Sunday, March 25, 2018, 1:30-4:30pm, $50
Fear of Falling
Did you know that human beings have one of the smallest base-to-height ratios in the animal kingdom? To balance on a base that is often smaller than one square foot, is a great engineering feat! It’s a good thing our bodies are built this way. Most animals stand and walk on four feet, which provides solid balance. Once children learn to stand and walk, they almost never go back to crawling on hands and knees as a mode of operation.
One thought in human evolution is that when we lived in trees, we were at risk for falling all the time, from babyhood on up. Think of the old lullaby:
Rock a bye baby in the treetops.
When the wind blows the cradle will rock.
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall, and
Down will come baby, cradle and all!
Today it’s a different story. Being ready to or knowing how to fall is not something that we do instinctively. We assume cuts and scrapes and bumps and bruises are part of the deal as we grow up. But do we ever really learn how to live without fear of falling? Our posture often reflects how well we have learned, retained or recovered the ability to balance on two feet without fear.
As adults our posture reflects the sum of our experiences. We end up in some sort of half-ready, half-unsteady posture that we see today in many adults: head forward and down, shoulders hunched, lower back stiffly over or under arched. Most people use their arms and hands to steady themselves instead of relying on the more mechanically sound legs and feet.
Our brains generalize the inefficient learning to our mental outlook and emotional attitude. We guard even more against other kinds of falling or “failing.” From our head being oriented down, we no longer engage our present circumstance accurately. Instead we rely on our past experience and don’t trust ourselves to try new approaches. Even our ability to “fall in love” suffers!
Knowing where we are in space is key to overcoming the fear of falling. Once we somatically understand how to fall, we no longer need to be constantly in a half falling posture. We can stand erect, ready to engage our life as it exists today.
Come to this workshop to begin to change your every day posture. It may even change your life!