from ‘Free Play’, by Stephen Nachmanovitch

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“Our body-mind is a highly organized and structured affair, interconnected as only a natural organism can be that has evolved over hundreds of millions of years. An improviser does not operate from a formless vacuum, but from three billion years of organic evolution; all that we were is encoded somewhere in us. Beyond the vast history we have even more to draw upon: the dialogue with the Self — a dialogue not only with the past but with the future, the environment […] This rich, deep patterning is the original nature that impresses itself like a seal upon everything we do or are”

from ‘Free Play’, by Stephen Nachmanovitch

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