Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Can It Really Be This Simple?
Tonight in my AT lesson with David Jernigan, we worked with just being in the space that I am in, as a way to address the two issues I brought to class tonight. Some stiffness in my upper left arm, and a general tightness that arises in the right side of my back when I play for a while. David had me being aware of the room and being aware of myself. I was thinking forward and up, thinking of my shoulders having more width, and everything in between. He also shared some insights from an AT workshop he participated in this weekend. Basically AT is just a mindfulness practice. Be where you are, right now. Be who you are. Nothing more, nothing less.
As Peter Noad, the workshop leader put it, problems in use arise when we are somewhere else, or "somewhen else," or someone else. Certainly all issues that are common to me. I have practiced mindful breathing, mindful walking, and other practices regularly for many years. Yet the mind can be so persistently elusive and take me away from the wonderful present moment. I love music, I always have, since singing Mr. Blue in a rocking chair on my brothers lap. I love the guitar. And all I have to do is to be with the guitar in the room right here, right now. So simple, yet ...