Feeling The Midpoint


Here in my view, is an incredible example of what makes a human being human, or I should say, adaptive. The capacity to feel the midpoint, AS A POINT. Nothing could be more obvious that the practitioner in this video can feel perhaps on the level of the nanoscale, the absolute center-of-gravity of each component to the system she erects, all of which then held in mind (felt) in terms of the whole. Speaking more broadly, this emotional capacity is what allows any organism to adapt to whatever role it evolved to play in nature. For most species, the midpoint is instinctively scripted and so the organism stays niche specific. But in humans, and dogs, finding a midpoint constantly in flux so that energies can be combined and amplified, is the essence of the mutual entrainment of our two species.

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Published June 3, 2013 by Kevin Behan
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6 responses to “Feeling The Midpoint”

  1. Annie says:

    Wow…this is exquisite! Something I will watch again and again. It reminds me of the word I came across in an article on architecture:

    Tensegrity…..the tension and integrity of structure, which creates balance in form….

  2. kbehan says:

    I recall your mention of tensegrity in an earlier comment, and I think this brings us back to how the human aesthetic sense corresponds to the Constructal law, how we’re mesmerized by the most amount of force being borne by the least amount of structural material. I feel it can also be said that this performer’s ability, which has been described elsewhere as an intuitive awareness of center mass, depends on her capacity to reference subliminally her body’s physical center-of-gravity as-a-point. Referencing the external point in terms of the internal point is where her awareness arises from. In this regard I want to post this link.


    So this awareness of the absolute midpoint of any object has a biological correlate in which the growing organism can feel its own midpoint, when then serves to arrange its evolution into form around a clock face, all predicated on a circular flow pattern occurring at the epicenter of a being’s life force. I believe this research has found the very seed of the mind as it cultivates the ground, the physical anatomy, that will then go on to inform that mind’s view of reality as it develops into that particular physical state of existence. I believe this woman is tapping into that awareness in order to perform this feat.

  3. Skip Skipper says:

    Hey Kevin,

    This is somewhat related to balance. I wanted to get your take on the sport of “Parkour” for dogs. One definition I’ve read is “the overpowering of obstacles. I have been combining this with pushing and tug. Here is a video of one of the first dogs in the sport. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/17/parkour-dog-ukraine_n_1792549.html

  4. kbehan says:

    Looks like an excellent example of incorporating obstacles of resistance into the flow, with the payoff being the moment of suspension manifested with all the ricocheting going on between obstacles. Must have a dog with proper physique to be sure, lots of wear and tear. Obviously a happy dog having a lot of fun, I could see how this could shift a dog’s perspective on the world as the balance inhibitions have to be loosened.

  5. cliff says:

    Quite a blur most of the time, but looks to me like an “unaltered” boy. Just sayin’…

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In Your Dog Is Your Mirror, dog trainer Kevin Behan proposes a radical new model for understanding canine behavior: a dog’s behavior and emotion, indeed its very cognition, are driven by our emotion. The dog doesn’t respond to what the owner thinks, says, or does; it responds to what the owner feels. And in this way, dogs can actually put people back in touch with their own emotions. Behan demonstrates that dogs and humans are connected more profoundly than has ever been imagined — by heart — and that this approach to dog cognition can help us understand many of dogs’ most inscrutable behaviors. This groundbreaking, provocative book opens the door to a whole new understanding between species, and perhaps a whole new understanding of ourselves.
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