Intimacy with your Bones & A Gift

October 9 2021
Block 4th
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A Note from Carl
Greetings friends,
We often refer to October as skeleton appreciation month. With all of the skeletons on display for Halloween and Dia de los Meurtos, it can give us an opportunity to appreciate our bony selves.
As you read this, can you sense your bones?
The dense, earthy support within you, upon which you can rest.
Your bones, that at this moment are continuously regenerated through gravity’s pull, through the attraction between your body and the larger Earth body beneath you.
In celebration of the blessing of bones, here are two movement lessons for you from our online Embodiment Lab that can help deepen intimacy with your amazing skeleton:
Moving Through Your Bones (Carl) click here
Tapping The Pelvis (Erin) click here
We are loving our October Embodiment Lab on Dynamic Sitting which is one of our most favorite topics to teach. You can still join us if you like!
Wishing you well and Happy skeleton appreciation month to you!
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 Mary Oliver
Understand, I am always trying to figure out
what the soul is,
and where hidden,
and what shape —
and so, last week,
when I found on the beach
the ear bone
of a pilot whale that may have died
hundreds of years ago, I thought
maybe I was close
to discovering something —
for the ear bone

is the portion that lasts longest
in any of us, man or whale; shaped
like a squat spoon
with a pink scoop where
once, in the lively swimmer’s head,
it joined its two sisters
in the house of hearing,
it was only
two inches long —
and thought: the soul
might be like this —
so hard, so necessary —

yet almost nothing.
Beside me
the gray sea
was opening and shutting its wave-doors,
unfolding over and over
its time-ridiculing roar;
I looked but I couldn’t see anything
through its dark-knit glare;
yet don’t we all know, the golden sand
is there at the bottom,
though our eyes have never seen it,
nor can our hands ever catch it

lest we would sift it down
into fractions, and facts —
certainties —
and what the soul is, also
I believe I will never quite know.
Though I play at the edges of knowing,
truly I know
our part is not knowing,
but looking, and touching, and loving,
which is the way I walked on,
through the pale-pink morning light.

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By training and profession, I am a somatic educator. Over the past 25+ years I have trained in and taught modern dance, tai chi, Indian and Tibetan yoga, yoga therapy (specializing in back pain). I completed a 4-year professional Feldenkrais training in 2007 and a 3-year Embodied Life training in 2014. I also study and work with somatic meditation and the profound practice of embodied inner listening known as Focusing.