Go quickly, but do not hurry.
~Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais
Are you feeling overscheduled? Is there not enough time to get everything accomplished? If you say yes, then you are like most of us. Imagine, on a warm summer day, watching clouds slowly move across the sky. Summer, with all the busy schedules, paradoxically, is the perfect time to sense an inner stillness. There is a pause, or an “apparent stillness” of the sun, for about three weeks. The position and time of the sun rising does not change. It is the stillpoint and it’s called the Summer Solstice.
Amidst the busy activity of the summer, you have an opportunity to take some pauses. Understand this type of time is not defined by the mechanical clock. It is actually a time that is defined by your own rhythm and inner experience. And Summer is the perfect time to find it.
Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, scientist, physicist, judo master and healer, addresses the question of time. It is important to find your own internal time. This kind of time is about sensing, awareness and inner choice. It is about coming back to your body as your reference for time.
The possibility of a pause between sensing and action is the basis for insight and awareness
Every action is composed of sensing and action. There is a delay or pause that comes between the sensing and the action itself. The possibility of this pause is the basis for insight and the basis for awareness.
Deep within you is the choice of how you want to move and be. In the Feldenkrais Method® we use awareness to guide your choices of “how” you move.
Awareness of how you move is a pathway to sensing your own inner rhythm and time
Time itself can be understood within your own rhythm. You can sense and feel movement inside, like watching the summer clouds moving across the sky.
Can you imagine the sense of time of bees? The honey bee responds to the rhythm of the sun, light and seasons. There is a wisdom to their sense of being in the world. Maybe we can learn from the honey bee about inner time.
You find this rhythm of life, during the day, the night and the year
As you turn your head and look to gaze at the clouds moving across the sky, I hope you use this opportunity to get inside your own skin and know a time that is outside of the over-scheduled world we all live in.
When Dr. Feldenkrais said, “Go quickly, but don’t hurry”, he was suggesting we live to the fullest. But to also remember, simultaneously, in each moment, that you have a choice to also find a deep sense of inner time. So yes, in a sense, you can measure time with your body. A time that can heal, restore and get you back to your center.
Please join us for the Summer Solstice Sunrise Walks.