My friend who worked in tech and then retired, is now teaching swimming to little people.  She works with six month olds and their parents, and gives private lessons to children up to five years old.

Yesterday she was sharing the process and experiences, the different responses of children.  Some love it; some cry, some say no to everything proposed, and some point out they already know the “right” way to do it.  

What I’m entranced with is the process.  With the six month olds, the baby is held by the parent and simply bobbed up and down, in the air, then, tippy-toed in a warm pool, up and down and then a little more.  Before total immersion, water is poured over the head. Depending on the response, the child may be dipped more or less.

I’m with how we learn, how we come in contact with a new experience, and how this new experience might “extend our consciousness”.

Okay, so that thought comes from my teacher of Sensory Awareness, Charlotte Selver.  In the book Waking Up by William Littlewood and Mary Alice Roche, Charlotte is quoted.

“What I want to say at the end is: you have all kinds of activities which are constantly happening.You eat, you lift your food to your mouth, and come down,you comb your hair, you brush your teeth, you do anything which belongs to daily living, and in all this you can practice. You can become more aware of when you are really allowing free contact with something or someone, and when you are constricting yourself and forcing something. I wonder who likes this extension of consciousness?”

Extension of consciousness – my intention is to notice, and with that, celebrate how easily a wall, or walls, might simply slip away.

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  1. Steve and I were in East Berlin in 1985. We went through the checkpoint, saw goats eating the grass, and were given a carefully orchestrated tour. The song Ghostbusters blasted from a radio in possibly the only cafe. Buildings were still devastated from the war, but we loved the Pergamon Museum and the Soviet War Memorial at Treptower Park designed to create empathy for all that is lost in war.


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