I’ve always been a kinesthetic learner, I was the kid in school who didn’t get it it until I did it. And I’ve always had a lot of questions. I remember some of my first early ones, “How do I write the book of life,” and, “How can I use all of my brain?” I am not sure where these came from. But they kept my kid mind occupied.
As a young person, I was a competitive figure skater who learned how to learn by using by using my body as a point of reference. In college, I studied Psychology and Sociology because I was curious about why we do the things we do, I also wanted to find out, “What is the Self?” What I learned in college was that the questions I had about humans and the self was a larger field than what I could learn in college.
In my twenties, I was drawn to somatic and movement arts, and also began meditation in the Soto Zen tradition. Continuing to follow and refine questions has lead me into communities of people studying yoga, martial, and movement arts. I have been a student of Aikido, and various forms of yoga. I was also fortunate to be introduced to the Feldenkrais method. Pursuing questions created better questions, and deep down I found I had more, “What is a body for?” and “How can we use it well?”
With somatic practice I started to discover and notice things in me inhibiting the best use of my body and my mind. This journey led me to study embodiment, seeking places where we were engage in the work of reclaiming and reowning our selves. I became a student of the Hakomi Method of Mindfulness Based Assisted Self Discovery in 2008 with Ron Kurtz until his passing in January of 2011. Spending a portion of each year in Oregon introduced me to all kinds new arts, Ecstatic Dance, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, and Familly Constellations. Here in Bloomington, I’ve also been touched and influenced by a community of writers and leaders, who at the heart of their work, are deeply involved in the re-embodiment of voice and dignity.
I am moved to be in a world where each of us share the knowledge and skills we have found in our unique and distinct ways of seeking. As time continues, I know my questions will change, more will arise, and some will become clear. Here’s to continous learning in the schoolhouse of our lives.