Our eyes can’t see tension and twisting in the back happen the moment we do something. It’s like we have blocked out all our ability or sense to feel this when it happens. We become so outwardly focused that we can’t acknowledge what we’re doing with ourselves. I think a big reason for this is that we'd rather go on autopilot. We don't like to think. When it does get bad we just tell ourselves that we’ll do some stretching or exercises later. But what if later is too late? Wouldn’t it be better if there was something you could do in the moment? Or whenever you felt like it? We can use Alexander Technique at any moment, which is the beauty of it. We just have to make the mental leap.
You may well be moving, engaged in an activity. It doesn’t mean you have to stop it entirely, but you do have that choice. You give yourself time; you are saying no to thoughts that are irrelevant to the situation at hand or that make you over excited. It’s important to acknowledge them as thought traps we can get ourselves into.
You don’t overcome them by denial, rather than acknowledgement. If you find yourself avoiding the cracks in the pavement you can just say "superstition" to yourself and stop it. We must acknowledge the thought, not deny it. There is no need to forget yourself. You mustn’t do that. You do want to carry on at variable paces for instance and by experiment see if your heart rate, breathing and coordination are affected in a positive or negative way. We do many things too fast, but we also carry out many actions too slow.
You need to keep your senses engaged and not switch them off. You don't want to dull them. For us it’s easy to say “Yes I know” and stop listening, stop taking in information, stop observing and stop learning. And that’s a huge problem you’ve given yourself there, because when you do that you block out new information. You can only deal it out if you do that. Learning new things becomes muddled in the habits of the past. The past is holding on to your mind. Everything you learn is a different kind of version of what you already know. A different kind of badly.
I can’t tell you all the factors that go into this, but your attitude towards time will make a big difference to how you sense things. Of course, if you're in a rush to get things done there’s very little hope of picking up anything new, apart from finding out that you wished you hadn’t rushed! And you had given yourself time.
This state, manner or attitude increases the likelihood of picking up more sensory feedback. Quietening down and actively listening, means feeling more. So if you want to feel more, then you really do have to make that wish to give yourself time your first response. You have to make it a strong wish. You also have to expand this idea and see how your time is affected throughout your life. If you don’t, you may find inconsistencies in your life; panicking and rushing in unexpected moments because you haven’t considered what’s important and what’s valuable to your needs. If there really is something you need to take immediate action on then it will become apparent. But most of the time you can make better use of yourself by giving yourself time rather than throwing it away.
Hi, I'm Edward Fisher and I believe that everyone can have a life free from back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and many other musculoskeletal pain related conditions. I recovered from slipped discs and sciatica. I spent 10 months being unable to walk. After 3 months of Alexander Technique I was walking again. Now I show others how to do the same thing for themselves.
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