I’m such a slow learner, I am aware of this, of course, and I’m actually no different to anyone else. I’m gradually becoming aware of the fact of choosing to do less in respect of doing, as in doing things which are unhelpful to us in terms of unconscious habit can very much help me and how constructive conscious control, the ability to stop, notice, think and direct, is such a useful skill to have developed. I don’t think I ever appreciated this as much as I do until very recently so I still have much work ahead in this respect. I’m aware that I can indeed stop to think whilst in activity and not need to berate myself for getting embroiled in that which does not serve well, so the lesson is not to get frustrated, however I also appreciate that these are invaluable learning tools by which to really see how we are doing things, how we can prevent this and make different, more conscious choices which are constructive and beneficial. For this reason I’m eternally grateful. Stopping to pause really does work and is of inestimable value when navigating our ship.
Easter-tide is a new season of renewal and growth amongst nature. It looks as if having graduated just before Easter and learning a few lessons this Easter are of course all inter-connected. Easter is about nature waking up, I’ve certainly found myself waking up to a few things recently. Waking up is also involves waking up to noticing how we’re doing things as we’re doing them, reasoning out how to do things in a different way to the way we have habitually undertaken them. It is a process, given that we’ve probably been half asleep for a good long time. We can learn how to get out of our own way for sure. We are such such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep, springs to mind. With Alexander Technique, because of its indirect nature, we don’t actually even really need to change anything, change occurs more by itself as a result of non-doing. The great temptation, of corse, is to do, so deciding to do the opposite takes practice, but it is definitely possible.
This was never intended to be a long blog, or even as anything particularly creative or unique. It was intended more to mark this Easter-season with a sense of ongoing compassion, understanding and connection. Wishing you a peaceful Easter-tide!
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