Dreaming and Moving ~ Katarina Halm article in “My Covid-19 Story group” June 2020

The study of Meridians enhances a developing practice. 
Moshé Feldenkrais spoke about Meridians on several occasions.  The following are notes from his Amherst Functional Integration® Lesson 1 for Leona: Neck and shoulder organization, (2 August 1980).
Leona: “And you are an expert on Karate or Judo?”
Moshé:  “Judo, yes.” … ” In Judo it is not injuring an opponent, but making him admit that he lost his balance. But no one should be injured. In Karate you may inflict terrific blows.”
Leona: “Is it defensive vs offensive?”
Moshé:  “The purpose of Judo is to make the mind and body more alert and efficient.”
Leona: “And you use acupuncture too? Meridians?”
Moshé:  “Some believe the Meridians system exists like blood circulation or the lymphatic system, other systems flow other things.  Meridians show the way ‘Vital Energy’ flows. I do not simply believe it, rather in my work, I know by way of experiencing. But of course, acupuncturists can’t treat everything. If acupuncture was so efficient China wouldn’t have sick people! They would be world experts! You have to take everything with a grain of salt. “…
Moshé:  “The judgment is never final. If you are generous to others, that can change their signature.”
–– informal transcript of the audio from https://feldenkrais-method.org/archive/collection/amherst-evening-lessons/

Dreaming and Moving ~ Katarina Halm article in “My Covid-19 Story group” June 2020

 I was delighted by the cohesiveness of the ‘My COVID-19 Story’ group (May-June 2020). Keiko Honda provided many forms for our collaborations including Google Docs, email, zoom meetings, even the promise of a possible short gathering in Keiko’s garden later this summer with social distancing safely in place  The creativity and camaraderie around our widely varied themes led me to develop my endeavour in leaps and bounds!
I developed a new series of movement explorations, beginning with an abbreviated practice of two classical Meridians. We trace Meridians lightly on our own arms, then rotate the arm around its thumb, later we rotate the same arm around its baby finger. The purpose of the exploration is to refine and develop our self-image, our awareness of ourselves, and the potential for change.  We work with Differentiation & Reintegration into the Self Image as developed by Moshé Feldenkrais.

Upon completion of My COVID-19 Story, a 30-day challenge writing support group project, facilitated by Keiko Honda and supported by West Side NSG (Neighourhood Small Grants), Keiko Honda created a website to hold the stories and commentary: 

“We act in accordance with our self-image” Moshé Feldenkrais

“We act in accordance with our self-image. This self-image—which, in turn, governs our every act—is conditioned in varying degree by three factors: heritage, education, and self-education.”
–– Moshé Feldenkrais, Preface to Awareness through Movement. 1972, 1977

“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.”
–– Moshé Feldenkrais , page 54 Awareness through Movement. 1972, 1977

Thursdays June 2020

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 Focusing on Borden Thursdays June 4. 11, 18. 25, 2020

3:30 pm (Pacific time) http://www.focusingonborden.com/workshops

Jenna Chevalier,  Katarina Halm, Ann Johnston, Serge Prengel
A four week series of free classes via zoom.
These evenings will consist of an opening grounding exercise, a 45-minute class, followed by small group Focusing & Listening in breakout rooms.

Click on the links to learn more and to register. 

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“the fittest may also be the gentlest, because survival often requires mutual help and cooperation’ (Dobzhansky, 1962).

Our page dedicated to PolyVagal Model ~ Adapting to social distancing ~ Developing relational intricacies includes articles and resources.

Here are a quote and list of section titles from a recent article by Stephen W. Porges.

QUOTING PORGES ON DOBZHANSKY

“the fittest may also be the gentlest, because survival often requires mutual help and cooperation’
(Dobzhansky, 1962). According to Dobzhansky, it
is this capacity to cooperate that enabled the earliest
mammalian species to survive in a hostile world
dominated by physically larger and potentially
aggressive reptiles. Although unaware of Dobzhansky’s
major contributions, the publication that introduced
Polyvagal Theory was titled “Orienting in a defensive
world: Mammalian modifications of our evolutionary
heritage. A Polyvagal Theory” (Porges, 1995). In
retrospect, the title was a tribute to Dobzhansky’s
insightful statement that “nothing in biology makes
sense except in the light of evolution” (Dobzhansky,
1973).” [emphasis added]
–– Stephen W. Porges, page 135 in Porges, S. W. (2020).
The COVID-19 Pandemic is a paradoxical challenge to our
nervous system, a Polyvagal Perspective.
Clinical Neuropsychiatry, 17(2),135-138.

 

SECTION TITLES FOR PORGES 2020
For our closer study, a list of section titles and references:
PDF Porges, S. W. (2020). The COVID-19 Pandemic is a paradoxical challenge to our nervous system, a Polyvagal Perspective. Clinical Neuropsychiatry, 17(2),135-138. (list of section titles)  
RTF Porges, S. W. (2020). The COVID-19 Pandemic is a paradoxical challenge to our nervous system, a Polyvagal Perspective. Clinical Neuropsychiatry, 17(2),135-138. (list of section titles)

 

REFERENCES – DOBZHANSKY
* Dobzhansky, T. (1962). Mankind evolving (pp. 150-152).
New Haven: Yale University Press.

* Dobzhansky, T. (1973). Nothing in biology makes sense
except in the light of evolution. The american biology
teacher, 35(3), 125-129.

* “Theodosius Grygorovych Dobzhansky was a prominent Russian-American geneticist and evolutionary biologist, and a central figure in the field of evolutionary biology for his work in shaping the modern synthesis.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodosius_Dobzhansky

* “Theodosius Dobzhansky, a Russian geneticist who moved to the United States, provided laboratory evidence for natural selection and variation where previously there had been only field observation. Dobzhansky’s work with Drosophila, or fruit flies, provided new evidence that supported Darwin’s theory that natural selection, acting on genetic variation in populations, is a driving force in evolution.” “Dobzhansky is remembered today not only for his strictly scientific ACHIEVEMENTS but also for his deep CONCERN about the possible misunderstanding and misuse by SOCIETY of the concepts of genetic variation.” [emphasis added] Credits: Courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/library/06/2/l_062_04.html

‘International Feldenkrais® Week’ Feldenkrais & Taiji Free Zoom classes during May 2020!

Free online classes via ZOOM
‘International Feldenkrais® Week’
Feldenkrais® & Taiji during May 2020!
ADAPTING TO CHANGE:
We are keeping safe and learning how to adapt to changes.
45-minute lessons (listed in Pacific time)
Mondays: 1:15 pm ~ May 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
Tuesdays: 11:00 am ~ May 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
Fridays: 1:15 pm ~ May 8th, 15th, 22d, 29th
Saturdays: 11:00 am ~ May 9th, 23rd, 31st
Feldenkrais® Week Special class May 9, 2020`
~~ Noon Pacific may be better for some and we would adjust accordingly ~~
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Beginners are welcome
Participate as often as you wish
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TO SIGN UP: email or call Katarina

Special class May 2, 2020
How to raise an arm in the least resistant pathway ~ Hand on Sternum * reminiscent of BFL # 33. Mindful Spontaneity pages 234, 235,236 Ruthy Alon 1996 w:Images

 

Newly published article by Jan Winhall on the felt sense polyvagal model

I have updated the page dedicated to PolyVagal Model ~ Adapting to social distancing ~ Developing relational intricacies with the newly published article by Jan Winhall from the University of Toronto! Also on the page are PDF links to Jan Winhall’s graphics representing the felt sense polyvagal model of emotional regulation.

 

Addiction from the Bottom Up: A Felt Sense Polyvagal Model of Addiction

Reaching beyond the western, post Descartes view of mind/body duality as distorted and harmful, I have explored alternative ways of experiencing and conceptualizing the body. I think this is critical when working with addiction because our current understanding and treatment of addiction reflect this disembodied view—addiction is seen as a malfunctioning of our computer-like brains. But the current brain disease model is failing us. Rates are soaring. People are dying in the streets. We can and must do better than this. To approach addiction from a new perspective, I created a model to conceptualize and treat addiction: The Felt Sense Polyvagal Model (FSPM).

 Stuart and Hubert Dreyfus The Five-Stage Model of Adult Skill Acquisition (1980)

Studio study page   The Five-Stage Model of Adult Skill Acquisition Stuart E. Dreyfus University of California, Berkeley   

 

Dreyfus model of skill acquisition – Wikipedia

Brothers Stuart and Hubert Dreyfus proposed the model in 1980 in an 18-page report on their research at the University of California, Berkeley, Operations

DREYFUS is referenced at the studio site in these pages listed below:
1/ 
Taiji & Feldenkrais® Classes

2/ Gendlin, E. (1987). A Philosophical Critique of the Concept of Narcissism: The Significance of the Awareness Movement. Gendlin, E. (1987). A Philosophical Critique of the Concept of Narcissism: The Significance of the Awareness Movement. [PDF format available] Annotated notes below FROM https://www.focusing.org/gendlin/docs/gol_2158.html AND http://www.focusing.org/narcissism.html (contents links at the end of this page)   A Philosophical Critique of the Concept of Narcissism: The Significance of the Awareness Movement by Eugene T. Gendlin Chapter in D.M. Levin

3/ A CHANGED GROUND FOR PRECISE COGNITION Eugene Gendlin University of Chicago In this article I will argue that there is an implicit kind of precision different from the logical but not unrelated. The two kinds have to be kept separate. The power of logical inference depends on the concepts’ own patterns and would be lost […]   6136 A CHANGED GROUND FOR PRECISE COGNITION Eugene Gendlin 


BIOGRAPHY OF HUBERT & STUART  DREYFUS 

 Hubert Lederer Dreyfus – Wikipedia

(/ˈdrfəs/; 1929–2017) was an American philosopher and professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. His main interests included phenomenologyexistentialism and the philosophy of both psychology and literature, as well as the philosophical implications of artificial intelligence. He was known for his exegesis of Martin Heidegger, which critics labeled “Dreydegger”.[3]

Dreyfus is featured in Tao Ruspoli‘s film Being in the World (2010),[4] and was amongst the philosophers interviewed by Bryan Magee for the BBC Television series The Great Philosophers (1987).[5]

The Futurama character Professor Hubert Farnsworth is partly named after him, writer Eric Kaplan having been a former student.[6]


Stuart Dreyfus – Wikipedia

A native of Terre Haute, IndianaStuart E. Dreyfus is Professor Emeritus at University of California, Berkeley in the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department. While at the Rand Corporation he was a programmer of the JOHNNIAC computer.[1][2] While at Rand he coauthored Applied Dynamic Programming with Richard Bellman. Following that work, he was encouraged to pursue a Ph.D. which he completed in applied mathematics at Harvard University in 1964, on the calculus of variations. In 1962, Dreyfus simplified the Dynamic Programming-based derivation of backpropagation (due to Henry J. Kelley and Arthur E. Bryson) using only the chain rule.[3][4][5][6] He also coauthored Mind Over Machine with his brother Hubert Dreyfus in 1986.[7]

Adapting to Social Distancing ~ Katarina’s blog

Coronavirus and how we find our way each day: A compendium of resources and welcoming your thoughts.
Poly Vagal ~ Adapting to social distancing ~ Developing relational intricacies     


Online Reading & Discussion  We explore a second excellent article by Tomas Pueyo.   Neil Dunaetz writes: “In “Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance: What the Next 18 Months Can Look Like, if Leaders Buy Us Time” Pueyo makes a distinction between “MITIGATION,” also known as “FLATTENING THE CURVE SOMEWHAT” and “SUPPRESSION,” measures that quickly “BREAK THE BACK” of pandemic transmission of the coronavirus (as has been achieved in several East Asia countries).”  [emphasis added by Katarina]


Feldenkrais® Summit Study Page at the studio site ~ a special collection of YouTube clips and notes!
Inviting you to experience how the Feldenkrais® Method develops our learning and adaptability to changing times.
There will be a FREE summit again this year.  You can now purchase in advance the full recordings/notes for the 2020 summit with an option to include the 2019 summit, all for a discounted fee.

Here is our studio link
Feldenkrais® FREE ONLINE Summit May 1 – May 10, 2020
(Disclosure: if you use our studio link above, Thinking in Movement Studio may receive a commission ~ thank you for supporting the studio and the summit)

Feldenkrais® Summit & Study Page

Upcoming Feldenkrais® FREE ONLINE Summit
May 1 – May 10, 2020. Just TWO days away!
Feldenkrais®-Summit-2020-Calendar purchase the ALL ACCESS PASS to receive dozens of downloadable Awareness Through Movement® lessons, audio and video interviews, panel discussions, study materials, transcripts, Follow this link to sign up for the full package. [Disclosure: if you use our links above,Thinking in Movement Studio may receive a commission ~ thank you for supporting the studio and the summit.]

​FELDENKRAIS® SUMMIT STUDY PAGE ~ THINKING IN MOVEMENT STUDIO ​
​Meanwhile, you may enjoy a special collection of YouTube clips and notes from the current and past Feldenkrais® summits.
Welcoming you to comment or request elaboration on any of the themes.  I plan to add blog posts for your chosen topics!

​The terms Feldenkrais, Awareness Through Movement, and Functional Integration are registered service marks in Canada of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America (FGNA).

Coronavirus Tomas Pueyo ~ Neil Dunaetz Reading & Discussion March 29 – April 2, 2020

Special Online Reading & Discussion “Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance:”
A most recent article by Tomas Pueyo and invitation to join Neil Dunaetz in discussing it on Zoom.
Sunday, March 29 – Thursday, April 2, 2020
9-11 am Pacific. Noon – 2 pm Eastern (attend one or more days)
NOTING a second excellent article by Tomas Pueyo,
  Neil Dunaetz writes: “In “Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance: What the Next 18 Months Can Look Like, if Leaders Buy Us Time” Pueyo makes a distinction between “MITIGATION,” also known as “FLATTENING THE CURVE” somewhat, and “SUPPRESSION,” measures that quickly “BREAK THE BACK” of pandemic transmission of the coronavirus (as has been achieved in several East Asia countries).”  [emphasis added by Katarina]

The seminar will centre on ” the goal of understanding Pueyo’s distinction between “mitigation” and “suppression”

At the end of this post are quotes from the article.

Neil Dunaetz writes:

In “Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance: What the Next 18 Months Can Look Like, if Leaders Buy Us Time” Pueyo makes a distinction between “mitigation,” also known as “flattening the curve” somewhat, and “suppression,” measures that quickly “break the back” of pandemic transmission of the coronavirus (as has been achieved in several East Asia countries).

I feel this to be the best thinking to date on what we are up against and what we need to do.

Starting tomorrow, Sunday March 29, I will host a series of discussions on Zoom with the goal of understanding Pueyo’s distinction between “mitigation” and “suppression” as differing strategic approaches to dealing with the coronavirus outbreak, and their respective differing implications for our future.

Sunday March 29, 12pm-2pm New York time

Monday March 30, 12pm-2pm New York

Wednesday April 1, 12pm-2pm New York

Thursday April 2, 12pm-2pm New York.

You may join any one or more of these gently-moderated-by-me discussions, as you wish. Let me know if you are interested and I will send you the Zoom link. It is free to participate.

Please try to read the article in advance, if you can.  If you don’t, that’s OK too.

And feel free to forward this email to others who might be interested.

Neil Dunaetz

neilr@sonic.net

 

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QUOTING FROM THE ARTICLE

This article follows Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now, with over 40 million views and 30 translations. If you agree with this article, consider signing the corresponding White House petition. Over 30 translations available at the bottom. Running list of endorsements here. Over 10 million views so far.

Summary of the article: Strong coronavirus measures today should only last a few weeks, there shouldn’t be a big peak of infections afterwards, and it can all be done for a reasonable cost to society, saving millions of lives along the way. If we don’t take these measures, tens of millions will be infected, many will die, along with anybody else that requires intensive care, because the healthcare system will have collapsed.

Within a week, countries around the world have gone from: “This coronavirus thing is not a big deal” to declaring the state of emergency. Yet many countries are still not doing much. Why?

Every country is asking the same question: How should we respond? The answer is not obvious to them.

Some countries, like France, Spain or Philippines, have since ordered heavy lockdowns. Others, like the US, UK, or Switzerland, have dragged their feet, hesitantly venturing into social distancing measures.

Here’s what we’re going to cover today, again with lots of charts, data and models with plenty of sources:

  1. What’s the current situation?
  2. What options do we have?
  3. What’s the one thing that matters now: Time
  4. What does a good coronavirus strategy look like?
  5. How should we think about the economic and social impacts?