This week, I'm sharing a series of short posts that briefly discuss some of the underlying themes of Awareness Through Movement lessons, classes, and workshops.
In this post, we look at the importance of curiosity.
Curiosity: A strong desire to know or learn something.
Inherent in the Feldenkrais Method is a strong emphasis on the process of learning, how we learn, and how we learn to learn.
In a story shared by one of my trainers, Moshe Feldenkrais reportedly told his students that there are two ways to be certain you won't learn anything. The first is to believe that you already know what is being taught. And the second is to be sure that it is impossible.
Awareness Through Movement lessons provide an important and very detailed structure for exploration, but it is still our willingness and ability to be curious that ultimately opens us to new possibilities.
- We learn to observe, to notice sensations and details about how we engage with movement that we've never been aware of before.
- We learn to distinguish between our actual experience of movement and our beliefs about our movement.
- We learn to recognize the stories we have been told about ourselves and the stories that we tell about ourselves.
- We become more aware of our own blind spots, the elements of our movements that we skip over, where our curiosity simply refuses to land.
When we have this opportunity to pay attention to what's there within our movement and within ourselves, we discover that we have not one way of completing an action but many options. And when we have options, we are no longer contained by our habits.