Taking one’s time

Do you often find yourself in a rush and hurrying about, not allowing yourself time to think in the process? This often befalls people who have a variety of commitments, trying to juggle everything in their day, they are so busy with being busy that they tend to forget about themselves.

Lessons in the Alexander Technique teach you how to come back to yourself in terms of maintaining your balance and equilibrium. So often we get distracted with all the commitments which require our attention during the day, that we totally forget about how we are using ourselves, in fact it’s not something we even tend to think about. We forget that the mind and body are two parts of the same whole and forget that these work in conjunction with one another. If we’re rushing and hurrying around, our minds tend to be fixed on a certain goals we want to achieve and yet we pay no heed to what our body is telling us, which often manifests itself in poor breathing, as well as tightening of our neck muscles. We don’t stop long enough to notice this, yet if our breathing is somehow not working at its optimum, then the rest of us surely won’t be either.

Instead of rushing, taking one’s time is often a quicker way towards achieving what we wish to happen. As with Alexander Technique lessons, it provides a pause, a place in which to stop and consider what to do next, not forgetting that the mind and body are inseparable. Learning to stop, especially if we are prone to rushing about with no thought as to what we’re actually doing, is a learned art, much like learning to play a musical instrument and as such it takes time to learn, but it is possible to learn how to come to a stop. We are all ‘human doers’, endlessly and constantly doing things, which is why learning to stop and taking in the wider environment are useful tools to learn.

Stopping, to wait in the moment of the pause and to consider, giving your body space and time to adjust, which it does as it is always re-balancing itself. If you are stressed to the point of rushing and hurrying around, you’re not allowing your body to know what it is to be in better balance, nor what it might be like to stop, to really stop whatever it is you are doing with yourself and to observe. Observing yourself in this manner will provide you with important feedback as to what it is that you really are doing to yourself in terms of your posture and poise. If you are prone to rushing, stopping will help to calm you down, to come to a halt, to say ‘No’ to the rushing. In such moments of stopping, your mind will momentarily clear itself of the pressure of commitments, allowing you time to think of your directions, to notice how your nervous system calms down, how your breathing improves and gives you time to notice things surrounding you and about yourself.

Giving time to the pause, learning how to stop at any given moment, is a luxury that is available to anyone should they wish to learn how to stop and how to observe. Having an Alexander Technique teacher who can help you with learning how to stop is invaluable, their hands guiding you into a more beneficial way of moving. You’ll notice that they quite often place on hand on the neck area, this is a great place of which to become aware whilst stopping, in fact I was doing this just this morning, always coming back to my neck area, particularly whilst stopping. Stopping provides us with just such an opportunity, to really come to a stop and think about what it is we don’t want. Perhaps you don’t wish to rush and hurry so much and to live life with greater ease? Perhaps you’d like to invite greater calm into your life? Perhaps you might even like to live without the energy-wasting pain you’ve been in? Whatever your reason for seeking out Alexander Technique lessons, learning to stop over time will be an integral aspect during lessons and one from which we can all gain ongoing benefit.

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