Walking and Wholeness

Note: I wrote this post yesterday, and didn’t upload it for technical reasons. As I write now, a drama is unfolding only a few miles away in Watertown, where several friends of mine live, and where I have my office for private lessons (I was supposed to be teaching there this morning). The post seems all the more relevant in its small way as my neighbors and I are asked — in some cases ordered — to stay at home while the authorities try to apprehend the suspects in Monday’s bombings and the further violence in the past 24 hours. I can feel in my body the sensation of being cooped-up from the outside, and also pulled inward by fear and anxiety. Thinking about walking, even if I can’t get out yet, helps me feel more free and alive.

walking meditation

This spring, the theme of my Feldenkrais workshops and weekly Awareness Through Movement classes will be walking and running. Sitting down to write about my teaching, I found myself uncomfortable at first talking (more specifically, advertising) about running so soon after a celebration of this human capacity turned to horror at the marathon on Monday. But then I realized that in the midst of this shattered moment, our responsibility — to ourselves and to the world around us — is to find wholeness. And that is, after all, what I teach.

There is something very wholesome about walking.