Notice the moment before you engage in action (or speech). See if you can sense how your body prepares. What are the habitual gripping spots?
Then pause. In the pause, tell yourself that you are:
- Free to act,
- Free to just be,
- Or free to do something different.
Observe how you (whole self, body and mind unified), reorganize when there is no pressure.
Then make a fresh decision.
The pause is enhanced when you expand awareness to include both self and environment together.
There’s more specific body cuing in the Alexander Technique, but the mindfulness piece, the pause to stop habitual reaction, is what distinguishes the technique.
To learn more about this process, join me for an introduction to the Alexander Technique at Berkeley Rep this Sunday 5/14, 10 – 1pm $35. Bring your mom for Mother’s day!