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Uniting Thought and Action

Thought and action cannot be separated from one another, i.e. a person’s movements reflect their thinking and visa versa. A real change in thinking will be reflected in movement. If a new idea or solution (thinking) is to take hold, then there must be corollary change in action (movement). This holds true for the client as well as the coach. In this workshop, you will experience how your own actions can influence your thinking, enabling you to work more effectively as a coach by better observing the signals coming from your client. Additionally, you will become more aware of your own actions and how to sense them while still focusing on your client.

Sf and the Feldenkrais Method are both solution-based approaches to changing thinking and action. By experiencing these two methods, we will be able to explore the connection between thought and action. Practical exercises in coaching and movement awareness will blend together to create a new understanding of how action and thought influence and support each other.

This workshop was taught by Stephanie von Bidder and me. Since we will be doing more of this work, we're looking forward to exchanging ideas.

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Perhaps this relates to "The Heart-Brain Connection", the Neuroscience of Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning. Check this video out (15 minutes);
Thank you for that Lina! Dr. Moshè Feldenrkrais suggested that the brain was plastic long before it was proven. Here's a quote from his book, "Awareness Through Movement" that sheds a little light on his thinking and the relationship between movement and thinking (Thought and Action).

"A fundamental change in the motor basis within any single integration pattern will break up the cohesion of the whole and thereby leave thought and feeling without anchorage in the patterns of their established routines, In this condition it is much easier to effect changes in thinking and feeling, for the muscular part through which thinking and feeling reach our awareness has changed and no longer expresses the patterns previously familiar to us. Habit has lost its chief support, that of the muscles, and has become more amenable to change.“
I've recorded and uploaded a lesson similar to what we did in the workshop on Texel. It should be available as an mp3 file that you can play on your computer or ipod type player. Instead of writing more, I thought a lesson like this would be more useful. Feel free to share the lesson with anyone interested. Just a reminder, do all of the movements gently and softly. If you have any pain or discomfort, stop for a moment and then start again doing less movement and possibly more slowly. Sensations of strain or discomfort only interfere with the learning going on from moving. If you have any questions or comments, I'd love to hear for you. Enjoy, John
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The lesson last just over 17 minutes.
Hi John
Great to meet and HEAR you here! I still remember how action in your lessons made me feel longer and stronger. As I listened to your mp3 lesson same happened. My scaling went more positive - I felt more confident and I sit "bigger" now.
I miss you and your empowering/healing work here in Perth.
Best regards
Andre (alias Andreas)
Hello Andreas, Great hearing from you and thanks for trying the lesson! I have wondered how you've been from time to time so it's nice to hear from you. I've recorded 13 short lessons for musicians, which are available as podcasts from iTunes (free). Even though the target audience is musicians, they are good for the general public as well and I hear from non-musicians using them.

You can look them up under "The Dynamic Musician Series" on iTunes or use this link, which will cause iTunes to open in your computer.


If you don't use iTunes then you should be able to get them directly from this link.


I hope you are doing well and look forward to keeping in contact.

Cheerio, John





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