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Learning around in Circles

"... they stay the same year after year because we are different year after year."

Michael Silhavy, Senior Project Editor at GIA Publications, wrote this about the cycle of Lectionary readings in the Catholic church. There is a repeating three-year cycle of scripture readings, so every three years we hear the same thing.


This is also the truth I proclaim when teaching Body Mapping. The Body Mapping curriculum stays the same, but because we change, we have a different perspective each time we encounter it.


Let's say you start your mapping journey by clarifying the map of your spine. Mapping the spine - size, structure and function - may lead to an awareness of holding at the AO joint. Mapping the AO joint and finding release there often signals attention needed at the hip joints. Remapping the hip joints helps find release and better whole-body balance.


This may take weeks, months or years. The timing doesn't matter. What matters is that you evolve, grow and become a better mover and musician through the process. You are changed.


Now it's time to circle back and revisit the map of your spine. How does your knowledge of the AO joint and hip joint help you embody the knowledge of the length of the entire spine? Does including the entire spine in context with AO joint and hip joints help you find more mobility and more responsiveness in your entire body?


Body Mapping is a spiral curriculum. It is essential to review the same information and see it from your changed point of view. This is why Body Mapping students are encouraged to read the texts over and over again. We are always changing, so there is always something new to learn.


I wish you great satisfaction and reward as you learn around in circles.


"We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." T.S. Eliot



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