Activism and the Alexander Technique


In earlier days of activismI marched the streets of New York City, chanting for the Nuclear Freeze Initiative. I served on a Columbia University board promoting a national peace education program. Closer to home, collaboration with others at the The Interfaith Center for Peace resulted in the creation of a mediation program for use in schools and churches.

Huzzah for me. And then…..I burned out.

There is a particular energy to activism consisting of equal parts fear and anger.  Not exactly the ideal emotional state, and certainly a burden on the body. Is it possible to be an activist and an Alexander Technique practitioner?

Here’s what I know so far. It’s hard. It’s possible.  A few recent opportunities:

  •  Observing my body’s startle pattern while marching past yelling bystanders at the Ohio Women’s March to the Columbus Statehouse.
  • Choosing to return to the balance of head-on-spine while attending a high energy start-up meeting of 600 for a local Indivisible chapter.
  • Noting (over and over again) my body in downward pull, usually while at the computer or phoning offices of elected officials. Once noted, choosing to ‘Think Up,’ and gently give myself some space.

Please wish me well, and may we all respond to current political and social realities with courtesy and kindness, resolve and commitment.