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On Day 1, Paul will present the fundamentals of the Being in Movement approach he developed. A variety of exercices in pairs, triads or large group will provide an opportunity to experiment with
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A laboratory of soma7c experiences, based on situa7ons from your experience
Paul Linden is one of the worlds pioneers of body awareness educa7on and soma7c intelligence and the
founder ot the integral development method Being In Movement. A 6th degree black belt in akido and a Feldenkrais instructor, Paul authored a number of books in adult development through movement. Pragma7c and humorous, Paul has a talent for developing live experimental protocols that are simple and tailor-made, to allow par7cipants to test the eciency of their current ways of being and ac7ng, and to recongure them in a smarter, i.e. more impac9ul and less energy-consuming way.
WORK FORMATS PROPOSED IN THIS WORKSHOP
42 Embodied Peacemaking
POWERLESSNESS TOO 4.3
Working in a group of three, the two people working with you will act the
role of attackers. To attack, one person should place her hand on your shoulder
and thenwithout impact or great
forcepush you. It does not mean
hitting or striking your body! Then
the other person can do the same.
Have the attackers keep up a steady
barrage of pushes.
Dont resist the shoves, but in-
stead let yourself be pushed around.
As you are pushed, let yourself feel
what it is like to be out of control of
what happens to you. Let yourself
feel helpless and powerless.
What do you notice? Some
people will become passive and fear-
ful. Some people will respond with
feelings of anger and aggression.
Powerlessness is a state of smallness in the body, whether tensed or collapsed.
Speaking in body terms, how would we define power? The opposite of the contrac-
tion or collapse of powerlessness is expansiveness, softness, and equanimity. Power
is an antidote for the feelings of powerlessness, fear, and anger. How can we gener-
ate power? The next three exercises will focus on that.
CHEST PUSH 4.4
Are you a pushover? What is your immediate response when I ask that ques-
tion? Do you get limp and feel Yes. Or do you get rigid and feel NO!
Lets try an experiment in resisting and not resisting. Your partners job will
be to push on your chest, and your job will be to maintain your sitting posture and
not be pushed over backward. Women can have their partners push on their shoul-
Sit toward the front of a flat, neutral chair, without leaning back against the
backrest. First, sit up straight, like a model of social correctness. Suck in your
gut and throw back your shoulders. Have your partner push on you with a steady
pressure but not with extreme force. In this sitting posture, can you resist the pres-
sure? Unless you are massive and strong, probably not.
Now, slump down, and then come up to a good sitting posture by rolling
your pelvis forward in the proper way, as described in exercise 3.4. (By the way,
the psoas and iliacus muscles have very little sensation. You wont feel them when
the benets of this method, to iden7fy their daily applica7ons at the workplace, and to work on challenging worklife situa7ons that maRer for you. On Day 2, we will work more in depth on situa7ons involving higher levels of stress or complexity. Please bring with you current situa7ons you would like to work on!
To discover more about Pauls work, you can pay a visit to his website: hRp://www.being-in-movement.com or check the following video (sample exercises): hRps://vimeo.com/107377664.
Chapter 11: Yielding 101
ADVANCE TO THE REAR 11.5
This exercise is an extension of 11.3, but will include the added difficulty of
dealing with movement. For the exercise, you will need a room with clear space to
move in. Stand in a T-stance, with your left foot forward, and the back foot behind
and turned outward a bit. Have your partner stand in the same stance about four
feet (one hundred and twenty centimeters) away. That is, you have your left foot
forward, and she should stand in front of you with her left foot forward too.
Have your partner take one step forward with her right foot and push on your
left shoulder with her right hand. The push should be firm and contactful but not
hard and impactful. The push should be slow and continuous, not fast or abrupt.
Your job is to join the push. Match its direction, speed, trajectory and
rhythm. Simply float along in front of it, like a leaf on a wave in the water. There is
a particular movement which will help in this. As your partner pushes on your left
shoulder, step backward with your left foot, in a circular movement which swings
your shoulder off the direct line of the thrust. As you step back, let your right foot,
which now becomes the front foot, swivel a bit to face straight ahead.
Go along with the power of the push just a moment before it actually impacts
you. You could think of this moment as the instant when your partner touches your
skin and the instant just before the pressure begins to push on your skin. If you do
this, you will take all the power out of the thrust. It will not actually deliver any
force to your body.
Note that going along with the thrust of the movement is not a passive action.
You have to be very active, both in perception and movement, to match your part-
ner's attack. In order to do this, you must move from center, with your body open
and aligned well.
Chapter 5: Love 57
In this exercise, rather than hurling tissues, your partner will yell insults at
you. Being on the receiving end of a loud yell can be very stressful, and that will
give you the opportunity to use the Soft Belly Breathing, Smiling Heart, Soft Face,
and Soft Eyes techniques to preserve your equanimity.
Remember to calibrate the at-
tack. You have the right and the ob-
ligation to decide for yourself what
level of attack would be difficult
enough for you to derive benefit
from the practice but not so difficult
that you would not be able to suc-
When I work with children, I
usually lean in close and yell, YOU
HAVE TOO MANY NOSES!!!
Most kids will giggle at the stupidity
of the attack, but at the same time
they will respond with some fear to
the loud voice on the part of an
adult. By using this silly attack, I
get to attack while at the same instant showing that this is really not an attack at all.
You could have your partner loudly yell things like slimeball or jerk. Or
you could have her yell a bit more quietly and choose less irritating things. At this
stage in the lessons, you should probably stay away from truly hurtful things to
What did you do when your partner yelled at you? Could you remember to
soften your body and open your heart? Was that easy, or did it take effort?
TOWEL CHOPPING 5.9
This exercise will be a further step in the use of the hip joints as a source of
Stand in front of and facing a table, couch, or chair, with your feet side by
side and about shoulder width apart. Press your fingertips into your hip joints and
with a rapid movement thrust your tailbone back while bendi