Sometimes You Just Have To Hang
I need a nap.
Seriously, I need to balance the movement patterns in my body and a drowsy nap during which I drift in and out of sleep would be perfect.
The Four Movement Patterns
- Hang: This is the go with the flow pattern, the hang out and see what is going on approach. Psychologically, hangers look for experiential understanding from within and take in a gestalt impression rather than specific details. To experience the Hang movement pattern, try some smooth and slow movements and follow the impulses of your body.
- Shape: This is the organizer pattern. Hatha yoga postures are classic shaping movements.
- Swing: Swing is about ebb and flow, back and forth, finding balance in movement. Psychologically, swinging is collaborative, taking turns.
- Thrust: The driving pattern: pushing forward, goal oriented. Kicking and throwing are thrusting movements.
Each of us can use all the movement patterns, but we tend to get into body grooves, habitual approaches. The warm-up for almost every InterPlay event uses gentle practices to encourage us to play with all the patterns. These practices enable us to stretch ourselves in a safe, easy environment, and, eventually, to break our habits by choice at times.
Playing with the patterns regularly also helps us attune our body awareness so we can sense when we are out of balance and know what our body needs to get into balance.
A Body Out of Balance
For example, as I am preparing my house for sale now, I am using three of the movement patterns heavily.
- Swing: Collaboration with my husband and my kids is an ongoing process, heightened now by the stress of changing our environment.
- Shape: My husband and I are busy shaping our house, clearing clutter and boxing things up to create the image we want to present to potential buyers. Moving furniture, folding laundry, and putting toys where they belong are all shaping activities.
- Thrust: All of the activity associated with preparing the house for sale is goal-oriented. Forward motion must be maintained.
There is a distinct lack of time for chilling, hanging out, seeing what’s going on, and responding to an impulse in the moment.
As my body craves the opportunity to Hang, I am reminded of The Complete Wisdom of Hangers from Susan Main, Leslie Warren, and Randy Newswanger.
- Being is enough.
- You don’t have to accomplish anything.
- You probably won’t change.
- Let Thrusters have their way.
- Speed in overrated.
- Transformation is overrated.
- Alarm clocks are an evil tool of the Military-Industrial complex.
- A day without a nap is a wasted day.
- You can’t understand easy focus until you’ve tried no focus at all.
- Eat chocolate daily.
- Walk….Stop….Lie down.
I need more Hang in my life. Is there one of these movement patterns that you could play with in your life that might bring you more balance?