Quotes

Moshe Feldenkrais quotes:

“What you truly learn best will appear to you later as your own discovery”

“The child does not exercise in the sense a grown-up does, by repeating an action in order to improve it. The child’s attention is directed by curiosity, which is innate in all living things. Repetition in a small child is more often due to the pleasure the act evokes and to its novelty, than to any intent to improve.”

“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.”

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

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

“We do not achieve … by repetition, muscle exercising, or by increasing speed and force, but by widening and refining the cerebral control of the muscle range.”

“Through awareness, we can learn to move with astonishing lightness and freedom at almost any age.”

“Focus on your difficulties and you have difficulties for life.”

“…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.”

“If you know what you are doing, you can do what you want.”

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

“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”

In those moments when awareness succeeds in being at one with feeling, senses, movement, and thought, the carriage will speed along on the right road. Then man can make discoveries, invent, create, innovate, and ‘know.’ He grasps that his small world and the great world around are but one and that in this unity he is no longer alone.

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

Other Quotes:

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein

“Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul’s weather to all who can read it.” – Martha Graham

“Change occurs when one becomes what he is, not when he tries to become what he is not.” – Arnold Beisser

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” – Carl Rogers