Lynne and I are back at it again – learning something new. This fall we are taking static trapeze classes. What is “static trapeze” you ask? It involves moving through poses on a hanging bar, no flying! Some of the poses are similar to those we have done on the trapeze, others are brand new to us. What is different is the timing. We can now move at our own pace, no need for timing precision. You might say, time is on our side, on the static trapeze. What is really fun about learning static is that we have the luxury of experiencing movement at a slower pace, engaging muscles to move more slowly and continuously.
At the static trapeze, we are revisiting some of the elements of learning…
Trust. Trust in the capability of our body, and in ourselves that we won’t fall off the bar onto our head.
Relating to the instrument. Learning different poses requires us to relate to our instrument, the trapeze bar in new ways. It would be easy to hold on by the hands using all our might, but that would not allow us to move the body through flexion and extension.
Self-concept. Our self-concept continues to grow. Yes, we really can do a split, or hold on with one hand and a foot to do the gazelle. Who would have thought?
Observe without judgement. It can be frustrating when the body won’t do what one wants, both on the trapeze and in music-making. Observing without judgement what we are doing allows us to move in the direction of achieving our intention. Yesterday I couldn’t do a “split gazelle,” but I got to see Lynne do it BEAUTIFULLY. I am using this image, along with my kinesthetic imagination, and exercise to help guide my body to do it too!
Stepping into the shoes of the beginning learner again reminds me that learning is a lifelong journey that we can either embrace or dismiss. I find that embracing learning is life’s sweetest reward that permeates every facet of my life.