Culturally I think we’re at a crossroads in awareness practice. From climate change to gender relationships, the primary question being asked is how to decide what is true about our selves and our actions. Certainly we can find information to support almost any kind of conclusion on the internet. Science can give us great information about the physical world, and yet science’s perspective relates only to the specific questions we choose to ask and can reduce to measurable variables. Alas, interpretation of the meaning of things (such as the meaning of my life) is about feeling as much as thinking. Meanwhile, the circulation of information is another process, and is dependent on who can gather the attention of the community. To make sense of what to believe takes a lot of awareness and attunement to our feelings. I believe it also takes the ability to move ourselves toward information streams we can trust.
Meditation is a practice of feeling. In meditation we structure our actions in order to quiet our minds. Through mindful attention we can activate consciousness, engaging experience with greater distinction: When I practice feeling I perceive the texture of my world in greater detail. This makes it easier for me to discern meaning, truth, and even power—my ability to affect some kind of change through action. I also perceive that most of who I am, and what I do, happens outside of my conscious control. I breathe, balance on my legs, and digest my food without much in the way of active choice. Yet, in every movement I make, including my breath, balance, and digestion, I can become more aware and thereby more empowered.
Movement meditation is a practice of moving and feeling. Truly we are always moving—breath and digestion are key examples—even when otherwise maintaining stillness. By choosing to bring mindful attention to voluntary movements such as rolling, rocking, balancing, and traveling through space we can expand the edges of consciousness just as much as when sitting still. Through movement we shift our relationship to the environment, thereby changing the information coming into our senses. I am a dancer because I experience a ‘heightened’ state of being when moving with awareness, and because such movement has expanded my capabilities and consciousness. I teach movement because I have a passion for sharing this consciousness that I feel.
Physical Freedom Method is a movement meditation practice that is ready to support you at your own pace and in your own home. An online resource, the method requires no previous background in movement or mediation, and can also support you in other practices such as yoga, sports, or sitting meditation. I have created this resource because I believe it is one of the most important actions I can take to support my community in greater consciousness and discernment. Rather than try to describe it further here, I’d like to give you a free month to try it out for yourself. Please take a look at this link and let me know how it feels to you. Use the coupon code ‘freedom’ to sign up for free for one month; after that you will receive the discounted price of $24/month as a beta-tester if you choose to continue. Level 1, focused on feeling supported, is ready now. Level 2 will be ready by the time you finish level 1, and will focus on feeling whole, engaging with the tensional network of the fascia.