MOVEMENT REQUIREMENTS - Heloise Gold

COMMENTARY

Through a light-hearted approach and through the utilization of specific movement meditations, creative sound/movement improvisations and T’ai Chi and Qi Gong practices, we can become ‘Full-Body-Listeners’. Our bodies become a resource for listening. As we listen with and through our bodies we can cultivate directing our attention inside the body as well as listening outwardly and expanding our ‘listening body’ awareness to the whole universe. We can develop a friendly and abundant relationship with our bodies.


SOME INQUIRIES AND CONSIDERATIONS:

  • At any given moment we can practice returning our attention to our bodies. Part of this practice is the simple yet challenging act of remembering.
  • How does my body feel in this moment? What do I notice? What am I sensing?
  • Can I direct my attention down and through my body?
  • Can I slow down a little? Soften through my body? Soften my breath?
  • Can I open on the inside; make a little more room and a little more space internally?
  • Can I cultivate a sense of alert relaxation and listen with every cell?
  • What do I notice and perceive about my own moving body?
  • How are the movements in my surroundings and of other beings affecting me?
  • What changes am I noticing in my body?
  • How are the sounds inside my body and the sounds in my surroundings affecting me?
  • Where are external sounds landing in my body? Do they affect how I move?

SPECIFIC INDIVIDUAL PRACTICES/REQUIREMENTS:

  • Daily Practice: Practice a one-minute listening/moving dance. Close your eyes; start anywhere in any position; listen/feel for the very first impulse to move and follow that; trust the intelligence of your body; keep moving until the minute is up!
  • Two or three times a week: Choose one Qi Gong/T’ai Chi exercise that you are drawn to from the handbook and work with it.
  • Two or three times per quarter: Work/play with one or more of the Morning Walks that I have outlined in Deeply Listening Body handbook. Try moving outdoors when you can.
  • For your Deep Listening Study Group: Choose one of the Movement Improvisations (from the book) and work with that.
  • Commit to writing about your observations, curiosities, and inspirations in relation to your movement practices and to your relationship with your body. These are to be recorded in your Listening Journal. This can be in the form of prose, poetry, single words, drawings, diagrams, photos, etc.
  • As you begin to integrate the above into your life, you can share these practices with your Deep Listening Study Group.
  • A DVD of the Tai Chi form as practiced and taught by Heloise Gold is available from goldbird1@gmail.com 

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