Quotes by Moshe Feldenkrais

Are you in love with The Feldenkrais Method? I am and I love the quotes by Moshe Feldenkrais too. 

Moshé Feldenkrais has come up with a lot of brilliant material for thought and practice. With remarkable quotes. See the list below.

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Quotes by Moshé Feldenkrais

“Nothing is permanent about our behavior patterns except our belief that they are so.” 

“In short, health is measured by the shock a person can take without his usual way of life being compromised” 

“Movement is life. Life is a process. Improve the quality of the process and you improve the quality of life itself.”

“In order to change our mode of action, we must change the image of ourselves that we carry within us.”

“Make the impossible possible, the possible easy, the easy elegant.”

“People confound, misuse, interchange thinking and speaking, not realizing that speaking is for communication and thinking is for action.”

“Learning to inhibit unwanted contractions of muscles that function without, or in spite of, our will, is the main task in coordinated action.”

“Standing is harder than moving.”

“No matter how closely we look, it is difficult to find a mental act that can take place without the support of some physical function.”

“Find your true weakness and surrender to it. Therein lies the path to genius. Most people spend their lives using their strengths to overcome or cover up their weaknesses. Those few who use their strengths to incorporate their weaknesses, who don’t divide themselves, those people are very rare. In any generation there are a few and they lead their generation.”

“In order to recognize small changes in effort, the effort itself must first be reduced. More delicate and improved control of movement is possible only through the increase of sensitivity, through a greater ability to sense differences.”

“You can’t teach anyone anything, you can only create the conditions in which they can learn.”

“What I’m after isn’t flexible bodies, but flexible brains. What I’m after is to restore each person to their human dignity.”

“I believe that the unity of mind and body is an objective reality. They are not just parts somehow related to each other, but an inseparable whole while functioning. A brain without a body could not think…”

“…self-knowledge through awareness is the goal of reeducation. As we become aware of what we are doing in fact, and not what we say or think we are doing, the way to improvement is wide open to us.”

“Willpower is necessary when the ability to do is lacking. Learning, as I see it, is not the training of willpower but the acquisition of the skill to inhibit parasitic action and the ability to direct clear motivations a result of self knowledge.”

“Life is a process of time, and time cannot be fixed. Without learning to know ourselves as intimately as we possibly can, we limit our choice. Life is not very sweet without freedom of choice. Change is very difficult with no alternatives in sight; we then resign ourselves to not dealing with our difficulties as if they were prescribed by heaven.”

from The Elusive Obvious

Awareness Through Movement lessons

The following quotes are from the Awareness Through Movement lessons by Moshé Feldenkrais. I stumbled upon them while preparing for my own ATM classes or when joining the An AY a Day lessons. You might find them as enlightening as I do. 

“The point is that there is nothing, nothing that we do not learn … – even the simplest movements.”
Moshe Feldenkrais, AY85

“(..) Now, pay attention if there is any difference. Whoever paid attention to the difference between the legs will find that he suddenly goes down lower. All of a sudden, he feels that this leg disturbs, that this thigh disturbs. Only when he knows what to correct does he have some chance that it will be corrected. But, if he simply knows that he does not know “to do” — he never fixes himself. (..)”

Moshe Feldenkrais, AY#356 Bending Knees with Toes Lifted, 8c

“(..) If you know what you are doing, you can do what you want. If you do not know what you are doing, you cannot do what you want. (..)”

Moshé Feldenkrais, AY#536 Fingers interlaced on the chest, 3d

“(..) Do one good movement and not twenty bad ones because if you do one good one, it is possible to do another one better. If you do twenty bad ones the twenty-first will also be bad, also the hundredth, and also the thousandth. Whoever does not have patience cannot learn. He can just do and be killed. (..)”

Moshé Feldenkrais, AY#539 Fresh Standing, 7d

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