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ilona fried

Writer, Feldenkrais trainee, and explorer of internal and external landscapes.
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How Do You Know You’re on the Right Track?

Life can be discombobulating if not frustrating for those of us who crave a degree of certainty and predictability yet who also want to embrace the mystery of existence, be open to surprises or connect with the divine. At what point does too much certainty, predictability and routine crowd out mystery and preclude the possibility of transcendence? Can … Continue reading

In Pursuit of Dreams: How the Feldenkrais Method Cultivates Resilience and Maturity

Originally posted on Embodied Clarity Blog:
I’ve been thinking a lot about resilience these days as I prepare to teach a class with my Feldenkrais and coaching colleague Cliff Smyth on Embodied Resilience. Last weekend, I accompanied a friend while she was at a conference for adolescent health.  She was totally inspired by the idea…

Finding Inspiration in a Locker Room Talk

When I seek inspiration, I head into nature. Among indoor venues, a locker room wouldn’t even be on my radar. Last week, as I quickly stored my belongings at a health club I recently joined, I noticed someone to my right who, even though barely dressed, looked familiar. I tried to stealthily glance over without staring. Rather … Continue reading

Attention is Love. Where is Yours Today?

Some people will celebrate today with flowers, chocolates, red and pink candies, heart shaped cakes, cards, gifts and/or romantic dinners. Festivity is fun, yet if one were to strip away the veneer of romance one would discover that to love another is, simply, to give one’s attention to them. Yet, offering our attention and being present with another human being … Continue reading

What to Do When the World is in Chaos? Get Present

The flurry of news, executive orders and meetings in Trump’s first week in the Oval Office has been breathtaking, the potential consequences overwhelming and, for me, heartbreaking. Some scholars and analysts have referred to the immigration ban as a “shock event”, designed to destabilize people and distract them from a more subtle, but possibly more dangerous maneuver. … Continue reading

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