Choices. They are made countless times each day. When to get up, what to wear, make the coffee or purchase on the way? And then there are the big choices, a life partner, for example. I chose one 38 years ago, and continue choosing him every day.

The practice of the Alexander Technique is all about choice. We get to choose. We are not automatons, although it sure can feel that way as we plod through the waning days of winter. Try ‘The Procedure,’ an alternative to the trudging habit:

Choose Self-Awareness. (Feet on floor. Head on spine. Where am I possibly tense?)

Choose to Pause. (Often the Pause is enough. Mind/body re-organize. Just stop the habit, whatever it is. Trudging, maybe?)

Choose to Direct. (‘My neck is free.’ Or, ‘I allow my head to move forward and up.‘)

Spring is on the way.  On Sunday morning’s farm walk with Mike, I heard a spring song from a warbler along the west fence row. Add a little AT thinking to your next stroll, and you will find your Self in springtime before you know it—-

4 thoughts on “Choose

  1. Cheryl Capaldo Traylor February 26, 2020 / 12:48 am

    Head on spine. Craning to look at my iPad. Thanks for the reminder I can choose not to do that. Here’s to warbler song and spring.


  2. Amanda M. February 18, 2021 / 9:20 pm

    While reading, I was reflecting on all the different choices I make on a daily basis. Our lives are the outcome of our choices. Sometimes things tend to feel “in autopilot,” but even those moments are made up of choices. This has really opened my eyes, thank you 🙂


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