“Nothing is permanent about our behavior patterns except our belief that they are so.”
– Moshé Feldenkrais
This winter I focused on my diet and became vegan. In the spring I focused inwardly with mindful meditation. On this first day of summer I’ve turned my attention to my body. I’ve written about how music saved my life in my youth and starting twenty years ago Feldenkrais saved my body. I’ll write more about Feldenkrais in future posts, but today I want to share with you the words Ruthy Alon spoke throughout the audio class I did this morning.
There are all kinds of life lessons weaved into this gentler form of movement:
Do less and go gently.
Be in touch with what is good for you.
We don’t force the body. We would rather gradually develop the ability through awareness movement and a kind attitude.
Give up the effort towards the final achievement. Our goal is in the quality of movement.
We want to learn how to move ourselves in an easy coordinated way, pleasantly and to improve ourselves to serve our needs. We don’t find it by exerting beyond the borders of our ability, but by observing through awareness our ways of doing things. Go gently so that you can learn and tune in to the details.
You move gracefully when you do not exert more work than is needed for a function.
This sensitivity to moderate the balance between investing power and letting go is what coordination is all about.
Give yourself permission to be kind to yourself and look for the rhythm that is desired for you. Get to know if your rhythm is quick and mechanical, as if you have an obligation to try your best. Find out whether you have this demanding mentality and introduce yourself to a style of leisure. You discover your ability by experiencing ease. Can you go at a gentler and smoother pace? We get to experience being in neutral, tension free, and more at peace with ourselves.
Let go of everything and rest.
Trust the wisdom of your own body.
Give yourself appreciation for being able to learn and improve.