Perspectives on Falling

The origin of the word fall comes from Old English."Feallan" means "to fall or die". The Council on Aging has named September Fall Prevention Month and we understand this to be falling down and the consequent risk of injury. 

Yet, if falling is to drop or descend through loss or lack of support and orientation, we also fall in love, fall asleep, fall from grace, fall apart and fall all over ourselves.

What is it about falling that is so central to our experience that it can describe so many of our states? How can the physical mechanics of fall prevention and falling safely inform the emotional and mental ways we fall?

By exploring the physical experiences of balance, support, shift of weight, level change, and the effort in yielding or resisting, we come to understand our capacity for choice in our movement, our thinking and our behavior. We develop confidence in transition: the link between loosing control and finding a new orientation. See more . . .

On Community and Somatic Ecology
How are we to live in the world? How do we trust our experience, express our most sincere, genuine thoughts, live in harmony with views and behaviors that are different from our own? How do we cultivate a life open to possibility and eager to learn? How can we know the sacredness of our lives unfolding in relationship with the world we live in? 

Check here for links, writings and other resources that are directly engaging in these questions.

"It is probable that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community, a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the earth". Thich Nhat Hanh. 

Has Pain Got You Down? Three Things You May Be Doing That Keep You From Getting Better
Whether chronic or episodic, there are multiple ways of approaching pain. Each situation has a myriad of conventional and alternative solutions. Regardless of the treatment path you choose, there are three things you may be doing that keep you from feeling better. Read more. . .