“It’s Morning-Day!” This after the sound of a slap, as Lyle’s feet meet the guest room floor, followed by patter as he runs to my bedside, his face illuminated with that light only the very young possess. How I cherish this memory. The mere thought of my godson at three is more than enough to take me into the length and width and spaciousness Mr. Alexander was training his students to re-discover.
Hmmm. Skip the Alexander Technique lessons and just love on your godson? Well, yes, and maybe….and how about both! Train the mind to live fully present in a body, and open the heart to loving well.
About that open heart. The one that loves well. Longtime Alexander Technique mentor, Dale, encouraged me to let love expand not only my heart-front, but my heart-back. A great way to rediscover your heart-filled-back is to lean against a wall with only your thoracic torso (the top half where the lungs reside) in contact with it. Now exhale gently on an ‘f’ as in ‘fee-figh-foh-fum,’ followed by allowing the inhalation to move your back ribs where they join the spine. Delicious.
Happy Birthday, Lyle! Have a great time celebrating your 17th. You have brought 17 years of joy and delight to this godmother—-