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Spring has Sprung

Here around St. Louis the air is filled with exciting new growth of the season.  It feels good having the warm sunny days of spring.   Funny how we tend to stop noticing some things when they are around us consistently.  It’s a natural function of the nervous system to allow some things to drop out of our attention.  The changing seasons here really help me notice our lovely environment.  The changing movements in an Awareness Through Movement Lesson(R) or a Functional Integration Lesson(R) help the nervous system notice functions in the body that may not be so helpful.  As a result the body is allowed to let go of what is preventing ease.   Find a little more ease in you. Join me for a lesson.

Embrace It All

When we are small everything seems big.  When we are big so many things seem small.  When we are young time goes slow.  When we are old time goes so fast.  What’s up with that????

When we are young so many things seem sooooo significant.  When we get older so many things seem insignificant.

It seems like all we can see are the 2 ends.  The middle becomes very vague.  But the middle is where all the juice is!!  Between the two ends there is so much going on.  Is it possible to embrace it all??  I am not so sure.  How can I put my attention on it all?  Well, I guess I just have to pick what I can pay attention to.  I like to pay attention to the good stuff.  But, if I pay attention to the stuff I don’t like so much maybe I can change it.

As we move along the circle of life it’s nice to feel as much as we can and notice all of the good stuff.  We can make things better by believing they can be better.  If we allow ourselves to change our beliefs we can change ourselves.  If we embrace it all we have more to work with.  Everything we do and sense is important. How we allow those things to function in context is how we make our world.  We can make our world better and better every moment we are here when we choose to sense and do so.  I believe in better.

Great bumper sticker: Don’t Believe What You Think

The implications of this are astonishing!!  I, not long ago was struck by the idea that, “I am not my thoughts.”  I know that may sound weird.  But, I really pondered that idea.  Our brains are in overdrive!!!!!!  We are bombarded by advertisement and suggestions every moment we are alive.  Now, granted, we don’t have to take them all in.  But, many of them are inserted without our awareness, in ways we don’t understand.  If you are practiced at meditation you probably are very aware of what you are thinking on many levels.  But, when I walk in the trees and allow myself to step out of my own way, sometimes I can hear those recordings in my brain a bit more clearly.  If I just allow myself to let them run and notice them without judgement, knowing they are not me but only a factor of what I am exposed to I don’t have to BELIEVE any of them.  So liberating!!!!  I love it!!!!  If you allow yourself to get roped into the idea of BELIEVING so many of the thoughts that cross your mind they have the power to MAKE you into something that may not be so useful.  Some beliefs are very healing. Others, not so much.  So………………….from now on…………..I will be careful to notice what I think and will only choose to BELIEVE what is helpful in the moment.  In this way I can MAKE myself into something better each moment of each day.  I invite you to join me!!

Inspiration

What is it???  Its that feeling that fills us with vitality and motivation. This is the part of life that lets us know we are on a path that is progressive and positive.

But, how do we get it??  How do we feel it??  Sometimes it seems so far away.

Well, it’s always in us.  How we uncover it is in our power.  Noisy thoughts hide it very often.  Slowing down helps us hear it.  Our culture doesn’t like the idea of slowing down, backing up, and listening to ourselves.  But, this is just the right medicine to come closer to inspiration, freedom, ease, flow.

So, slow down, back up, listen to yourself.  Feel something in yourself or about yourself for a few moments.  Find your inspiration!  Know that your inspiration is part of the structure of life that keeps it moving forward for everyone.  The Feldenkrais Method helps you do this.  Come join me for a class or a one on one lesson!!

See you there!

Sandy

 

The Feldenkrais Method

This is a method of approaching situations in life from the perspective of the fully open learner.  ”What is that,” you ask. Sensing with all that is available to sense with, to determine the route of greatest efficiency in function.

At any given moment we have an infinite number of options. Unfortunately, the hardest part is sensing all of the options available. As we exist in this life moment by moment we develop a habit of view, a way of being that corresponds to greatest efficiency at some point in time.  But, things change with time.  Situations arise that require different ways of being for greatest efficiency.  The more open each of us is as a learner, at any given moment, the more options we can see, feel, hear, smell, and sense, to determine the most efficient way of action.

How can I open my senses to more options?????                         Practice. Practice. Practice.

Can I open more as my existence progresses?????  Sure…..fortunately, the imagination is a beautiful assistant in allowing more depth of sense.  I am grateful!!!  Off to the next adventure!!

 

 

Back to School

Here we go!!  For many folks spring time feels like a time of renewal. For some reason the fall feels that way for me.  Maybe it’s because I teach in a class room.  Fall seems like the beginning of something new for me.

Although it is the beginning of a lot of stress for me as well as many others.  But it is a time for learning.  It’s a time for something new and unfamiliar to enter your thought processes.  It’s a time for change.

Learning doesn’t have to be all academic in the traditional sense, I mean reading lots of words, looking at diagrams and spending long hours trying to remember something for a test.  I like the idea of learning to feel differently about something, changing a belief about something. What if we could actually change a core sensation, a deeply held belief, about something in ourselves.  Wouldn’t that make learning easier???

So often people have a certain idea about themselves that makes it hard to do somethings.  For example, someone might say, “I’m just not good at French.”  If that person could somehow change the way he feels about his ability to speak French wouldn’t it make it easier to learn?????  Think of that person you know that picks up languages so easily and allow yourself to become that.  What is getting in your way???  Our beliefs often get in our way.  Can we let some of them go??  Try it!!  Sometimes it feels better.  Learn to feel a new way about you!

 

It’s a beautiful day!

Wow!  Can’t believe it’s so nice out.  Usually this time of year, here in St. Louis we are hot and sweaty if we are outside.  Not today!!  Woo Hoo!

It’s easy to see the good outside of ourselves.  It’s harder to see and feel the good inside of ourselves.  Much like we do when we look out into a nice garden on a nice day and feel a cool gentle breeze when it comes.  Later we can use our imagination to bring it back when our surroundings aren’t so pleasant.  We can do the same with our good feelings about ourselves, things like self worth, being loved, being cared for, being confident and calm.  But first we must pay attention and cultivate our understanding of how those things really feel in our whole selves.

When we are caught in a cycle of negative feelings in our minds, bodies, and emotions it’s hard to get out.  Negative sensations are so strong.  But the positive ones, the ones that are generally milder in intensity are the ones we can all use to make improvements.  We could benefit from amplifying them.  Rick Hanson PhD says, “Be Mind Full of Good.”  Help the good feelings get wired into your brain to effect all of you and all that is around you. Everyone can all do this if we slow down for a minute or so and allow something like a momentary feeling of calm and self confidence really come into our awareness of how it is sensed in our whole being; mind, emotion, and body.  But there are a whole host of positive feelings we can expand as we allow ourselves to become more deeply aware of them and how we sense them in our whole selves.

So, take some time today to “Be Mindful of Good!”  I know you have some…………….listen for it………. and amplify it. :)

Your experiences change your brain.

It’s happening constantly, every moment of your life.  This is a wonderful thing.  We are learning every moment of our lives!! WooHoo!  There’s one drawback to that…………………our brains are biased to learn more from negative experiences than positive ones. But wait………………….we can learn to learn more from positive experiences than the brain’s natural tendency.  Thanks to folks studying that stuff!!!! Dr. Rick Hanson is one of those folks.

Rick Hanson PhD, neuropsychologist, has a way to help you effect your brain’s natural tendency of holding on to negative experiences and habituate the holding on of positive ones.  “Be mindful of the good,”  he says.  Hang on to it and savor it.  This helps you begin to see things differently.  Our brains have evolved to protect us.  The way it has done that is to identify negative things and avoid them.  In that light the brain is tuned in to negativity.  But, we can turn that around by learning how to savor the positive experiences and grow them.  The essence of The Feldenkrais Method(R) is a way to practice this idea.  With the method we slow down, back up, and sense the pleasantries of what we are doing and try to see how we can find more.  FUN!!

 

 

Feldenkrais Lessons

Who benefits???

Anyone seeking to improve something about themselves.

Anyone with pain, stress, or stiffness-can find ways to open and ease motion to allow more freedom of movement for anything from computing, to walking, gardening, child care, running,  hiking, rocking climbing……………………………………….the list is endless.

Athletes and Dancers- can find more speed, power, efficiency, fluidity, and grace.

Musicians-can find more effective ways to produce sound from their instruments.

Artists- can find new ways of creative expression.

Favorite Quote from Moshe Feldenkrais D.Sc.:  “Make the impossible, possible; the possible easy; and the easy, elegant.”

Read More:

On Moshe Feldenkrais

Information from the Feldenkrais Guild

The International Feldenkrais Federation