Learning to Feel

Cami and me exploring sensation through our feet! Cami and me exploring sensation through our feet!

We all do no end of feeling, and we mistake it for thinking. –Mark Twain

It is a rare day, indeed, that I disagree with my idol Mark Twain.  And while I know he is referring to feeling in a different context than what we perceive and sense in the world around us,  I’m not sure we stop and feel enough.  And it may just be our ability to feel that keeps us thinking.

It may surprise you to learn that one of my favorite birthday presents this year was a box of rocks. My partner-in-movement, Cate Vallone, from Evolution Pilates and her daughter painted a bunch of small rocks for me.  They painted bees, strawberries, little hearts, random colors   It was utterly unexpected which made it grand.

The goal is to stand, walk across and just exist in different positions on the rocks to enhance proprioception—the art of feeling.  Cate knows I’m not a great feeler.  It’s been a running joke between us.  I’ll happily foam roll or run half marathons.  She thinks those activities are painful […]