I’ve been reminding myself of one of the principles of the Alexander Technique, namely that of faulty sensory appreciation, which in a nutshell means that nine times out of ten what we think we’re doing, or indeed think we’re doing, may not actually the case and wrong for our purpose.We may think that it is, to the point of needing to be right about it, but upon further reflection it may not prove to be benefit. We may feel within ourselves that something is the ‘right’ thing to do, for our own purpose entirely, but taking time to look into the details of the matter in hand may in fact reveal to all concerned that more thought was perhaps required on both sides. Or, conversely, it could well be that we were in fact trying to be helpful and had overlooked a detail which it would have been wise to have checked before making a suggestion. Perhaps looking too much at such details, instead of looking at the wider perspective and going with the flow more is where the lesson may lie, for how on earth would we know if something was right for our purpose without trusting in what the universe might provide.
Thinking that what we do isn’t working for whatever reason might lead us to think that we need to somehow bring about change by changing things we perhaps perceive are somehow ‘wrong’, but unless we give ourselves time to mull things over, we may get into all sorts of a ravel. I know I’m an expert when it comes to this and have gotten myself into a ravel recently because I just wasn’t even sure what was happening. It may indeed have had nothing to do with me, although it very much felt as if it was, or maybe it was everything to do with me, in which case I wasn’t aware of how things were happening. The only way we can fathom such a thing out is to be aware of what we are doing whilst in activity.
Lying in the semi-supine position of the Alexander Technique helped, as did taking time over my daily activities, even if these things dawned a little later in the day. I found myself having to wash up a dishwasher of dirty dishes before retiring to bed; whilst I didn’t relish the task in hand in that moment, mainly because I thought it would be quite a simple task to rely on using a dishwasher, in fact I felt quite peeved by the experience, but this episode taught me that getting peeved about things does not actually help in the slightest, instead of approaching it from a different angle entirely. Perhaps not striving so much to put them right, as to understand that when something is wrong, then it’s often a good idea to devote ourselves to doing something in a slightly different manner, without altering the status quo too much or rocking the boat. Not ‘going there’ to fix something but rather fathoming out what might work instead, perhaps even stopping to wait, which is of course one of the very first things I was taught in my Alexander Technique lessons.