Thursday, September 1, 2011
Monday night I was playing around with the Alexander Technique directions while I was brushing my teeth. Having a sense of myself I slowly extended my left arm toward the mirror. Then I brought the hand towards my body as if I would be moving to the guitar neck. There was space within and beneath my shoulder that I do not usually sense when I habitually bring my hand to the guitar from my lap. I was excited and played around with this a few times. Though the hour was late I wanted to go and check this out with my guitar. But I was tired.
I had already let go of blogging that evening because it was after 10 pm and I was beat. As I felt the pull in me to go back to the guitar I recognized an old habit of mine. The ability to push myself hard. In general, I and others, have seen this as an admirable trait. But this "pushing myself" is a habit. Looking at this from an Alexander Technique perspective I began to wonder about the effectiveness of "using" myself in this way. What are the long term affects of this "pushing hard?" Certainly I have sustained injuries from pushing too hard with the guitar. What has been the psycho-physical toll from a lifestyle of "work hard/play hard?" This is a habit I must look at deeply.
While I did not go and play my guitar that night I did jot down some notes before turning in.