Whether at the beginning of or in the midst of an activity, to pause and consider your actions requires a choice. To choose to pause and direct our thinking with the Alexander Technique or to follow our breath introduces freedom and change. Our energy shifts as does our relationship within and to the space around us. If we are interacting with others, we are now more fully engaged, alert, and aware.
Why then does the act of pausing require so much discipline? Habit, habits and more habit is the quick answer. Over decades I have developed the habit of pausing and my relationships to myself, the guitar, and to others has shown improvement. For this I am truly grateful. So I continue to instill the discipline of pausing to foster my development. What has been delivered far outweighs the occasional agony of "what again?" that sometimes arises within. Pause right now, before you surf off. Connect with your body, your thinking, perhaps even your heart. Consider your aim. How does it feel to be alive?
Photo by Anders Sandberg