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How to LandFinding Ground in an Unstable World$
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Ann Cooper Albright

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190873677

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190873677.001.0001

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(p.49) 2 Disorientation
How to Land

Ann Cooper Albright

Oxford University Press

Moments of disorientation—be they personal, communal, economic, or political—can become opportunities to rethink our habitual ways of being in the world. This chapter presents embodied practices that underscore how disorientation productively shifts our perspective from a focus on visibility and stability to a sensibility energized by proprioception and instability. In addition, it traces the implications of shifting orientations, getting lost, embracing the unforeseen, and moving in between states of knowing and unknowing. The practice of dwelling in the unforeseen requires a tolerance for ambiguity and conjures a state of being that is at once open to the world around us and grounded in our own sensory experience. Certain physical practices can train for a psychic tolerance for chaos, confusion, being off-balance or feeling uncomfortable—paving the way to respond to disorientation with curiosity rather than reacting with fear.

Keywords:   disorientation, proprioception, political unrest, improvisation, peripheral vision, lost

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