Because an embodiment practice is a method of developing our awareness.
We practice using tactile senses – our humanness – as an anchor that tethers us to the present moment.
Because awareness gives us options.
“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
By the time we are adults we have already established countless habits. We have habits in the way we walk, talk, eat, sleep, move, think and react. Our habits actually function to make our lives easier. If we had to be aware of every single thing we thought and did all day we would never get anything done!
Some habits, however, become rigid confines that disable any other possibilities. Many habits can become limitations in how we do things, how we see ourselves, how we think and how we behave. They may determine how we see ourselves, they may establish – “I am this way.”
We define who we are from everything from how we walk to what sports we are good at to what time we wake up to our personal preferences from food to music and on. When we get locked down on “this is me,” we immediately eradicate possibilities, choices and options about what other ways we could do things, what else we could think and how else we could be. Furthermore, when we learn to see our complete, present-moment self-image, instead of who we have been or want to be or think we should be, we can make healthy, conscious choices about how to navigate our lives.
Because 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.
Because awareness fosters self-love
Becoming aware of ourselves is an intimate, vulnerable process. The more self-aware we are the more we can trust ourselves. Self-trust is an integral part of self-love. As we cultivate self-love we are no longer dependent on external forces (people or circumstances) to supply or produce meaning, balance, contentedness or happiness in our lives.