Listening To Whispers

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Why Listen


Why Listen To Whispers

There’s an old English saying: “Take care of the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves.” That’s what ‘Listening to Whispers’ is all about — allowing great changes to come about by paying attention to the small steps they begin with. Who doesn’t dream of making changes in their life, whether in performance, comfort, stress or behaviour?

For both human and non-human animals, many small habits determine and underlie everything we do or think. Whether they are of posture and action, attitude or belief, these habits make life easier. But they may not be as useful as we’d like. They may get us where we want to go, but at some cost. In fact, some habits result in pain, anxiety, distress, ineffectiveness and even disease. Recognizing the habitual ways we do things, and becoming aware of other possibilities, can make all the difference. More than that – many of our habitual postures and tensions are linked to emotional states. This makes many of our emotional responses ones of habit rather than being appropriate to the situation. Interesting thought, isn’t it?


Have you ever driven past a turnoff because you weren’t paying attention, or simply driving too fast to see the turn? We may be missing opportunities for changing aspects of our life if we rush through it on autopilot. The opportunities may be there, but unless they shout at us, we don’t hear them above the background noise of our lives. Slowing down and softening our senses allows us to listen to the whispers that may be saying “This is what you are doing” or “How about trying this instead?” 

Do you play music or a sport and wish to be more effective? Or are dealing with pain or dysfunction? Coping with a dog who is afraid of thunder or pulls on the leash, or a horse you consider resistant? For all beings, the process of change begins in the same way – by developing awareness. This is the foundation the Feldenkrais and Tellington TTouch Methods provide.