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A Manner of Speaking May/Jun '07

by Bonnie Neugebauer
May/June 2007
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He spins slowly, quietly, carefully, arms outstretched, a look of contentment on his face. You can see him experiencing the spin, thinking about it, asking questions in his mind and answering them with his body. Now and again he looks down at the brass disc embedded in the center of the floor, then continues the movement that is his response to its discovery. Adults, guests at a wedding, have given him center stage. Their dancing happens on the fringes of the light. Unaffected by either their presence or their gift of space, Max remains in the middle of the room, centered.

What must it have felt like to be Max in that moment " to experience the movement of his body, the air passing over his skin " to create a movement from discovery? Beautiful.

Could I have such a moment? Could I concentrate so hard that edges and others would disappear and I would be alone in the center of a movement? It’s difficult for me to imagine such focus.

We are taught as caregivers in our various life roles to be intensely aware of others, so we tend to lose balance and the ability to be truly centered in ...

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