Friday, March 18, 2011
Life is a choice: illustration
At any given moment, we have an infinitude of choices before us. Some of the choices may be conscious, but most are not. When we become aware of some of our choices, we realize that we have the freedom to choose in which directions to go. Even if we decide not to choose, letting others or our own habits take over, that in itself is a choice. If we decide to make conscious choices, we become empowered by our freedom instead of shrinking from it, and our life develops with a clearer sense of direction, instead of being tyrannized by our narrowing habits of unawareness, lack of clarity and focus.
What are you doing right now?
What are you consciously choosing to do right now?
At the moment, as I consider what I am consciously choosing at the moment, I realize that I am choosing to write this blog, and I spontaneously begin to notice what I am doing with myself. I move my fingers, use my eyes, smile, breathe, continue sitting in the chair, keep my legs crossed, notice the effect of the leg-crossing on my use, notice some discomfort creeping up to my awareness, let my arms release a bit, let my neck be free, breathe, feel the floor under my one foot, notice the chair under my sitbones, let my neck be free, remember where up is, let my torso lengthen and widen, let my knees aim forward and away, and I notice that I have more choices before me:
I could continue to sit in this way as I write, or I could move to a position that would give me more mechanical advantage, and relieve some of the stress on my system. OR, I could continue observing the effect that the leg-crossing has, and improve the use of myself as I stay in this position. OR, I could just ignore everything other than writing here. I can't help noticing the increasing tension in my neck as I continue to write, so I am choosing to move myself into a position with both feet on the ground. But, first I am stopping, because I know that rushing into a new position will just mean more unconscious movement with a less-than-positive result, so I am choosing to wait, giving myself time to think it through first. That instantly helps me breathe better, and the tension in my neck releases.
I am smiling. Letting my neck be free, so that my head can be freely poised on the top of my spine, aiming forward and up, I let my whole self expand with freely moveable joints, and I let my legs move so that my feet are now both on the ground.
I pay attention to the space around me. I hear noise from upstairs, and I turn to look out the window for a moment, noticing the light. I breathe. I feel gratitude for my life. I shift in the chair, and I realize that I no longer want to be writing here. Enough for now.
Laughing, I realize that I have a choice: I could just stop now after I quickly finish this post, OR I could finish it later, OR I could write a bit more, OR I could do nothing. I choose the last option, and I stop writing for a moment......
For a short blissful moment, I just sat here and nourished my soul with non-thinking/non-doing. Happier now, I smile and choose to finish up this blog now and post it.
This was an illustration of one way I practice the Alexander Technique when I choose to do so!
Posted by Jennifer Roig-Francolí at 4:15 PM