What Can We Set Down?

Dear Reader,

Kate C. Bowler was in town recently and I heard her speak. She told a story about hikers beginning the Appalachian Trail. It’s over 2000 miles. As they set out, their packs are full of great provisions and equipment. At the end of the first day, they’re exhausted, and quickly assess what’s too much to carry. They set down things that seemed essential, but soon looked superfluous.

With humor, compassion and wisdom, Ms. Bowler talked about the reality that life includes pain and difficulties. There is no reaching perfection and we can’t fix all the problems, no matter how hard we try. We can take a look at how much we’re carrying, and ask, “What can we set down?”

I’ve been thinking a lot about what I could let go of—stuff, commitments, attitudes. Somehow, framing the question a little differently, thinking about what to set down, sounds nicer. Simpler, easier. Less like giving up or throwing away, and more like something reasonable, maybe even enjoyable. It feels lighter, easier. I’m not sure why it sounds so much nicer, but I like it. And I surely hope it helps. And I surely hope you find it encouraging as well.

One thing I’m happy to keep on carrying is Feldenkrais classes and private sessions. And felt-making and teaching. Here’s what’s coming up.

Tuesday’s online Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lesson is still Free Pay As You Wish.

Hands-on, in-person Introduction to the Magic of Felt Making will be on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at the Jung Center of Houston.

Carolina mountains with trees in foreground
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