Thoughts -VS- Muscles

Thoughts and Muscles

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I do believe we will find more truth in the phrase “muscle memory” as time goes by.  I recently read that using MRI technology they have found neurons exactly like the ones in our brain in an area between the inner and outer walls of the stomach. The best guesses are that these neurons are part of another processor like the brain processor doing it’s role in digestion and nutritional balancing.  I will not be surprised to find we have mini-processors throughout our body. 

There have been thousands of times when a movement feels so pure and right that I have to stop and let my thinking mind catch up to what the body has just done. Tango has heightened this event in myself and in watching students learn. Frequently after a success one will have to stop and dialog in order to let the thinking mind catch up to the body mind.

It is necessary and helpful to learn some tango logic with your thinking mind.  Wrapping some of your intellect around the logistics of our bipedal movements frequently allows the body mind to do its works and move uninhibited without traipsing on your dance mates or running into walls. 

Of course we need to learn some stepping sort of vocabulary and master some elements of the physics and musicality of the dance, and of course you are dealing with the balance, connection, traversing 3-dimensional space with grace and elegance that is inherently the body minds area of expertise. But precisely how we go about doing this can mean all the difference to the rate of collusion and integration between the body mind and the thinking mind.

The areas of confusion and complexity lie in that egoic part of us that doesn’t want to relinquish the credit or responsibility to some ethereal part of our self that we don’t credit with being smart i.e. our Body Mind.  This process can be extremely challenging at first for academics – especially those that have managed their bodies as though it were a vehicle whose only task is to carry the thinking mind from point A to point B.

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