Monthly Archives: February 2015

Tools of the Mind

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The ‘transitional space’ of imaginary play

I’m still working off Graham Music’s book Nurturing Natures. Music writes: “The psychoanalyst Winnicott argued that what he called the ‘transitional space’ of imaginary play is the basis for all cultural activity, and he stated that ‘Cultural experience begins with … Continue reading

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Play – Music

“Feeling secure and at ease allows the possibility of play, and play itself can facilitate development.” ~ Graham Music (p.125) Explaining the concept of play as it relates to our (current) understanding of child development, Graham Music writes: “Play is … Continue reading

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Observing the unborn baby

There is this brilliant book I pick up from time to time and read with great interest (Nurturing Natures: Attachment and Children’s Emotional Sociocultural and Brain Development, by Graham Music). I was going to read about mirror neurons and got … Continue reading

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Do we educate to narrow or expand the life process?

“There comes a point where our education as it developed does not help us, but very often limits and directs us into channels which are not conducive to health. We become so unhealthy that we have to retire before we … Continue reading

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What comes first – the motor pattern or the feeling?

Again, and still working with Moshe Feldenkrais’s ideas, this is such an interesting stance on learning… Feldenkrais once wrote: “It takes us longer to think the numbers from twenty to thirty than from one to ten, although the numerical intervals … Continue reading

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what language wires in to us

Another very interesting interview with Moshe Feldenkrais: “When the brain comes into the world, it is fit to do only what any animal brain can do: it attends to breathing, to digestion, to the automatic processes of the body. Beyond … Continue reading

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Talent is not an inborn thing

“Talent is a word that grown-up people have found to describe a quality once it’s there and everyone knows that it’s there. Therefore, talent is not an inborn thing.” ~ Moshe Feldenkrais (p.122) I loved reading this interview! Here are … Continue reading

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The Grain Divide

super interesting!!!

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earlier theories of play

Again, still working with some historic publications… Brian Sutton-Smith once gave an overview of the history of play theories. To quote some of the bits I found interesting, he wrote: “The earlier nineteenth-century theories of play – those of surplus … Continue reading

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