“How can a single individual make a difference in the world?”

Buckminster Fuller spent much of his life addressing the question:

“How can a single individual make a difference in the world?”

We are Inextricably Interconnected

“Whether we realize it or not, each of us lives eternally in the red.  We are everlasting debtors to known and unknown women and men.  When we arise in the morning to go into the bathroom we reach for the sponge, which is provided for us by a Pacific Islander.  We reach for soap that is created for us by a European.  Then at the table we drink coffee provided for us by a South American or tea by a Chinese or cocoa by a West African. Before we leave the house we are already beholden to more than half of the world.”  Martin Luther King Jr.

Only our thoughts separate us from others and the world we live in.  The reality is that we are a small part of the whole.  How can we stay buoyant, resilient and effective when the world is in an uproar?

Attention is a practice – each moment, each day
How do we move through life, inhabiting ourselves and living with others? What is the quality of our attention?  A moment of inattention can cause chaos. Hurtful words may spill out to a friend.  Our actions are indelible.  All of us are continuously changing the world.  How intentional are we, each day, each moment?

“How can a single individual make a difference in the world?”

Our Malleable Nature -Demystifying the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Movement
Functional Integration sessions are a creative process.  Feldenkrais did not design an unchangable diagram for teaching.  The practitioner brings their specialized experience in observing the intricacies of an individual’s available movement and, through touch, shifts their arrangement.  The connection, when integrated, brings ease and clarity to a person’s ability to navigate their life. One analogy is: that we are identifying and engaging the person’s “Trimtab.”  This is Buckminster Fuller’s brilliant invention: “A small six-inch wide strip of metal attached by hinges to the trailing edge of a ship’s rudder. As an engine’s hydraulics force the Trimtab into the path of oncoming water, the pressure generated against it assists the rudder in making its turn. Bucky Fuller posed that, like this tiny sliver of metal can alter the course of a great ship of state, you and I as little individuals can change the course of humanity.”  This frees us from the limitation of our well-worn patterns and illuminates possibility, as we embody the intricacies of our human capabilities. On Fuller’s grave stone is the phrase: Call Me Trimtab.

In each Awareness Through Movement class, we focus our attention from our surroundings – to the surface of the floor that we lean on – then, to our physical structure – then, to our the relationship of our body parts moming and in relation to our environment (others, the room)…  This includes problem solving in order to discover new ways to move that are functional and an integral part of our human potential and design.  Neurological connections are made and our brain has changed.  Within each lesson, the breath becomes fuller and less impeded.  We move with attention and sensitivity.  As embodiment deepens we gain mastery of how we use ourselves – learning, intimately, to navigate our lives within constant change. We become keenly aware of our malleable nature.

This learning is not a matter of pushing ourselves.  It is more refined. Techniques for fostering deeply functional learning consist of: listening, sensing, and paying attention.

In a perfectly matured body, which has grown without great emotional disturbances, movements tend gradually to conform to the mechanical requirements of the surrounding world.  The nervous system has evolved under the influence of these laws and is fitted to them.  However, in our society we do, by the promise of great reward or intense punishment, so destroy even the development of the system, that many acts become excluded or restricted. The result is that we have to provide special conditions for furthering adult maturation of many arrested functions.  The majority of people have to be taught not only the special movements of our (human) repertoire, but also to reform patterns of motions and attitudes that should never have been excluded or neglected.
Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, Higher Judo

Transformation is never ceasing.  We feel it when we open our eyes, ears, and hearts.  How can we stay buoyant, in the midst of chaos?

Sad and lonely, all the time,
That’s because I’ve got a worried mind
You know the world is in an uproar,
The danger zone is everywhere, everywhere

Percy Mayfield’s “The Danger Zone” recorded by Ray Charles

What brings you moments of peace?  Quiet, music, nature, a good book, your pet?  Feed yourself, regularly, what you need for balance.  Share your strengths with your community, with the world.
We are beautiful and complex creatures.  We have big brains that change our world.  In what direction do we align ourselves in our thoughts, wishes, and actions?  Discovering our real possibilities through movement is direct, bringing clarity to our thoughts, intentions and actions.