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{Poem} Love after Love, by Derek Walcott

I first read, and re-read, this poem in John Kabat-Zinn’s book Coming To Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and The World Through Mindfulness. Reading this poem arouses a sensorial image of a curious and loving touch that begins from within and that moves me beyond my flesh and in a flash connects me with all of life.
It seemed to capture the essence of both my personal practice and my work in the world—the soul touching beauty of learning to love again the stranger who was your self.

Feldenkrais Tweet  love again the stranger who was your self.

Love after Love
by Derek Walcott

The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,and say, sit here. Eat. Read more

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Feldenkrais or Yoga?

The Feldenkrais Method® can enhance your awareness and provide you with an anchor for self-study, both on and off of the yoga mat. In fact, the movements of Feldenkrais® can serve as a conduit to a deeper connection to yourself and is one of the ways in which it’s similar to yoga. The difference, however, is how we go about those movements. But those differences can vary from person-to-person and from teacher-to-teacher (lineage or style).

In most yoga that is taught throughout the United States, we are often working our way into an asana— discovering our boundaries and softening into them. We employ the art of stretching the muscles & aligning the skeleton and we reside in our awareness. Feeling each subtle adjustment that can be made for a bigger sense of space and ease. Noticing what arises in our thoughts & emotions. Freeing ourselves of the muckety-muck we have gathered in our body, mind, and soul.

Asana Defined

Asanas, the postures practiced in yoga, comprise the third limb. In the yogic view, the body is a temple of spirit, the care of which is an important stage of our spiritual growth. Through the practice of asanas, we develop the habit of discipline and the ability to concentrate, both of which are necessary for meditation.

In Feldenkrais we work with the nervous system through directive attention, somato-sensory feedback and novel learning. Working directly with awareness allows us to explore the spaciousness of moving without boundaries. We learn to translate force through our skeleton and to listen to the subtleties of our experience. We uncover our habits in the way we move as a whole (moving, thinking, sensing & feeling) so that we can gain insight into how we approach that grand movement of life. Like yoga, we notice what arises in our thoughts & emotions and we free ourselves from the constraints of living a life solely on our habits.

Feldenkrais TweetWorking directly with awareness allows us to explore the spaciousness of moving without boundaries

One thing is certain, the two practices can support one another and when practiced together they can offer you a broader way of experiencing and understanding yourself.

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{Birth Video} The Birth of Colin: A VBAC Story

The Birth of Colin: A VBAC Story is different from any of the other videos that I have shared and for that I am grateful. Not only is this a beautiful VBAC Story (Vaginal Birth After C-Section), but is one that shows how a woman can labor at home with support and then transition to the hospital and remain supported.

There is also something so moving to see a young boy both witnessing his father’s support and also being able to give his own support to his mother during her labor. You can see in one clip that he wants to comfort her and isn’t certain how. So he looks at his father’s hand, then at his mother, his father’s hand again— then gently places his hand on his mother. Love!

 

Feldenkrais Tweet“If we are to heal the earth, we must begin by healing birth.” —Agnes Sallet Von Tannenberg