Words of Wisdom

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As I write this evening, the Saints are the SuperBowl champs, the last of the ads have run, and big parties are about to begin.  I’m sitting at home with a cup of tea, my feet up, and reflecting on a wonderful weekend of Feldenkrais in Houston.

Paul Rubin, international Feldenkrais trainer, was in Houston this past weekend to teach a two-day workshop. The public workshop attracted 21 adult students who came to learn how moving, thinking, feeling, and sensing with greater understanding can have surprising benefits throughout one’s life.

Hoshe Feldenkrais certainly knew how to turn a phrase to get you thinking.  Here are some of the ideas that Paul shared with the group.

Moshe Feldenkrais devised his work in response to his own injuries. Bullying his way through life no longer worked.

Feldenkrais defined 4 elements of “being awake:” sensing, feeling, thinking, movement. Neurologically they are indivisible.

Many of us are making great effort to remain unaware of what is happening in the present moment.

Feldenkrais is not about learning how to “do” anything.  Be satisfied with a healthy curiosity.  Our culture values ends over means.  Feldennkrais is interested in the means.

Human beings are the only “animals” who will willingly put themselves in jeopardy for nothing.

The gap between what we *think* we’re doing, and what we’re *actually* doing , is LARGE.

We’ve been taught our whole lives that physical power is the way to improve. *Well-organized* physical power is safer.

Imitation may be the highest form of flattery: but it’s the lowest form of learning.

It’s much more important to be able to learn than to be perfect.

We’re all brain damaged: it’s just a question of degree.

Feldenkrais is the science of surprise-ology.

Most people know the contents of their kitchen junk drawer in more detail than they know themselves.

To revisit these ideas this weekend was sweet.  I had many memories of my own Feldenkrais training, and am filled with eager anticipation about our Houston teacher training.

I’ll be carrying these ideas into the next week, with greater awareness.  I was in a car wreck today, and although my car was totaled, thankfully nobody was seriously hurt.  The day ended with a wonderful Awareness Through Movement lesson that allowed me to feel and notice how shaken I was, how disconnected from my usually responsive body.  The tiniest movements, done with great care, gentleness, and attention, left me feeling relaxed and collected.  Now, as the bruises begin to appear, I have an opportunity to practice what I preach.  I am awake, and aware.  It’s been a very, very good day!

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2 thoughts on “Words of Wisdom

  1. MaryBeth, good to hear that you were not seriously injured–was just so sorry that happened.

    Thank you for all the planning, etc. that went into the workshop. I really enjoyed it.

    Sending you all my best with appreciation,

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