Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Opportunities to Cultivate Freedom
During my morning sitting, I came into a relationship with my body. Developing this relationship can take many forms. This morning as I sensed my body, I began using the Alexander Technique directions. Using these simple thoughts of allowing my neck to be free, my spine and back- long and wide, my shoulders wide, and my legs long to introduce freedom in my body. I moved on to other aspects of my sitting practice and then towards the end of the sitting the Alexander Technique arose in my mind again. Soon I will be standing. How will I arrive there? This is a basic activity we do every day, move from a seated position to standing. This is also an activity addressed in ATclasses & lessons to illustrate and facilitate freedom in our movement. The next question that arose was "how many times today will I get out of a chair?"
No idea. What if I set myself the task of pausing before standing; come back to a relationship with myself, utilize the AT directions and move to standing with awareness? Might I then step into more freedom throughout my day? So far I have remembered twice and am soon to rise again, hopefully with awareness. I'll leave a comment at days end as to how often I remembered. There is no right answer. The practice of cultivating of freedom, waking up in any moment, is what is pertinent. Do to the nature of interbeing, as I cultivate this freedom, it will spread.