This is a short essay on the virtues of the Alexander Technique and meditation. Some key points of the Dharma are Synchronization of Body and Mind, Mindfulness, and Good Head and Shoulders. Alexander Technique is a skillful means to help one connect more directly with these principles. We know that we want to be gaining skill and strength in our practice of mindfulness/awareness. We do pretty well in a practice situation but our efforts slip away some in daily life. We are carried away by habitual patterns. The way we go about trying to overcome this lacks some skill, joyfulness, dedication, and light touch. As Westerners, we are heir to a bit of a split in body and mind. Our civilizing process has produced people who have lost their way, kinesthetically speaking. We are far removed from the natural state in a way that more indigenous cultures (such as the Tibetan culture) are not. Probably if we grew up in Tibet we would not need to study Alexander Technique or have such need to get back to body/mind synchronization, although in terms of mindfulness, I think it is applicable in any culture. Really, Alexander Technique is a course of study in mindfulness/awareness. We need to embark upon such a study. It is interesting, fun, and extremely efficacious in furthering our goals in meditation and post meditation. We have some very subtle habits of body and mind which are causing us to suffer and frustrate our efforts to get out of suffering. It is a little more complicated than this, but for simplicity sake, we can say that we have a little tendency to shorten our necks (and rotate our heads slightly backwards) which is a key to a lot of other tendencies to shorten and go down in other parts of our bodies. Instead of allowing a general sense of ease and non aggression to pervade our system, we are promoting (very subtly) an aggression. It is our habit to do so. Really our head and shoulders want to follow the principles of heaven. Where our head goes, everything will follow. It is very subtle and requires a lot of mindfulness. The rewards are so rich in terms of changing ourselves. Alexander Technique is very effective in helping us progress more quickly on the path. It brings skillful means, joyfulness, energy and encouragement to our practice. The Dharma becomes more fun, overcoming any sense of drudgery or misguided effort. Perhaps most importantly of all, the ego is completely undone. Alexander teaches us means whereby rather than end gaining. This is the path. Alexander Technique places us squarely on the path. It shows us so directly the joy of entering properly.
great article in Shambhala Times http://shambhalatimes.org/2011/07/09/befriending-our-habits/
I am an apprentice teacher of the Alexander Technique. I have been studying and teaching the Alexander Technique for 48 years. In Austin, I study with Jane Bick. My main teacher is Mio Morales of NYC. Craig Thompson 512 914-2082 email@example.com