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  • Writer's pictureSunita Asnani

#16 Timestretch

How do we sense time?

Until now, brain researchers have searched in vain for an internal clock that controls our perception of time. New findings now suggest that our body perception plays a central role in this: self-perception and time experience are apparently inseparable. For example, when we focus on our breath and body presence, our experience of the subjective passage of time slows down. In the flow experience, on the other hand, our sense of time is lost. When dancing, much like when intoxicated by drugs, my sense of time obviously changes. I expand the sense of time with the breath and the body. Time morphs, it gathers, it becomes permeable, then it loses itself again....

movement tasks

bring the Animal Moves into standing

my feet planted deep in the ground

legs grounded, supporting

the upper body free to explore fluid expressions

articulate through all joints

without fragmenting or isolating

crawling into the joints

expanding them, moving in a spiral

leaning from the vertical in different directions

expand everything around a central axis

find counter traction, counterbalance

a game between letting go and aligning

when I move a part of my body

the whole body moves with it

like an organism in water

like an octopus


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