The Alexander Technique has been an amazing study for me in focusing on how I get to the places I am going, rather than being fixated purely on the place I’m getting to.
This is one of those things that sounds incredibly obvious and reasonably simple to achieve…and yet is so often impossible to catch myself when I’m fixated on outcomes and then, when I do manage to choose to focus more on the process of the thing I’m doing…well it is a slow process to change the ‘how’ of what I am doing.
Habits are so strong.
Even when they are things that cause me discomfort and don’t serve me well they are still familiar and ‘comfortable’. Changing this kind of thing takes real attention to the moment.
I’m knitting socks at the moment…and there is something that I do with my left hand as I knit that, after a little while, starts to hurt.
I know what I’m doing, but it is incredibly hard to change it.
The pathway is just so strong.
It takes time and attention.
And an ability to hold the end goal incredibly lightly.
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