“We are all Rolls-Royce with a bit of grit inside. The Feldenkrais® Method helps remove that grit.” Moshe Feldenkrais
The Rolls-Royce is the ultimate perfection in a car. Its pace, elegance, engineering and workmanship is admired by many. We aspire to be a Rolls-Royce but feel like a lemon. We feel sluggish, ugly and no engineering marvel. How do we compensate for our feelings of inadequacy?
We strive to be perfect. As children, mothers have shouted at us “sit up straight!” “Stop slouching!” In the military, we are commanded to “stand tall” Who wants a bent-over soldier protecting us?
“Perfectionism is a self-destructive and addictive belief system that fuels this primary thought: If I look perfect, and do everything perfectly, I can avoid or minimize the painful feelings of shame, judgement, and blame.” Brené Brown
In the book “Elusive Obvious” Moshe Feldenkrais states “A cultural emphasis on achievement rather than learning and growth, along with perfectionism, often contributes to emotional and physical distress.”
At the end, we cannot maintain a straight, perfect posture very long. We fail, we feel inadequate and down the rabbit hole we go.
“Perfection is, in itself, an idiotic way of living.” Moshe Feldenkrais
What is the solution? Change your idea of perfect posture and muzzle those loud authoritative voices. Replace perfect posture for a dynamic posture. Moshe Feldenkrais prefers the word “acture.” The aim is to have a posture that allows movement in any direction at any time. A posture that allows you to reach for that water bottle across the table, to reach for that chocolate bar hidden in the top shelf, and to pick up the loonie underneath your chair.
Come experience the Feldenkrais® Method at my upcoming workshops this fall.