The Distance Between Us

“Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.” – Rainer Maria Rilke


The Copenhagen Wheel

For SF's killer up-hills!

Taking Root to Fly

Luci practiced for months strengthening her bones and muscles doing table, plank, superwoman and other instinctual baby poses; practicing sitting on her own. She was motivated to work hard because she wanted to participate in her human potential for movement. 

And now she gets her first glance into autonomy by learning to crawl!

She is so amazing! How exciting! 

Congrats love!

We are so amazing! 

Living beings are constantly changing, constantly learning new things and applying those lessons. Adapting. We do it every day, internally and externally, consciously and unconsciously. Unlike plants, humans have the gift of movement, and with that gift comes the need of adaptation to multiple environments. Neuroplasticity, also known as brain plasticity, is the ability of the brain to change—physically, functionally, and chemically—throughout life. It refers to changes/expansions of neural pathways and synapses due to changes in behavior, environment, neural processes, thinking, emotions, experiences...

Irene Dowd and Mabel Todd's writings help movers of all kinds understand how the body was designed to move efficiently and effortlessly when it is working within anatomical principles. It also touches on body/mind connection and on the subtle influence of unconscious intention and attention. 

"'Right' varies according to the movement goal. 'Right' is constantly changing." ~Irene Dowd 

"The mind is an instrument of thought, not a museum." ~Mabel Todd (The Thinking Body)

"We are constantly learning. Every dancer, every choreographer, every teacher--all of them have a rich inner knowledge that comes from their experience. They're all scientists, really, because they're testing ideas and bringing them into physical reality. If I don't have anatomy, then I'll have some other information that I will use just as effectively. Rather than asking if I am doing it "right" or "wrong," I can nurture an appetite for all of it. All the muscles are equally popular with me! I love all the muscles, I love all the joints, I love all the spatial dimensions, I love all the possible relationships. I must if I want to serve dance in its fullest potential." ~From the Article, Irene Dowd: teacher's wisdom in Dance Magazine, 2005


Sympathy vs. Empathy

"The truth is, rarely can a response make something better — what makes something better is connection."

 RSA put a twist on their usual live-illustrated gems and take a page out of the TED-Ed book, teaming up with animator Katy Davis to bring to life an excerpt from shame and empathy researcher Dr. Brené Brown’s longer talk on the power of vulnerability and the difference between empathy and sympathy, based on her most recent insightful and rigorously researched book, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead.

And that connection often requires mutual vulnerability. Brown writes in Daring Greatly:
Vulnerability isn’t good or bad. It’s not what we call a dark emotion, nor is it always a light, positive experience. Vulnerability is the core of all emotions and feelings. To feel is to be vulnerable. To believe vulnerability is weakness is to believe that feeling is weakness. To foreclose on our emotional life out of a fear that the costs will be too high is to walk away from the very thing that gives purpose and meaning to living.
Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.
Thanks to Brain Pickings
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