Ztate of the happening (and interesting links)!

Zenso isn’t about a “right” way – any more than there’s a “right” way to talk to a girl (or guy) or a “right” way to eat sushi (or pizza) or a “right” way to spend time with a loved one (or a coworker). And it’s not just about kettle bells or  “working out” or being healthy either. It’s not just about anything.

Describing it essentially hogties it;

labeling what Zenso “is about” limits what it can be, for you.


PS, the aphrodite, this venus, at left, is mentioned in the article below about the breath – of which Moshe Feldenkrais says:

I am generally against breathing exercises in the commonly accepted notion of breathing exercises where I would be teaching someone that they must breath like this or like that. It is exactly as if you told someone they must say this or that. If you meet with a woman you must talk a little about politics, a little about the weather, or love, etc. You know what results from such instructions? An idiot results. It is the same thing if you tell someone how they should breathe. The instructions usually destroy their breathing.

Alexander Yanai lesson #17 “Breathing”


That said, the following are some goodies I’ve been reading or listening to lately. If anything piques your curiosity, follow the links!


  • Pain is Weird, linked to Zenso website, under “extras”, written by Paul Ingraham – there’s just too much good in herrr, not to read again (I think I’ve read this three or four times now).


  • “Brainpickings” article called: An Antidote to the Age of Anxiety, sprinkled liberally with Alan Watts writings – it’s really a calming read; not short, not long; inspiring too; and on the margins are listed all sorts of other really seemingly intriguing reads. This particular article starts with:

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives

(Annie Dillard)…


  • As a sideway of current path, here is an interesting Advaita (What is non-duality?) article found from some facebook feed I noticed a week ago – a look at non-separateness, connectedness, or we-thinketh-self-but-how-silly-I-be-ism.


  • Also, look! This is a “Moshe Feldenkrais” article [chapter, actually, titled Physicist, Black-belt, and Healer] by Norman Doidge – a pdf of well-writted-ness of Feldy: who-is-he, what-did-he-do, and why??? And with the Feldenkrais influence on Zenso, another good read.

Here is a train-of-thought list I made a few weeks ago, of “why Feldenkrais’ Awareness Through Movement lessons” for Zenso:

Feldenkrais: Awareness Through Movement (meditation)
An experiential based learning system
Discover or refresh body maps in the brain to access better coordination,
Learn habitual tension or parasitic holding patterns so as to unlearn
Relearn ways of doing old things better, smoother, smarter, with less extraneous effort
Learn many ways to do one thing – options – in order to enhance flexibility of self

Become more authentic in terms of choices, and grow in maturity

Practice curiosity and explore novelty                                                                                                       

Discover new possibilities                                                                                                                      

Relax, raise body temperature, and spawn regenerative process in the body (CO2!)

Enhance self image – develop more accurate self image; accept yourself here, now, this
Become more aware of your self through each of its parts
Dissolution of boundaries and barriers between self and other, self and environment
Learn about what you do and how you do things

Learn new ways – perhaps more integrated, more efficient ways
To be open to the idea that what you may benefit from most: is simply giving yourself a chance to organize itself a bit differently, an offering of many movement options, through attention, to the Central Nervous System
Learn how you might not be using parts of yourself in effective ways / learn how you can use parts of yourself in more effective / easier / smoother / more efficient ways

If you’re not aware of it yet, Zenso Thursday nights is: Feldenkrais ATM experience under the trees, followed by wine, cheese, chill *** Just really diggin’ it, all of it, just being, really.

Why Feldy?
Because more exercise – or lack of it – is not the issue! Managing stress and developing a more accurate and accepting sense of your whole, integrated, as-is self is!!!

  •  Here’s an Alan Watts video on Do What You Really Want to do! Interest is the onset of learning and learning is the greatest gift of life.


  • For fun, some Nietzsche quotes on opinion:

    Whoever thinks much is not suitable as a party member: he soon thinks himself right out of the party.

    The most dangerous follower is he whose defection would destroy the whole party: that is to say, the best follower.

    People who comprehend a thing to its very depths rarely stay faithful to it forever. For they have brought its depths into the light of day: and in the depths there is always much that is unpleasant to see.

    It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!

    One sticks to an opinion because he prides himself on having come to it on his own, and another because he has taken great pains to learn it and is proud to have grasped it: and so both do so out of vanity.

    A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.

    The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.

    We should not let ourselves be burnt for our opinions: we are not that sure of them. But perhaps for this: that we may have and change our opinions.

    Possessing opinions is like possessing fish, assuming one has a fish pond. One has to go fishing and needs some luck—then one has one’s own fish, one’s own opinions. I am speaking of live opinions, of live fish. Others are satisfied if they own a cabinet of fossils—and in their heads,convictions.

and this’m lil’ guy, on love, for the tickle…

The cure for love is still in most cases that ancient radical medicine: love in return.


  • Two of the last three Nietzsche quotes were found from a blog called Chocolate, Coffee, and Cigarettes, by Edward J. Edmonds – which I’m rather liking a great deal, lately.



  • Hamlin also wrote a piece I haven’t read yet but will soon, I imagine (definitely intrigued by the beginning…) called What is Feldenkrais? The first lines are, I think, a quite appropriate beginning to the work of Moshe Feldenkrais and/or the method (if you want to call it that):

Buddha said Whatever you think, it won’t be that way. Feldenkrais is that way. Beginners and experienced teachers both agree, it has to be experienced to be understood – just reading about it is not enough. All I can do here is give you some history, a few hints and some of my own insights.

I’m always curious about what I myself – and others – write about the Feldy experience which is just that, an experience – and only learned through experiencing it.

  • Here’s another interesting one on breathing, titled: “What’s the right way to breathe?” by a music teacher and Feldenkrais’ teacher. In it you’ll find the Feldy breathing quote from the top of the email.



  • One of the places that Shalin and I are staying during our HONEYMOON is here: Rivera Del Rio. Pretty jacked about our trip; we’re leaving Sunday!!!


Okay so those are some things that are happening.

Smile today a bunch of times for no reason in particular.

Why not?!


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