What do you think of when you hear the word “balance?”
Do you immediately think— “I wish mine was better.”
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It’s hard to stand on two legs. It takes us about a year to learn it, to build the muscles necessary.
“. . . The human body is badly suited for standing. Statues of human figures have to be strongly connected to a heavy base to prevent them from toppling over at the slightest disturbance.”— Moshe Feldenkrais, Body & Mature Behavior
Humans start with a disadvantage: we stand on two feet. We’re top heavy: our trunk and head are on top, and our base is tiny. In Body & Mature Behavior, Feldenkrais writes: “A Martian visitor would not hesitate to conclude that the human body is the closest to an ideal frame designed for movement and the least suited for standing motionless.”
We humans are always seeking to be in balance. Whether in standing, so we don’t fall over. Or in dealing with a psychological challenge. What’s interesting: balance is inherently unstable. When we seem to be in balance we’re actually constantly moving, making tiny adjustments in response to our changing environment. We’re afraid to lose balance, yet we’re continually losing and finding it again. Just watch a baby learning to stand up! The only way to develop the ability to stand is to fall repeatedly.
Maybe losing our balance as grown-ups could be no big deal, too.
What are tools you can use to clarify your balance?
- The ground
- Your breath
- Your skeleton
- Your muscle system
- Your awareness
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