Entries by Elyse Shafarman

How would you rate…?

Therapist: On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your average day. Me: 5 Therapist: Why’s that? Me: Because that’s how averages work. This is an important point – that to be happy, to have self-esteem and personal integrity in life and work, we all have to be “above average” but that’s […]

On Savoring

Every once in a while, I listen to a podcast that hits me at the right moment with important knowledge. Usually, it’s stuff that I already know, but it’s phrased in a way that feels fresh, important and relatable. I can effortlessly take it in and put it to practice. This two-part series on Savoring, […]

A memory of Frank Ottiwell

A friend wrote, “Send me a “Frank” quote.” He was referring to Frank Ottiwell, my mentor and the director of my Alexander Technique (AT) teacher training course. I wrote back: I can’t think of any particular Frank quote right now, but I am remembering how he would arrive every morning at the Alexander school (we […]