’re making contact with support surfaces and the amount of pressure in those places — as well as from cues from other sensory systems.

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A lesson the founder never taught

In the summer of 1991, I was lying on the floor of the gymnasium at the Vienna International School. I was there as a member of the faculty of the first Feldenkrais® Teacher Training in Austria. The trainer and educational director, Dennis Leri, was teaching an Awareness Through Movement® lesson. 

A few minutes into the lesson, I found myself wondering what exactly was going on in this ATM®. The movements were familiar, but I could sense there was something different about how the lesson was unfolding. As it continued, I started to get an inkling of what might be happening; thing is, I could not quite believe that my guess was — or even could be — right. I was as sure as I could be that I had never done this lesson before. 

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Moshe’s dream has come true

In the 1970s and 80s, Moshe Feldenkrais often spoke of his dream of teaching Awareness Through Movement® lessons on television around the world. His inspiration was the leading-edge technology of the day, the Telstar communication satellites, which made international television broadcasting possible. His hope was preempted by the prohibitively high cost of doing so.

Thanks to the spread of the Internet, accessibility to high technology, and the advent of the novel coronavirus pandemic, we’ve made Moshe’s dream come true on a worldwide scale that few would have imagined as recently as the end of last year. 

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An unmistakable and powerful experience of lengthening

Do you know the long-running television game show, Jeopardy? The contestants receive clues in the form of answers and have to phrase their responses in the form of a question.

I’m asking because I enjoy playing Jeopardy with Feldenkrais® lessons. I do that by considering, “If the lesson is the answer, what question is it answering?” 

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