Reflecting on non-fragmented relational holistic methods and a way of living that requires multiple attachments. These associations entail commitments, at a basic level, deadlines, products, and outcomes.What runs through all of the points of attachment in a day, in a project? My body, mind, breath.

When referring to teaching a physical dance/theatre warm-up that is so familiar that I “don’t have to think,” I realize that something is out of balance. Where is my mind in this warm-up?  Is there a way to bring mind and body into the warm-up for students such that they reach beyond the mechanics of their bodies in space and into an awareness of their thinking bodies. Bring their attention to how their mind supports, inhibits, contributes to choices they make on a physical level. So, how do I integrate and teach a mindful body practice that carries the effects of being present into the rest of my day and into the lives of my students as well? How can I make this a practice that works for all of us? I want to create a container that encourages them to be specific, fully explore concepts, discover new ways of moving with their minds and bodies engaged? Develop attention and action…without being too directive. Take them on a warm-up journey that awakens, brings into consciousness how they are in their bodies and minds in the present moment rather than consciousness as an abstraction disconnected from a moving body. Or, worse yet, bypassing the affective states of mind/body connections and drilling the body into codified patterns and shapes meant to give them the tools for accessing body awareness in other contexts. Does it give them anything of the sort? Training the mind and the body to be open, aware, and ready to move in any direction. “Taking root to fly,” as Irene Dowd would  describe it in her book on functional anatomy and movement. Also reading an acrobat of the heart, moving through Jerzy Grotowski inspired movement explorations, focussing on (re)turning the actor to being a vulnerable, open, ready, full bodied performer…

Can fragments create a whole? Or does it work better if I hold the idea/feeling of a whole in my body/mind and integrate the parts (of a day, project,thought process…)? I imagine, hold in my body, the feeling/idea of being supported in this journey of exploration that I lead and am led upon. The container/nest…requires time for integration and transition. Those are the things that are missing in the practice. Allowing the mind/body to acknowledge states of being.