A somatic practice is a method of developing our awareness
Our felt-sense can be an anchor that tethers us to the present moment. To experience the present moment is to be aware.
→ Awareness illuminates possibilities.
“Without learning to know ourselves as intimately as we possibly can, we limit our choices. Life is not very sweet without freedom of choice.”
– Moshe Feldenkrais
Our culture, how and where we were raised, who our role-models were, the kind of education we received and our physical activities as well as our personal preferences, language, temperament and constitution all contribute to the mental and physical habits we develop as adults. Some habits become rigid confines that limit the possibilities for how we do things, how we move, how we think and how we behave. If we are unaware we are also unadaptable in “this is me,” or “this is how it is.” We eradicate potential for new learning, expanding, positive change. When we are aware we can learn to see a more complete, healthier, conscious, present-moment, unlimited self-image.
→ Awareness gives us freedom of choice.
When we are aware of what we are doing we can choose to do what we want. As we develop our awareness and begin knowing our (present) selves, we begin to free ourselves of limitations determined by our previous self-image. Our work shifts from maintenance of what was to cultivation of what actually is.
→ Awareness fosters self-love
Becoming aware of ourselves in as intimate, venerable process. We can become aware by learning to listen first to physical sensation – breath and movement and then to the sensation of our emotions and reactions. As we recognize our sensations we can begin to trust ourselves. Self-trust is an integral part of self-love. As we cultivate self-love we are longer dependant on external forces (people or circumstances) to supply meaning, balance, contentedness or happiness in our lives.