This is a seriously not-so-serious "real-life", "real-time" application of the Alexander Technique.
Shall we play? :)
FIRST, I STOP. NOTICE. OBSERVE WHAT IS HERE IN THIS PRESENT MOMENT....
I am realizing that yesterday was an interesting day for me. I remember that I wrote a "serious" blogpost about death in the morning, and in the afternoon I started thinking seriously about my habit of taking life "too seriously"! I remember my initial reactions to the idea: first, agreement to the idea, then gratitude for becoming aware of it (again).
I now realize that my next reaction was to take the idea of being too serious really seriously, and I immediately proceeded to DO SOMETHING about it! I decided to investigate and figure out how to stop taking life so seriously. (I realize you might be laughing by this point - please be my guest! Oh, and you can also laugh at my picture. ;)
I thought about it a lot, and I asked other people for their thoughts on the topic, and for any suggestions for how to take life less seriously. A few suggestions were helpful, but most of them weren't really, even though they were fun at the time. I certainly didn't find myself taking life less seriously just from thinking about it!
Today, I notice that the idea is still very present in my mind, and I am obviously continuing to think about it. But I notice that I'm thinking about it differently now. Interestingly, I find myself questioning the initial assumption that it is true that I take life too seriously. "Is that true?" I ask myself (ala the inquiry work of Byron Katie). But I stop myself when I realize that I'm starting to take myself too seriously in that direction....so I simply....
OPEN UP TO WONDERING...
As I notice that I am questioning, wondering, and doubting, I open up to the possibility that maybe it's not absolutely true. (What?! Could it be?! Could I actually be in balance, at least some of the time?!!?) In fact, I find plenty of examples in my day-to-day life of not taking things seriously at all. And I have certainly been reproached many many times for not taking things seriously "enough"!
What does it mean, anyway, to take life too seriously?
Ok, I'm getting the idea.... I'm still taking this topic too seriously. Time to stop again!
I'm starting to drop the thought, drop the questioning, and I'm getting seriously tired of thinking about it...
ENOUGH REACTING, ME!
(Aha!! Here comes the famous Alexander "NO"! I was wondering how long it was going to take before my application of the Technique was going to become more apparent! :)
NO! NO MORE REACTING!
I refuse to react any more to the idea that I take life too seriously! SO THERE! HA!!
Instead, I realize that I AM FREE (Thanking God!! Saved from my over-thinking-over-serious mind at last, by the BIGGER MIND riding in galantly on a beautiful white horse!! I'm SAVED!! HALLELUJAH!!! Do you hear the rising chorus, by the way?)
ok, I seem to be on a roll. Let's continue on, rolling on down this lovely green hill, shall we?
So, what's next?
Alexander Technique classical directions, here we come!!
Because I'm now aware again that I am in fact free, I choose to think: "MY NECK IS FREE!"
taking a bow....
laughing and saying THANK YOU for Being Here Now
(but only if you're serious about it...
because if you're not, just go ahead and enjoy your free, expansive Self however you wish!
p.s. Comments welcome, as always! Seriously! I mean it! ;)
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