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"Life is so full of the element of gravity that we forget to consider it. Letting go of weight and leaning fully is interwoven with trust." —Ruthy Alon, Mindful Spontaneity

#feldenkrais #ruthyalon #gravity #trust

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Neuroscience and neuroscientists seem to be a popular staple of TED. And as a Feldenkrais Practitioner, I’m pretty much interested in anything dynamically related to the nervous system — how we move, think, sense, and feel. Plus, I’m completely intrigued by ideas that that explore the way we are shaped, and the way we shape, our internal and external environments.

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"Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggle with in vain." —Carl Jung

#jung #mystery

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A look at the impact of stress and the power of the Progressive Muscle Relaxation Practice.

"Like anything in life, growing your ability to calm takes practice. Taking time to practice the Progressive Muscle Relaxation technique for a few weeks, will help you to develop the capacity to use it quickly and effectively whenever you’re feeling stressed or anxious. Add in a little dose of mindfulness that includes noticing any of the above symptoms and …voilà you’ll refine your ability to notice what your feeling and to have the ability to shift your state when it’s necessary."

Includes free guided audio and handy-dandy Cheat Sheet.

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Red Barszcz a.k.a. Polish Beet Soup is perfect for this time of year. Once the leaves start to change I start preparing a weekly batch to sip on throughout the week.

Beyond the super savory goodness of this sip-worthy soup, Beets are a fantastic source of betaine.

"Betaine's presence in our diet has been associated with lower levels of several inflammatory markers, including C-reactive protein, interleukin-6, and tumor necrosis factor alpha. As a group, the anti-inflammatory molecules found in beets may eventually be shown to provide cardiovascular benefits in large-scale human studies, as well as anti-inflammatory benefits for other body systems.”

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A great talk on compassion from the author of "Emotional Intelligence," Daniel Goleman.

"The new thinking about compassion in the field of Social Neuroscience is that our default wiring is to help. That is to say that if we attend to the other person we automatically empathize, we automatically feel with them...But then the question is, 'why don't we'?"

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"I hope you can realize all of your unavowed dreams." —Moshe Feldenkrais

#feldenkrais #dreams

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Feldenkrais Is So Much More Than Movement was inspired by a quote from The Elusive Obvious, by Moshe Feldenkrais. And it is also my personal reflections on what it's like to move through life exploring Mindfulness, Meditation and Feldenkrais.

“There is practically no limit to the quality of performance that Awareness Through Movement will not transcend. The process of self-direction is being improved, and not any particular movement. The particular achievement is incidental and is a prize gained for better learning.” (pg. 110)

“...Therefore, we stop learning and get old and become idiots—otherwise, we would not get old! As long as a person has the desire and curiosity to learn, he is willing to do what the little child does.

When he really turns around himself,
he turns—really, really turns—
His head spins…
He falls down and gets up…
He turns around again…
He trains himself such that afterward
he has power, intellect and flexibility.

For all of us who begin to avoid movements, who try to succeed immediately, this is the beginning of old age. You can see people who already are eighteen or twenty who are beginning to avoid these tricks.
They become more and more clumsy and awkward. And afterward, they need to go to a doctor so as to heal their joints, their stomach, their head, their eyes, and their behind. Nothing works.”

—Moshe Feldenkrais,
Alexander Yanai #519

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"The path to the infinite and eternal begins here and now in the way we breathe, sit, walk, and function at every moment." —Steven Shafarman, Awareness Heals
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