Instead of focusing on the impossibilities and challenges of things, I’ve started to apply a new approach. What’s possible?
I started this approach after hearing a quote from Moshe Feldenkrais in an Awareness Through Movement class with Alice Boyd. I was not in class to change my way of thinking about the world, but looking for pain relief and more mobility in my physical body. The quote (as I remember it) went like this: “The goal of this work is to make the impossible possible, the possible easy, and the easy elegant.”
Applied to the body and movement, this made immediate sense to me, and after just a few classes I was already feeling dramatic shifts, less pain, more comfort, and more enjoyment of movement. My whole relationship with my body was changing. One doesn’t start at impossible and leap to perfection or even ease. We must first discover what might be possible. A simple, explorative, first step.
This thinking began to permeate other layers of my life. Not just my own movement, but my desire to return to the field of massage therapy and bodywork with a renewed focus. And perhaps most surprisingly (at least to me), my writing. A blank page is less daunting when I think about the possibilities it holds rather than the words that aren’t on it. Writing the next draft of a poem becomes engaging and exciting when I think about the different ways I might approach it, the options, the possibilities within language.
After possibility, there is ease. After ease, there is elegance. But first, we must begin to ask what is possible. Are you interested in discovering what's possible in your life?
Want to discover more possibilities in your writing? Click the link below to check out my revision workshop that is built around this foundational question: What’s possible?
Finding the Next Draft: A Revision Workshop
4 Saturdays in November, November 1st –November 22nd, 1:30-4:00PM
Also, be sure to check out Awareness Through Movement Classes and the Feldenkrais Method!
Alice Boyd, Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, teaches classes at Yoga Pearl and Friendly House. Visit her website at www.aliceboyd.com.