Rescuers transport dogs from disaster areas to safety. Rescuers placed themselves in danger to save those caught in the fury of California wildfires. And then there is this rescuer of vintage and antique dishware, found at yard sales, thrift shops and yes, curbside trash piles.
The desire to rescue is a strong one, whether it be puppies, people, or vintage dishes. As an Alexander Technique teacher, I do battle with this powerful impulse, because rescuing is the last thing I ought to be doing with my students. And here lies the paradox: I wish to help my students but will only interfere with their learning if rescue is what I try to do.
Instead, the task of the teacher is to practice good use of oneself and permit the lesson to take its course. Always I have a plan. But, I have learned that in being present to myself and to my student, the lesson plan becomes a springboard to what really needs to happen. Rescue? NO! Attentive and aware? YES!