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What Students Have to Say about Grace of Sense

Student Voices A Composite of Impressions by students who partook in A Grace of Sense – Part I "Bruce’s honest, affectionate regard for his students promotes learning. He has a...

About Bruce Fertman

In Bruce’s class you feel as if you are sitting by a deep, soft lake. His pace and patience, his quiet confidence allows people to unfold and open layer by layer. The superfluous...

Questions? I am Always Here!

I am always here. As a teacher, it helps me very much to learn something about you, about your life, your aspirations, your issues, your longings, what you really want to learn,...

GERMANY – Quintessence – A Documentary On The Alexander Alliance Germany

Existence is co-existence. Being part of a caring, intelligent community-school that provides a safe place, a place conducive not only to learning, but to the slower process of...

Why It Is Good to Receive Our Newsletter

For the past 40 years, I have been part of a loving community-school called the Alexander Alliance. Finding your field of study and finding your teachers are critical. But having...
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Grace of Sense Community Blog

For the past 10 years, I have been writing about the overlap between movement and meaning, between body and being, between sensory life and spiritual life, and between culture and coordination. Being a photographer, I also express my ideas via images. They are another way into my world. My blog is also a place to go to find out about upcoming events.

Built Upon a Poetic Impulse

Built Upon a Poetic Impulse

    A Japanese Teahouse does not need to be a Japanese Teahouse to be a Japanese Teahouse. Let me explain by way of Kakuzo Okakura, author of the classic work, The Book of Tea. Originally, the Sukiya, the tea-room, was not in its own Teahouse. It was simply...

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A Free Class – Walking as a Way of Life

A Free Class – Walking as a Way of Life

I am inviting you to attend for free my Walking as a Way of Life class on September 29th. I will teach you practical ways of thinking that will create a positive shift in how you walk. I will approach walking from multiple perspectives: physically, mentally,...

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Summer Gatherings in New Mexico 2024

Summer Gatherings in New Mexico 2024

  WALKING AS A WAY OF LIFE Summer/Fall Gatherings in the Walking Way Four 9-Day Gatherings June 14-22 Aug 23-August 31 Sept 20-28 Oct 18-26 2024  Schedule Here’s the plan. Classes will begin on the morning of the first day. The day before, we will pick you up at...

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What Makes Me a “Physiologian”?

What Makes Me a “Physiologian”?

My work never has and still does not fit into any of the conventional fields of study one finds in higher education. I don't feel like a physical education teacher, nor a psychologist, nor a philosopher, nor a theologian. I feel like I am either all of these or none...

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The Tearoom is Everywhere

The Tearoom is Everywhere

In memory of Brother Joe Keenan who taught me how to fold a fukusa. A man in my neighborhood, who knew I taught bi-annually in Japan, invited me to be his guest. He told me he was studying Chanoyu, Japanese Tea Ceremony, at LaSalle University. I had seen this in...

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On a Trail of Beauty, Lively, May I Walk

On a Trail of Beauty, Lively, May I Walk

On a Trail of Beauty Look into the photo above these words and in the distance you will see a road. For hours I walked, everyday, for one week, upon that road. I saw no one. Not a soul. This road leads to the Valley of the Gods inside Navajo Country. Now, I am not...

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Good to Know

Good to Know

Often, I have told my students that we can change the body more through the heart than we can through the mind. But only now am I attempting to work out a methodology for profoundly changing the body through the workings of the heart. In Grace of Sense Continues to...

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Life Line

Life Line

A philosophy professor at Hampshire College studied with me each year for several years. That was 35 years ago. Annually, I was invited to Hamphire College to teach the Alexander Technique for the Five College Dance Department. One day after class, she came up to me...

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Rushing Waters

Rushing Waters

It seems logical to assume that time moves from the past into the present and then forward into the future. But what if it is not time but we who move from the past to the present and then into the future. Perhaps time itself does not move in the same way we do. I see...

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What Grace of Sense is Really About

What Grace of Sense is Really About

When Covid struck, I decided to travel inwards. I wrote two books, as yet unpublished. One is entitled, In Good Company - The End of Living Alone, the other, Robes of the Desert - What It Means to Live a Non-Egocentric Life. Not knowing if anyone would resonate with...

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Resonance

Resonance

  Hartmut Rosa is a sociologist and author of a very big and good book entitled, Resonance. He also wrote a book entitled, Acceleration. Acceleration he sees as one of the major problems of our time, and Resonance he sees as the solution. The more I read Rosa,...

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The Narrow Road

The Narrow Road

Here in Japan, the cherry blossoms appear, and with their arrival it is impossible not to think about the transience of one's own life. Now that I am old, I find myself turning to "old age art", art composed by people as they neared their end, Matisse's strong, joyful...

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The Tale of Three Tails – Part I

The Tale of Three Tails – Part I

THE TALE OF THE THREE TAILS The Relational Body Nothing exists in isolation, at least not from what I can see when I look around me. Look around. Isn’t everything in relation to something else? Aren’t the stars in relation, one to the other? Isn’t that how we figure...

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The Thread

The Thread

There’s a thread you follow. It goes among There’s a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what you are pursuing. You have to explain to them about the thread. But it is hard for others to see. While you hold...

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The Sensuous and the Sacred

The Sensuous and the Sacred

One day years ago, wondering around Rome I happened upon a small church. There she lay. Immediately, though knowing nothing about her, I felt I knew her. I gazed at her, I do not know for how long. Suddenly, I remembered I had my camera. I began to photograph her from...

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Turning the World Inside Out

Turning the World Inside Out

“I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” John Muir One day, I too came to this same realization. Because of where I live in New Mexico, the world around me is hard not to notice. In...

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From The Same Immaterial Fabric

From The Same Immaterial Fabric

  A student asks, “What is this inner body of which you so often speak?”   The inner body is neither physical nor metaphysical. Not of the body and not beyond the body. The inner body lives within the body, It is the body within the body.   The inner...

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Still Life

Still Life

Pare it down and you’ve got two things left: ground and space. Ground is any object in the universe that has mass. Any object that has mass exerts a gravitational pull, or force, on every other mass. As far as gravity is concerned, humans are objects right along with...

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Without Apology

Without Apology

Babies don’t interfere with themselves. Babies don’t judge, correct, or evaluate themselves. They can’t make a mistake because they don’t know what it means to make a mistake. Babies can’t fail because they don’t know what it means to fail. Babies are moved to move....

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My Letter Of Resignation

My Letter Of Resignation

At the ripe age of 64, I hereby announce my retirement. Below, you will find my letter of resignation. June 15, 2015 To Whom It May Concern, I have quit. I’ve quit being overly ambitious. What I have is exactly what I want. And what I want is exactly what I have. And...

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Your True Face

Your True Face

Ninety percent of the time I work with people with their eyes open. I want them to see the world, and be in the world. At the same time, when people first experience deep kinesthetic lightness, often their eyelids close naturally, as if they were holding a flower...

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The Culmination Of Character

The Culmination Of Character

According to Aristotle, the psyche, (meaning soul, breath, animating spirit, mind), is the form of the body, in that it forms the body, is the origin of its movements, and is the body’s final aim and purpose. The psyche sculpts the body, yet is itself without body,...

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Meditations On The Sensory World

Meditations On The Sensory World

There are three senses most of us know little about.  They’re rarely acknowledged or consciously cultivated. They’re vital to us and we could not live without them. They’re senses that tell us more about ourselves than about the world. We learn hardly anything about...

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Not This And Not That – A Kinesthetic Koan

Not This And Not That – A Kinesthetic Koan

Take habits. Little habits, like cracking one's knuckles, or burping, or sighing, or saying um in between sentences. Or bigger habits, like getting angry, or gossiping. What would happen if we didn't suppress the urge to do something, and we didn't relieve the urge by...

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The Great Undoing

The Great Undoing

Unafraid, unashamed, unaffected. Unassuming, unarmed, unanalyzable. Unbound, unblocked, unbraced. Unburdened, unbridled, unbiased. Unchained, uncorked, unclenched. Unclassified, unconventional, unconditional. Uncovered. Uncertain. Undisguised, undistinguished, undone....

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Prayer

Prayer

It's happening. I am with my grown, thirty-five year old daughter in Korea, in Japan, visiting temples and shrines, lighting incense, hitting gongs and ringing bells, bringing our palms together, bowing in unison, saying thanks, making wishes. Finally, there I am...

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Visceral Love

Visceral Love

Gravity. George Clooney was still Up In The Air, but this time he was way, way up in the air, and dressed in a space costume. Saundra Bullock was good, for sure. But it doesn’t matter at all because this film is not about any particular person. This film is not even...

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One Small Gesture Of Kindness

One Small Gesture Of Kindness

A mother, 70, has a son with cerebral palsy.  He is now 40 years old.  The mother is small and the son is not.  For years the mother has lifted her son from his wheelchair to the toilet, and back again.  I ask her to show me how she lifts her son up. The mother moves...

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Down Here In A Place Just Right

Down Here In A Place Just Right

They say mathematicians and astrophysicists peak early. War heroes too and ballet dancers. You don’t know when it will happen or what will happen when it does. Over the hill, a has been, burning bright and then burnt out. Forsaken. Forgotten. I’m wondering about these...

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Finding Your Peaceful Body

Finding Your Peaceful Body

  Watch... Anchan, as a videographer, catches the beauty in one person after another just as they are returning to their peaceful body. If you are a person for whom self-kindness does not come easily, and that is true for so many of us, then I think, by watching...

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Without Thought or Calculation

Without Thought or Calculation

“A welcome breeze suddenly caresses his back. A summer rain. Gradually, his movements are freed from the shackles of his will, and he goes into a light trance which gives his gestures the perfection of conscious, automatic motion, without thought or calculation, and...

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A Real Softy

A Real Softy

If the bed is hard, and our body rigid, the bed will feel hard. If the bed is hard, and our body is soft, the bed will feel soft. For something to feel hard it must come against something hard. When life feels hard and we react by becoming hard, life feels hard. When...

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Without Our Having to Ask

Without Our Having to Ask

WITHOUT OUR HAVING TO ASK I see at last that if I don’t breathe, I breathe.13 F. M. Alexander A student wants to know the right way to breathe. I praise him for asking such an important question. Here was my answer. That’s a good question. Once Erika Whittaker* was...

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On Teaching

On Teaching

Beauty Longing For Itself Many teachers teach what they know. Teachers of the Way, Teach what they do not know, and need to understand. Some teachers think highly of themselves. Teachers of the Way, Think highly of their students. Many teachers teach to their...

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Sauntering

Sauntering

Do you know the origin of the word 'saunter?' It's a beautiful word. Away back in the Middle Ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the villages through which they passed asked where they were going, they would reply, "A la sainte...

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