L’amore non vive di parole, né può essere spiegato a parole, Madre Teresa di Calcutta, una donna di tenerezza, di con-tatto e il metodo Feldenkrais

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L’amore più profondo ha una dimensione tattile

Nella presentazione del mio blog, ho sottolineato che "una nuova coscienza dell'unità della persona umana nella sua corporeità e nella sua spiritualità" fa diventare urgente ovunque la ricerca di una terapia attenta alla globalità della persona", secondo quanto scritto da San Paolo: "Non spegnete lo Spirito, non disprezzate le profezie. Vagliate ogni cosa e tenete ciò che è buono" (1Ts 5,19-21).

“Risulta interessante il nesso tra la Medicina e la vita di Madre Teresa. Direi che anche questa realtà ci introduce bene sul mistero che ha avvolto la sua vita, un mistero che ci ricorda come l'uomo per essere guarito ha bisogno di una visione integrale del suo essere. Madre Teresa a pieno titolo può essere considerata un "medico" perché ha mirabilmente offerto un'interpretazione metafisica dell'humanum dove l'elemento essenziale è la relazione”. - Robert Cheaib

Madre Teresa ed il metodo Feldenkrais

Quando negli anni ottanta studiavo a Londra il Metodo Feldenkrais, uno dei miei insegnanti, con la moglie, stava collaborando ad un progetto di Madre Teresa in uno dei suoi orfanotrofi in India. Per comprendere la portata del lavoro corporeo, di relazione e dell’importanza del contatto, scrivo solo un esempio delle cose che Russell e Linda mi raccontarono, per il resto potete leggere la loro testimonianza. Una delle cose che insegnarono alle suore e a chi aiutava era che quei bambini che stavano sempre nei lettini, avevano il loro corpo tutto ruotato da una parte, e questo era dovuto al fatto che l’unica relazione umana che avevano era al momento del pasto e le suore lo portavano sempre dallo stesso lato. Iniziarono quindi a cambiare ogni volta il lato dal quale imboccarli.

Being with Mother Teresa (testimonianza di Russell Delman)

Traduzione simultanea approssimativa in audio per chi non comprende l'Inglese: 🎤 MP3: Russel Delman, Essere con Madre Teresa- Being with Mother Teresa  / M4a: Russel Delman, Essere con Madre Teresa- Being with Mother Teresa  Russell Delman January 2014

Thirty years ago, on Feb 1, 1984, my wife Linda and I began the extraordinary adventure of working with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta. We created the Feldenkrais-India Project in which we would work seven days a week with brain injured children at Shishu Bhavan, their main center for parentless infants. Many of these little children were newborns left on the street or late term abortions that were rescued by the Sisters.

Our main supporter at Shishu Bahavn, Sister Barbara along two other Sisters were so excited to learn our methods for helping the older children, 2-5 years, to move more independently. Each day we would teach them along with the children. In addition to some basic hands-on methodologies, we were able to institute some simple yet transformative practices that are still in use at the center.

For example, we explained to the Sisters that the children needed time on the floor to have the opportunity to move. We noticed that 24 hours a day, 7 days a week these brain-injured children remained in their cribs. It is tragic yet true that while the floor is both the playground and the learning laboratory for all children, those that need it the most are often given the least access. Just this change has helped innumerable children. Another simple example was our realization that since the kids were kept in cribs all day and their feeding always came from the same side, most developed functional scoliosis from always turning in one direction. We encouraged the Sisters to reverse on which end they placed the head of each child. Needing to turn in both directions transformed their vertebral columns.

Much to our surprise Mother Teresa took great personal interest in our project and invited us to private meetings with her in her sitting room/bedroom each week. How remarkable to knock on her door, walk up long, narrow stairs and sit in her little room. Each meeting was a rich lesson.

For example, one day we were feeling like God's gift to humanity because one of the children had begun to walk for the first time. Her response was to look out the window at the busy street and say with a sigh: "there is so little we can do, for each child we save a hundred more are born". Quite sobering for our pride-filled egos.

A few weeks later, feeling somewhat weighed down by Calcutta and all the suffering, we trudged up her stairs to meet her smiling broadly. With a heavy voice I said, "Mother what are you so happy about today". She said, " I was just thinking of how each drop of goodness adds to the bucket and makes it that much fuller" (See also: A Drop in the Bucket).

Like meeting a Zen master, we were lifted into another dimension.

🎤Audio: in MP3: A drop in the Bucket  - in M4a: A Drop in the Bucket

In honor of the grace we received thirty years ago, I offer these exquisite reminders from Mother Teresa:

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.

Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.

Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.

Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.

Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.

Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten.

Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.

Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God.

It was never between you and them anyway.

Sending many Blessings.....Russell



Faithfulness is not a denial of our confusion or our negative habits. In fact, we can now have the confidence to face our “distressing disguises”, as Mother Teresa called these errors of identity. The negative bias of our nervous systems often results in the habit of looking for what is wrong in ourselves or in our partners. How different it is when we can accept, acknowledge and work with our painful habits yet know, deeply, undeniably in our core, that this personality trait is not the essence of who we are!







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