|Artwork by Paula Ziegman|
SO....I asked my class yesterday, "What is Love? What does it mean to you?" We discussed the meaning of Love, and many wonderful ideas came up: selflessness, acceptance, mutual understanding, connection, loving thy neighbor as thyself, comfort, safety, happiness, motivation, freedom........
What does this have to do with Alexander Technique? Everything.
To me, the Alexander Technique is all about making connections and joining things together that seem separate, and giving things that seem stuck and frozen space to move. Yes, it's about the dynamic relationships between head, neck, torso...limbs, bones, muscles, fluids.....everything that can be thought of as parts of the physical body. But, even more than that, it's about realizing that the mind is making those connections, and therefore connecting the mind and body....and the Consciousness that is realizing those connections. What is that Consciousness that connects and joins and realizes? Nothing other than Love, I believe.
I sometimes ask myself, "What am I teaching?" I believe that, through the use of the Alexander Technique, I am teaching people to realize, to know, to be, to LOVE....themselves....in relation to everything within and around them.
We are making these connections all the time without being aware of it. We are loving, joining, becoming one with everything that comes into our awareness, without being aware of it. To wake up and realize that is what we are doing is the purpose of the Alexander Technique, for me. To realize that we are already loving, already whole, already free.
Once we realize this and stop trying to DO all these things (trying to love, trying to be yourself, trying to be free, etc.), the obstacles that seem to be in the way of the specific things we want to achieve start to fall away. The arm starts to move, the legs start to release, the music starts to flow, the work starts to become easy. We start to enjoy life, right now. Because we begin to be aware that we LOVE it.
One student yesterday said that he was at a loss for words when asked what Love is. This is how I feel right now, as I do my best to write about my experience and vision...and as I find myself starting to try to do the integrating of my experience with my use of words....I realize that it would be best for me to stop and bring this post to a close.
I love you, dear Reader, whoever you are.
You and I are different, yet we are the same.
We are connected parts of One Infinite Whole.
Thank you for reading, and thank you for being, and thank you for the Love that you Are.
Your comments are very welcome.
*heart artwork by Paula Ziegman