Teaching moving as koan

A koan is like a person raising their arm, gesturing and saying to you: “Look at the lovely moon.” Follow along their arm to the moon. Follow their gesture.

I teach you a way to sit, not for you to sit that way all the time, for doing so all the time would lead to discomfort. I teach you a way to sit for you to do so once each day. This sitting shows you a direction to feel yourself sit. The sitting and your feel will reshape how you sit all the time, and reshape it away from discomfort.

I guide you in ways to sit and stand and gaze and breath and move. They feel good and reshape our ways of moving away from discomfort. We refine and tune and deepen our feel for ourselves. We feel and feel good and vital.

We can discuss the sit, or a koan. But touching and feeling muscles and proprioception just point the direction. The doing, doing the sit each day reshapes away from discomfort, not any understanding of it.

So too everything I teach. I write about what I teach to show where to listen. I write pages for students to remind rather than instrust. I write about a pose to gesture toward the direction to listen to yourself doing the pose.

black modern dining chair without arms on white background

Don’t look at the sit, or a pose. They are gestures. They show a direction. Listen to yourself toward that direction.