Learning is movement. This “movement” however is re-defined not as mechanical from here to there, but as a poetic symphony weaving the mind, body and senses. The “sensory and motor circuits don’t just feed cognition. THEY ARE COGNITION” (Scientific America Mind, 2011). The sense aware of the weaving is of the body. The weaving is the movement.
Children Get IT!
They don’t have the habits… yet.
learning from the body-to-brain .
- To raise the level, depth, and breadth of public dialogue and awareness on core issues of children’s life challenges.
- Enhance awareness of the body connections to brain by developing a clearer and deeper
sense of inner awareness of patterns influencing behavior and mindset through neuromuscular re-education movement .
Over 500 children did mind-body movement games designed to improve functional integration of senses, motion and perception. Sequences of movements use National Physical Education and Health standards, Awareness Through Movement® (Feldenkrais movement sequence), and developmental movement stages.
Lessons combine sensori-motor and neuromuscular reeducation (based on the Feldenkrais Method) into movement games. Design of movements in a lesson enhance the nature of how the brain and body work and learn together. Different than movement exercises these movements are tools to improve health and wellbeing mentally and physically. By checking into the physical sensation of a the body children clarify how they are perceiving, often different than others. The awareness improves understanding of how we feel to what we do, versus how others are reacting or behaving. And the best thing about learning unity of awareness in the sensory body is over time health and wellbeing continues to improve.
Lessons show how embodied cognition is a character of sensation in the body shaping the mind’s perception. The more self-aware the more engaged and effective the learner. Integration from awareness of proprioception to cognitive function stimulates ambition,self-regulation and responsibility. This type of self-awareness fuels the drive to be creative and also a critical thinker. The sense of belonging and being accepted is already strongly enforced between peers, but respect for each other differences is also more acceptable with proprioception awareness.
Steps in the lessons are organic and adapt to the moment or circumstance. Awareness to physical sensations with thinking fine-tunes choices. What feels essential to needs is negotiated with what the body can do and not do.
For example action, hearing, touching, tasting, smelling and seeing are all sensations in the body-configurations of sensation. Children discover how actions negotiates with intentionthus different. This experience is not intellectual but a window of awaking to self and one’s relationship with others.
There is a turning point when patterns of behavior are reeducated part-by-part. at a certain moment dramatic shifts happen in behavior, attention, and ailments. Seems to be a tipping point when the sensory body feels enough of the whole system and regardless of condition improves. For example read links: ADHD and STRESS.
Key to lessons is a self discovery from the body. Wellness Through Movement lessons are based on biological directives already in place and urges or reactions related to a given environment. With supportive directives according to a child’s response lessons watch movement patterns to assimilate awareness and encourage self-discovery of guiding attention. To do this no demonstration or mirroring movements is key. Watching reaction to direction in contrast to the direction unfolds the next step.
First step is to teach dual attention, attention within and to “out there” (see Program on Mindfulness). Information from both body and brain creates the two-way highway of learning. Awareness of how sensations gives a child a clearer understanding of their feelings of the body as well as emotions. The physical sensations become guides in expressing internal perceptions. Children think through sensation but are unaware of this process until attention is directed inward to the sensory body. When they pay attention to sensation they clarify their position and communicate what is getting in the way of learning.
Humans are born with infinite possibilities. These possibilities depend on the dynamics of patterns integrating between the brain, body and heart. We are born like balls of sensation ready to learn yet unable to know how until we get the experience. ___________________________________________________________________________
Be Fully Alive
We don’t get in the way of nature; we fuel nature through awareness. Movement responses are used to understand perception. Expression reveals awareness is already established and what is missing. To center and strengthen character we must work with what is both functional and in awareness with what is dysfunctional and out of awareness. These patterns of motion in awareness explain behavior of the brain and senses to perception. Felt together, awareness of the mind and awareness of the body, they feel fully alive in a way never experienced.