Blog Year’s Eve – My Top 15

  Tomorrow is the 1st anniversary of the start of this blog.  When I began, I wanted a place to talk about this amazing work, to explain some of its principles, and tell client stories.  What it’s become is far more comprehensive, and, as might have been predicted, more holistic.  I’ve enjoyed talking about theContinue reading “Blog Year’s Eve – My Top 15”

[Re-run] “Open your eyes, and be surprised that you have eyes to open.”

My mentor Joan shared this video this morning, and I watched it all the way through until the tears flowed. I recommend the same to each of you.  It is a sublime meditation on gratitude, replete with gorgeous time-lapse photography, some of the most interesting and beautiful faces I’ve ever seen, and the gentle, liltinglyContinue reading “[Re-run] “Open your eyes, and be surprised that you have eyes to open.””

Anything Can Happen

This spring, I’m working on a new choral piece with the Back Bay Chorale, called Anything Can Happen.  The five-movement work is by the young Arab-American composer Mohammed Fairouz, and is based around three poems by Seamus Heaney, and two sections of the Arabic Injeel, the equivalent to the New Testament.  The result is aContinue reading “Anything Can Happen”

“Open your eyes, and be surprised that you have eyes to open.”

My mentor Joan shared this video this morning, and I watched it all the way through until the tears flowed. I recommend the same to each of you.  It is a sublime meditation on gratitude, replete with gorgeous time-lapse photography, some of the most interesting and beautiful faces I’ve ever seen, and the gentle, liltinglyContinue reading ““Open your eyes, and be surprised that you have eyes to open.””

Touch at a distance

Jumping off of Radiolab for the second time this week (as I’ve been listening to it rather obsessively), I’m meditating today on the concepts of sound and touch – both of which are essential to Rubenfeld Synergy Method – and learning that they are more powerfully related than one might think. Ilana Rubenfeld, the founderContinue reading “Touch at a distance”

Holiday ephemera

It’s Christmas Eve, and I thought I’d share a few of the things that make this time of year work for me.  True, these days I’m a practicing Pagan and celebrate Yule, which I did the other night with flame and food and reading and watching most of the night through for the sunrise.  ButContinue reading “Holiday ephemera”

Everything waits to be noticed

We’re almost to the end of our series on the GROUND of RSM.  So far I’ve covered Gentleness, Respect, Openness, and Understanding.  The ‘N’ stands for Noticing, and like all the others, is a foundational aspect of our work in Rubenfeld Synergy Method. Noticing is about more than simple observation, although that is the beginningContinue reading “Everything waits to be noticed”

Fearless, together and free: an afternoon at Double Edge Theatre

Yesterday, I had the distinct pleasure of participating in Double Edge Theatre’s Open Training, out in the wilds of Ashfield, MA.  The Berkshires are lovely this time of year, of course, but what I got to experience was far more than the usual New England leaf-peep.  Rather, I had my body worked, my mind expanded,Continue reading “Fearless, together and free: an afternoon at Double Edge Theatre”

[Re-run] The “spirit” part of Rubenfeld Synergy

“Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer.” ~ Simone Weil I picked up this quotation from David Kanigan’s blog, and have been mulling it over ever since. Rubenfeld Synergy Method’s official, trademarked tagline is, “A dynamic system for the integration of body, mind, emotions and spirit.” Our teachers told us, however, that until our particular training, theContinue reading “[Re-run] The “spirit” part of Rubenfeld Synergy”

How music brings people back to life

My colleague Aita Passmore alerted me to this beautiful video, which shows a nearly completely unresponsive old man in a nursing home coming back to himself when he hears music that he loved as a younger man. Watch through for his crooning rendition of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” Ilana Rubenfeld, the founder of ourContinue reading “How music brings people back to life”