Tai Chi (well before pregnancy) was my first experience where the instructor encouraged us to participate without narrating his actions and I found it liberating. The pace was also more appropriate to my reflexes than, for example, zumba.
Relevant to this approach is the spiritual advice to 'get out of your own way'. I am comforted by the thought that we are all capable and often success derives from not sabotaging our innate efforts.
Here is some eloquence from the Babel Babies CD (this is a class I love, encouraging multilingual singing with babies):
"Young children are incredible language learners. They listen. They are fearless in trying new sounds, they practice relentlessly and they don't worry about making mistakes. [...] It's great to have the CD on in the background - you'll be surprised how much sinks in without you realising."
Hurray for our unconscious mind, absorbing, processing and retaining! I usually listen to the CD as I drive my car and impress myself with how much the brain can automate, as I navigate, negotiate the road space and cheerfully sing 'Incy Wincey Spider' in Arabic.
This morning I attended a Sing and Sign class, teaching baby signing. I started in week six of ten, as that was when a space became available. The leader kindly assured me not to worry if I felt like everyone knew more than me, but I wasn't actually troubled by this. I was motivated to learn and concentrated on either watching and participating or retrieving my baby from mobile phone-finding missions. I eliminated tedious and unnecessary comparisons with the other attendees and I learnt all the signs easily because I was mellow.
What I realised was that I was living the principle I enthuse about in Imaginative Writing: that there is no wrong answer. It is fun to enjoy playing and experimenting and, with gloriously contrary logic (my fave kind) giving myself permission to be imperfect actually resulted in very few mistakes.
Have you got any cool stories about suddenly realising you had achieved a tower of learning through 'Pisa mind'?