“We have forgotten that the first maxim covered life as well as sport judo and few of us seem to have ever learned the meaning of the second (which means simply love).”
-Robert W. Smith
The Feldenkrais Method was born out of a childlike curiosity that all of us possess–even if it lies dormant beneath layers of assimilation to our fast-paced culture. Its founder, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, exemplified the same fiercely independent way of thinking that we see in all great scientists, musicians, artists, writers, dancers and athletes—indeed, anyone who values exploration, uncertainty and playfulness. It is also the same sort of mindset that we see in infants, toddlers and young children and that we ourselves embody in our more spontaneous, less defensive and perhaps more vulnerable moments.
A brief demonstration of how Taichi might be related to the world of athletics. I think the video gets the point across even though my movements don’t come close to the precision you would see in the masters.
“…some of the brightest kids prove to be the most vulnerable to becoming helpless, because they feel the need to live up to and maintain a perfectionist image that is easily and inevitably shattered. As an observer of countless talented young chess players, I can vouch for the accuracy of this point—some of the most gifted players are the worst under pressure, and have the hardest time rebounding from defeat.”
Click here to listen to a revealing story on NPR’s Morning Edition about patience, perseverance and diving in the process rather than needing the instant result. A simple word for this is: learning.
“…assumptions form the basis of what we have already learned. What we have learned in the past, however, is not always appropriate for the present. And this means that learning—which only takes place in the present—could be considered the active process of uncovering assumptions—specifically false ones.“ -from the book
Watch this intriguing video and see if you can decipher what’s actually happening.
“I’ve always hated the word, ‘prodigy.’ I think it’s dehumanizing… [W]hen you’re labelled ‘genius,’ ‘prodigy,’ ‘wonderkind,’ I think that it denies the human struggle with adversity…”(from the interview)