Overcoming obstacles: Carol Buck’s story

Over 40 years ago, Carol Buck was in despair. She had gradually lost much or her mobility and was diagnosed with Scleroderma, a terrible degenerative connective tissue disease. At that time, her doctor told her there was no treatment and no cure and she should get her affairs in order. A soulful, talented cellist, Carol could only hold down the strings of her cello using the index finger of her left hand.

Somehow, she happened to go to a Sensory Awareness class led by Charlotte Selver and she felt a difference right away. “I could feel where the frozen areas in my tissues met the areas that were still alive.” That was the late summer. Charlotte invited her to participate in an intensive study group that Fall where she would experience Sensory Awareness daily. By December, she was moving with much more ease. Her recovery continued as she continued to study and practice Sensing. Now, in her 70s, still agile and mobile, she performs in several musical ensembles in New York City and is a member of the Sensory Awareness Leaders Guild. In November 2016, she played with the Ron Carter Nonet at the new Blue Note in Beijing, China.  Carter is the most recorded jazz bassist in the world. He is pretty picky about his cellists but Carol has played with the ‘Nonet’ for years. Sensory Awareness is not snake oil. There are no guarantees of  ‘cures’, but this is a true story and there are many more like it. Profound awareness helps us to be fully present for our unique individual experience of health and disease.  From that place, we are more responsive and able to cope with whatever comes in new and surprising ways.

 

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