Monday, July 28, 2014
Today I began exploring a way of organizing the material within this blog, especially in how these writings pertain to the Alexander Technique. Extracting themes within the technique as I have used and interpreted them seems to be a logical place to begin this organizing. I allotted three hours to this task today so that I had enough time to really dig in and begin. From 10 am until 2 pm with a couple brief conversations and lunch I did work at this. One short break consisted of refining two Qi Gong moves that I have been studying. Good to relax and use the body for a few minutes and let go of the computer.
Having satisfied my commitment, I decided another break was in order before I resumed working on this project. A slightly longer break this time consisting of an AT lie down. Seemed especially prudent to avail myself of this simple, yet powerful AT practice as I was beginning to notice I was using myself poorly, or end-gaining in pursuit of this project. Refreshed, I rose from the floor and worked with two more Qi Gong exercises. Free, long and wide in my body with a cleared mind, I was ready to sit down and resume my work. Still noticing a bit of "driven-ness," I decided to allow myself a bit more nourishment. I removed my guitar from the case. Gently holding her neck as I walked to my practice space, I was delighted by the freedom restored to my body, thinking, and now to my heart.
As the notes rang out, my spirit soared. Paying attention to my use, I directed my thinking during my playing and in between pieces. Now I am adding to my body of work of learning about and applying AT. What a difference 45 minutes can make. How are you restoring your freedom today?
photo by Jennifer Boyer