I have always considered myself a pretty straightforward person in relation to my academics. I do not think I have ever been in a classroom where I am forced to get out of my comfort zone and try to understand or even use my body in different ways. At first, I think I used the movement time as a period to relax and let my mind wander. Towards the third week, I began to notice how constrained by body actually is during the day. My body can move in many interesting ways, but I have found that I rarely use my body to its full potential. When I got into a new position, I realized that it was not actually a new position at all but instead something that I have been taught or done before. I felt like I no longer had any control over my body. With this realization, I recognized that my mind is the same way. Everyday I sit in a classroom and retain lecture information while furiously scribbling down notes. I have not taken a moment to stop and think about the structure of the class. Is it actually beneficial to have a professor talk at me for an hour or would I get more from a conversation about the subject? I do not know if I have an answer to that question, but after the movement workshops I have allowed myself to question the typical schedules that I am finding myself trapped in.
- Prompt 2