In order to use our body as an instrument for life resonance, we need to be able to feel in the first place. It is recommended to inquire about these senses while the participant is already in movement or walking in space.
Pressure – even, uneven, supportive, crushing, cutting off circulation
Air current – gentle, cool, warm, from right, from left, stimulating, overstimulating, misty
Tension – solid, dense, warm, cold, inflamed, protective, constricting, angry, sad
Pain – ache, sharp, twinge, slight, stabbing
Tingle – pricks, vibration, tickling, numb
Itch – mild itch, irritating itch, moving itch, subtle itch, large area itch
Temperature – warm, hot, burning, cool, cold, clammy, chills, frozen, both hot and cold
Size – small, large, medium, both large and small
Shape – flat, circular, triangular, irregular
Weight – light, heavy, both light and heavy
Motion – circular, erratic, straight line
Speed – fast, slow, still
Texture – rough, smooth
Element – fire, air, earth, water, wood, metal
Color – various
Mood – rainy, cloudy, sunny, stormy, violent (e.g. earthquake, tsunami)
Sound – buzzing, harmonious, noisy
Taste – sour, bitter, sweet, astringent, salty, oily, pungent
Smell – pungent, sweet, like rain, like trees
Presence – empty, here, distracted
Qualia – various
Exercise 1: Body Scan Roll Down
While on your back and standing up, slowly roll your spine up then back down (or vise versa) vertebra by vertebra. Scan slices of your body (like the axial slices of a hospital cat scan machine) and be aware of any sensations.
Exercise 2: Hand Body Scan
Exercise 3: Part Shift
Have the participant locate a particular feeling in the body and to express the feeling with movement. Signal the participant to relocate the exact movement expression but to various body parts in varying subtleties.
“If you place the beauty of … [the] flower and the emotions which are evoked by it into your dead body, then the flower you create will be true and unique and the audience will be moved.” – Kazuo Ohno²
It is recommended to identify emotions past the basic happy, sad, and angry. There are many more:
Affection, anger, angst, anguish, annoyance, anticipation, anxiety, apathy, arousal, awe, boredom, confidence, contempt, contentment, courage, curiosity, depression, desire, despair, disappointment, disgust, distrust, ecstasy, embarrassment, empathy, envy, euphoria, fear, frustration, gratitude, grief, guilt, happiness, hatred, hope, horror, hostility, humiliation, interest, jealousy, joy, loneliness, love, lust, outrage, panic, passion, pity, pleasure, pride, rage, regret, remorse, resentment, sadness, saudade, schadenfreude, self-confidence, shame, shock, shyness, sorrow, suffering, surprise, trust, wonder, worry.
Important: To not get lost in the outer form (especially facial expressions), once a particular feeling is recognized, swallow the emotion and then resonate with how the body reacts while also being mindful of typical gestures associated with the feeling. This is not repression of emotion, but the opposite. If after this, the facial expression or gesture still comes, resonate with that too.
Exercise: Emotional Jumping Wild
This is a jumping wild exercise where somebody calls out one emotion after another and the participant is to shift through them. First, the emotions can be acted out in the face, but and then they can be acted out without the facial expressions or gestures associated with them.