Learn, learn, learn….
It’s a noble process that feeds our soul and ego.
Learn a new skill to improve yourself, learn French, or add a checkmark to a long delayed To Do list.
But what if unlearning makes learning so much more efficient?
When I started my training in un-learning, I had no idea how challenging it would be – days of confusion, and wanting that old model of ‘you do this and then this happens’, period. As a dancer I had to execute, practice, learn new choreography, and acquire better technique. It served me well, until my body started to complain.
But I soon discovered that unlearning habits that are creating impediments is truly the organic method of moving forward with ease. The world opened up in a way that I did not anticipate.
As I went to my AT training each day, the only requirement was to bring my curiosity. No conclusions, no remembering, no testing myself or getting anxious about not having accomplished enough. Does that sound luxurious to you? I came to love this process and I began to see real results. Yes, my friend, unlearning creates results.
Here’s one example: In a recent lesson, we discussed the smooth frame – each partner reducing the habit of compressing to maintain the hold – replacing it with thinking expansion through the shoulder girdle and widening in the whole torso. It’s going well. This all by thinking – try it!
I continue to work with my students in this way…….identifying ingrained habits and selecting new thinking to replace them.
Here’s another more pedestrian example: Using your cell phone – compressing your neck to look down at your phone and tightening in your hip joints. Wow – this does sound familiar. And, we’ve been visually conditioned to see this collective habit as RIGHT. But hey, what if we just changed our way of using our phones by NOT compressing.
Then, that would seem RIGHT. Right? I will definitely go out on a limb and say that right is also respectful of how we are designed.
If you suffer from physical discomfort both in and out of the ballroom, I can teach you how to care for yourself for the rest of your life!
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