Body Language: E
An Excursion Through the Alphabet in Somatic Terms
“Breath…is internal music, and the body is a resonating chamber for it. To breathe with an aesthetic appreciation for the power of the breath is to be born again each moment to the seeds of possibility within us.”
In this issue’s Body Language column, Thomas Myers begins the exploration of the letter E, in a two-part series. Myers discusses the relationship between the origins of the letter E, the exhalation of breath and Emilie Conrad’s Continuum Movement. The original, pre-Semitic sound for E is heh, “with a meaning exactly like its sound: the exhaling breath,” writes Myers. He continues with describing the pictogram of the Egyptian hieroglyph of heh as a “person at prayer.” Myers connects the sound and meaning of heh into the idea “that each breath should be a prayer.” This concept of “breath-as-prayer,” as Myers states, is a principle element in Conrad’s Continuum Movement. Myers describes his own personal experience of Conrad’s movement workshops, and offers the healing story of a woman with a spinal-cord injury who went from wheelchair-bound to walking with braces and who now teaches her own Continuum Movement workshops.
|Read Part Two
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