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ilona fried

Writer, Feldenkrais trainee, and explorer of internal and external landscapes.
ilona fried has written 303 posts for à la carte spirit by ilona fried

Bringing Passover Consciousness to a Dojo and Finding More Freedom

Perhaps the desire to turn everything inside out and upside down, like religious Jews who remove every last crumb of hametz before Passover, is in my DNA. The impulse still arises even though, as an adult, I have never followed Jewish law impeccably around any holiday. Having wandered from Jewish observance, preferring to focus on essence rather than form, I wasn’t sure … Continue reading

Yevgeny Yevtushenko, 1933-2017

Originally posted on Approaching Learning:
From The Atlantic – Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Don’t worry if you have no answer ready To the last question. Hold out, meditate, listen. Explore. Explore. Travel the world over. Count happiness connatural to the mind More than truth is, and yet No happiness to exist without it. Walk with a cold pride…

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

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