Can you feel the connection between how you move, how you feel and how you live your life?
For most, movement is most certainly habitual. Yet, we need to be aware of the way we move, as it shapes the way we see ourselves and subsequently affects how we live our lives. From the other end, the manner in which we perceive ourselves shapes our movement. Unless we work to observe our movement habits and break past them, we can become locked in our bodies and minds.
Below are four quotes from movement gurus who come from different disciplines. These quotes resonate deeply with me and I hope they strike a chord in you too.
“Distortions of body structure are primarily caused by responses to life experiences that engender habitual ways of perceiving and moving in the world. Over time, such patterns of response distort the body’s natural form and movement to that structural imbalance becomes self-perpetuating, and may even block opportunities for personal growth.” ~Ida Rolf (1896 – 1979)
“We move according to our perceived self-image.” ~Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984)
“Movement can heal – giving sense you can move beyond familiar limits.” ~Ohad Naharin (Mr. Gaga) (Born 1952)
“Neuroplasticity sits in the heart of our system’s redundancy and adaptive ingrained capability. Essentially all parts of our system are able to function in an infinite array of ways, hence it is important to keep ourselves challenged and ever evolving but not towards one fixed utopian point.” ~Ido Portal (Born ~1980)
These ideas are key drivers behind the work that we do at XCamp. We need to approach movement, self-identity, missions, and awareness all from an integrated perspective as these fields of study or practices all connect to make us who we are in every present moment.
The more aware I am of the connection between how I move, how I feel and how I live my life, the more empowered I feel to make the shifts that I want to experience.