Go Big—But Start Small

Dear Reader,

You’ve heard the expression, “Go big or go home!”, right? Here’s a different idea: Go big, but start small. I often work with people who have an injury or a pain point. Maybe it’s physical; maybe it’s mindset. (Maybe it’s Feldenkrais Method; maybe it’s coaching.) Either way, it’s tempting to think we should push our limits. Pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and get moving.

The problem with this approach is that it’s often in conflict with important internal messages. Something inside us is cautious; some part of ourselves knows that we might not be healed enough yet, or that we risk further injury if we go too far too quickly.

Consciously or subconsciously, we hold ourselves back when we feel that it’s not safe, or when we’ve “reached our limits.” But, if we start small, go where it’s easy, we rebuild our sense of safety. We discover not only what’s possible, but also what’s easy.

When we find the easy way, and explore that a few times, our safety zone expands— sometimes even beyond what we thought we could do by pushing ourselves.

Oddly enough, this small, seemingly slow approach usually gets bigger, better results—and faster.

If you’re curious about this idea, here’s your invitation to experience examples of how it works.

You can work with me individually: Book an Appointment for a free consult—or reply to this email, and we’ll talk about how to get started.

If you’d like to try a group in-person experience, we still have some openings in our Unlocking the Rib Cage: Opening the Heart, a Feldenkrais mini-retreat at the Jung Center of Houston. It’s this Saturday from 12:30 to 4:00 pm.

If you prefer online, we have our weekly Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lesson midday on Tuesdays—and it’s still Free Pay as You Wish.

In November,—which is almost here!—we have a 3 week series of online lessons called Finding Freedom and Comfort in Your Own Body and the series includes a private session. Note that the private session can be Feldenkrais or coaching, in person or online.

Whatever you’re doing, big or small, fast or slow, have all the fun you can.

Venus and Mercury from space
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