Mindfulness As A Feldenkrais Practice (And Some Free Downloads)

Mindfulness As A Feldenkrais Practice



Or is it Feldenkrais as a mindfulness practice? Or neither?

Due to an computer glitch last month, the Tai Chi video I was watching and doing stopped playing on my computer. At the the time, I did not want to fiddle with my computer or internet, so I simply closed my eyes and starting doing a meditation in standing by counting my breaths. After what seemed like just a few moments of meditation, I opened my eyes and got prepared to start my day. I was surprised to look at the clock and realize that I had been meditating for about 15 minutes.

Fifteen minutes is not a particularly long time to meditate, but my subjective experience told me that just 2 or 3 minutes had passed. Being somewhat intrigued by this change in time sensation, I engaged in another standing meditation in the evening. And another the next morning. Each time what seemed like a short time has been a longer time. And now, three weeks later, I am meditating in standing twice per day. I absolutely love it! Um…except on those occasions when I do not.

Meditating is not new to me. I had a strong meditation practice in San Francisco for several years and regularly went on meditation retreats. Though, it has been over ten years since I meditated regularly. But meditating while standing? Completely new and, to me, very powerful. If you have ever meditated, you might have noticed some benefits such as an increased ability to focus on one task, less stress, clearer thinking or something else, specific to your life and situation. All very cool. Grateful to have it. But as a Feldenkrais practioner, I must say that standing meditations offer an incredible array of sensory feedback and changes, even when focusing primarily on meditating and clearing my mind.

I am toying with the idea of creating some downloads on standing meditation. Or perhaps on Feldenkrais as a mindfulness practice. But I have not worked through the details. In the meantime, coincidentally, my friend Page at the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM) sent me a link to an upcoming series on Mindfulness and asked if I would promote it. I purchased their 2012 NICABM series on Mindfulness and will likely purchase the new one. As usual, they offer a series of free interviews and short videos as they work their way up to the launch of their program. Free Videos No Longer Available, sorry. I recommend that you check it out. It is not simply that mindfulness practice can be useful for our selves but also that mindfulness practices are continuing to grow dramatically in the world. People are interested and researchers are interested. Mindfulness language and ideas are becoming more and more common to the public. Seeing where and how it fits the Feldenkrais Method (or not) could add to the method´s adoption and to our practices.

Check it out: NICABM Mindfulness Series 2013.

2 thoughts on “Mindfulness As A Feldenkrais Practice (And Some Free Downloads)

  1. Hans Holter Solhjell

    I guess it could be a good idea to market standing meditation mentioning the benefits of sitting less, and the recent research and media articles on how to much sitting is a huge health risk factor.

    Some 20 years ago I also did more meditation than I do today, and also some standing mediation I learned while practicing Aikido. This is a kind of meditation where you stand with the body weight on the ball of the feet, somewhat bent knees, and the arms out in front. The result of this I felt was quite a lot more powerful than the sitting meditation and led to a kind of unshakeable calm. But like with most meditation, if not combined with other emotionally introspective elements and ways of dealing with trauma and neurosis, this calm was mostly a more powerful shell, rather than the real thing. But still a very powerful and meaningful experience on the longer path.

    I am also increasing my meditation practice these days, and also doing some of it standing, so it would be great to read more about your experiences in this regard. As a side note I will mention that I find the ios app “way of life” quite helpful in establishing new habits like this. At least for the three weeks that I have used it so far.

  2. nagster Post author

    Hans – Thanks for your comments. Your comments have been getting caught in my spam folder. I do not know why.

    I like what you are saying about the standing meditation. I have found, a times, a desire to disconnect or “run away” while doing the standing meditation. And at times, waves of anxiety. But by staying with the meditation, I find that the feelings go away or lesson. And then in every day life I feel much more strong and grounded. It is literally and figuratively like I can “hold my ground” more.

    Are there meditations that you use that are more introspective or that deal with trauma or neurosis?

    Thanks for commenting. Much to think about and perhaps, act upon.

    Ryan

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