bb xxix: Moving in unusual [intriguing?] ways…

 

Why?

Because we’re human!

Movement appears as a practical invention – an intelligent creation – used to communicate, procure pleasurables, or get [into, or] out of trouble.

We move… to do stuff.

Which brings to mind a question:

Would it be more intelligent, to have lots of movement options, or just a few?

And also: would it be preferable, to move in ways that are pleasing to us, or in ways that are not??

Perhaps, ponder these ?’s (even if answers seem obvious).

Being able to do one particular act, in MANY unique & curiosity-laden ways, appears to us to be a sign of our nervous-system’s creative limitlessness; contrarily, doing a certain behavior in just one particular manner – every single time it’s done, without thought and with zero artisticality or stylized flair – makes a person, it seems, nothing more than a robot, a mechanical ho-hum who is slowly puttering out. So… which is you, as you move into, out of, & around, each day?

~ me; DB

Let’s bring up a scenario:

Getting up off the ground.

Now, it could be, that you haven’t been on the ground much lately – which is a whole ‘nother matter.

Assuming you can go to the floor, then get up from the floor, what happens?

You could do this the way you’ve always done it, in perhaps some habitual manner, without thinking of too much.

Alternatively, maybe let yourself make a game of this natural action.

For example, get up from the ground in your usual manner, but p[L]ay attention to it. Notice the sensation(s) of how it feels to do it this way.

Go back to the floor (or grass or greenbelt or sand).

Get up again.

Repeat.

Again and again, a few more times – each time just attending curiously to how you do this act.

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How do skeletal parts come together, in an organized way, to move your youness upward from the ground?

What would you look like – as if you were outside yourself, looking down from above – as you rise to your feet?

Can you sense this happening…

… in the bony structures of your toes/forefeet/heel (and the contact they make with the ground)?

… in your ankles, shins, knees?

… in your hips?

… in your spine?

What are each of these – or other – parts of yourself doing in order to move you from down, to up?

Where is the pressure of movement felt, as you transact with the floor and gravity, in transitioning up, down, back and forth?

It appears to me, to be especially valuable, to simply gift yourself the space, time, and energy to do something like ANYTHING (like getting up from the ground) – and to do so without rush, without any kind of subvocal critique or mental abuse of how you look, and without any apparent goal, other than just being… and being alive to this humdrum remarkable WHATEVER-IT-IS, while listening to it with sense as if it were… EVERYTHING.

Now continue going down to the floor, and getting back up (while reminding yourself, that this practice in itself may be stupefyingly simple, yet imaginatively, powerfully refreshing. That the possibility of peace is in this act.

If you’re ready for an alternate spin of it, do this now multiple repetitions, but each time differently, curious of new ways of getting to your feet – either in manners that are intriguing, mysterious, odd, silly, inventive… or simply in ways that are easier-each-time & pleasurable. Follow paths that make sense, routes that are sensual, or even trials that seem to be quite unusual on purpose – and attend to getting up each go of it, as if a wee (like you did once many years back), intensely yet naturally focused in learning about yourself through movement.

There’s no right way to do any of this.

Maybe, though:

There’re easier or more natural or more interesting ways, for you, right now.

The game, then, can be to find them!

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Other things you could play with, while musing on getting up and down.

• Try something we’ve learned to call reversibility, a quality of movement behavior, that any fun-to-watch mover exemplifies in his or her moves. For example, if you start to come up from the ground, can you at any moment REVERSE the movement, ad infinitum.

• Change speeds of moving, often… for fun… to see how different speeds affect perception of effort and attentionability.

• If you are having trouble being aware of aspects of yourself within this moving up and down, SLOW DOWN. Keep in mind, that in going more slowly than what you’re accustomed to – especially inchworm speed! – you may now notice greater sensations of what appears to be happening. Like watching a train pass by, would you be able to notice greater details of many aspects of the train, if it were whizzing by?!… or if the train was going quite slowly??

• Before beginning to stand, perhaps put total weight only in heels – and while staying weighted only in heels, transition to standing. Do once or several times. How does this mode compare to a more usual way of standing up and going down?

• Similarly, perhaps put total weight only on toes (forefeet) – and while staying only with weight on toes, transition up, down, around. Do once or several times, taking not of sensations associated within the movement. How does this compare to other ways of standing and going to the ground?

• There’s an infinitude of games of awareness you can create and play with any  simple act like standing up from – and going back to – the floor. Feel free to let yourself go mad, maybe.

Duration:

• When you feel like moving on, be done. There’s no time limit to experiencing what is happening here because… whatever it is you move into, it also is here. 

“We could say that meditation doesn’t have a reason or doesn’t have a purpose. In this respect it’s unlike almost all other things we do except perhaps making music and dancing. When we make music we don’t do it in order to reach a certain point, such as the end of the composition. If that were the purpose of music then obviously the fastest players would be the best. Also, when we are dancing we are not aiming to arrive at a particular place on the floor as in a journey. When we dance, the journey itself is the point, as when we play music the playing itself is the point. And exactly the same thing is true in meditation. Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.” ~Alan Watts

If you’re thinking, “What did I get out of all that getting up from the ground jazz?”, maybe, just let the intelligence of the nervous system sort it all out – because it’s probably already processing the experience, anyway, without you wondering about it.