BodyListening has been called a body-friendly way to explore free movement. The structure follows the developmental logic of theway the body wants to move, rather than the way the mind wants the body to move. The process begins on the floor, exploring the relationship with gravity, attuning to a quiet deep awareness while being held by and safety of the floor. Moving from the body’s felt-sense, habitual patterns unwind and new pathways open. This practice often creates a free-flowing feeling of continuity.
The session can progress to standing and moving while maintaining connection with inner awareness. In the last phase of BodyListening, full body movements through space can be explored,which can bring in the connection to other people.Moving inside of one’s own pace and felt sense is one of the gifts o the BodyListening practice.
I was so glad to see you again, and so glad to do your work. I had a wonderful week. It has had lasting effects. During one of the floor work sessions I suddenly found myself connected to myself at around 10 years old. I have always hated myself at that age, felt like I was an ugly freak of nature, but during that session I felt only compassion for that child. It was very moving and it has lasted. —Anonymous, seminar participant
BodyListening requires no special training or equipment. It doesn’t ask you to abandon the body you have for some one else’s idea of how you should look. BodyListening is an invitation to inhabit the body you live in, and discover what unfolds from this awareness. It can be done by everyone, regardless of level of health or movement experience.