This is how it’s done, Alexander Technique students. This is what ease and freedom of movement look like. Feast your eyes and ears on the sights and sounds of inherent good use.
Watching and listening to Amanda Gorman today, I sat up, feeling lighter, freer, at greater ease. Her words, her poise (and yes, presence!), the historic import of the moment, all combined to elicit this response. But history-making events are not required for us to access ease and well-being.
Any of our senses can serve as the stimulus for a gentle easing of head-on-spine, for the stopping of holding ourselves up. Last Thursday, it was walking through the pine woods; the kinesthetic pleasure of exerting myself on an incline, the visual delight of sunbeams through the pine boughs, and the sounds of red-breasted nuthatches, unseen but chirring sweetly overhead.
What matters is giving our attention to the swirl of experience coming to us via our senses. Anything we notice, anything with which we contact, can be the impetus for Good Use of the Self, to use an Alexander Technique term. May you find ease in your day, this Inauguration Day of January 20, 2021.