Alexander Technique

Doing the thing.

Dear Self,

Just doing what needs to be done.

No more.

Just lifting the weight that is in front of me.

Not telling myself how heavy it is.

Not worrying I can’t make it.

Not talking myself out of being able to do it.

Just looking at the thing and doing the thing that needs to be done.

Love

Luke

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Day 1,309

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Alive in my hands.

Alive in my hands. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Alive in my hands. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

I love when I fall in love with a new song.

When something about a song grabs me to the point where I want to learn to play and sing it on the piano…and then I find myself drawn to practicing it all the time…I love that.

It’s like having a sewing project that I am working on that I can’t put down.

A creative curiosity that is alive in my hands brings me joy.

Love

Luke

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Day 1,291

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Catch up.

Catch up. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Catch up. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

Today I have let myself play a bit of catch up.

I turned the alarm off and just woke up when I woke up.

Then I stayed in bed and read a book, for ages.

After that a lazy cup of tea, breakfast and a bit of singing and playing the piano.

Now all I need is some exercise and an Alexander Technique lesson and I’ll be ready to Campfire.

Love

Luke

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Day 1,215

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A good teacher.

A good teacher. Drawing Luke Hockley.

A good teacher. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

A good teacher is life changing.

My Alexander Technique and singing teacher, Chris, is a good teacher.

We have been working together for around 8 years I think.

Over my life I like to think that I have been cultivating a deep sense of knowing myself.

However, when things get all out of whack, having a teacher who knows my habitual responses (both good and bad) and who can help direct my attention towards the more useful things has been a real relief for me.  

It can short circuit days of discomfort.

Love

Luke

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Day 1,198

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I am what I do often.

I am what I do often. Drawing Luke Hockley.

I am what I do often. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

Yesterday I read something written by Ido Portal, a movement specialist, that has really stayed with me…

“You are what you do often so careful with your minute to minute, day to day and year to year choices.”

This resonates with something I realised for myself years ago, before I started training as and Alexander Technique Teacher, I realised that my whole system (nerves, muscles, bones…) was shaped by the choices I made every day. That I am literally moulded into the shape of the life I live.

Coming back around to this idea yesterday has helped me dive into this and experience it in a deeper way.

The part that really helped is the word ‘careful’.

The difficulty I have is making choices about how I ‘use’ myself (how much I tighten or cooperate with myself) when I do the mundane or quite static things…like the dishes or writing emails.

When Ido said to be careful with my minute to minute choices it helped me slow down and see that these moments shape me, because they happen so often. So, rather than dismissing them as something I need to get out of the way, I would rather practice great care for myself at these moments. I’ve known this for a long time. Something about the way this quote is written helped me change something about ‘this moment’ so that it is more likely to shape me in a way that is healthy.

Of course, it also prompts me to examine the bigger question of what choices I am making minute to minute. If I am what I do often, then what would I like to be and what choices will lead to that state of being?

Love

Luke

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Day 1,178

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My body is a koan.

My body is a koan. Drawing Luke Hockley.

My body is a koan. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

My body is a koan, a puzzle, a riddle.

It’s a question that presents many possible solutions, some of which are helpful, some are self-limiting and some…well, their outcome is a mystery.

Returning to the koan every day with the intention that it is the asking of the question and the wondering about the solution that is as useful to me as solving the riddle.

Solving the riddle is great, but we don’t always get that luxury, or it can take quite some time.

So being in the question that I am in. Curious. Kind. Playful and tenacious.

That’s what it’s all about.

Which is easy to remember when I’ve solved a puzzle and very challenging to keep in focus when I haven’t!

Love

Luke

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Day 1,169

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The light changes.

The light changes. Drawing Luke Hockley.

The light changes. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

The slightest shift and the light changes and suddenly things feel ok again.

Love

Luke

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Day 1,162

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Slow. Kind. Gentle.

Slow. Kind. Gentle. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Slow. Kind. Gentle. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

How is it possible for the things I know to evaporate so quickly?

How do I find myself back at square one, relearning the things I have already learnt?

Slow. Kind. Gentle.

That’s all I can say about it.

Love

Luke

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Day 1,161

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I’ve got this.

I’ve got this. Drawing Luke Hockley.

I’ve got this. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

Can I trust myself to know what to do?

It feels like the most important piece of the puzzle right now…where has this faith in my life knowledge gone?

I’d like to invite myself to bring this trust back into focus.

I’ve got this.

Love

Luke

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Day 1,159

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Moving comes first.

Moving comes first. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Moving comes first. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

To be well I have to move.

I’ve known this for years.

But I’ve just learnt this lesson on a deeper level.

What I have learnt is that even though, if you asked me, I would have said that movement is critical to my wellbeing…deep down I still felt that it was a luxury, an extravagance an indulgence.

The amount of moving I have been doing on the last few weeks of holidays have been patchy.

And suddenly ‘out of nowhere’ sitting and writing at a computer is starting to be become unbearable. I’ve been feeling all out of sorts. Unable to focus properly, feeling irksome, unhappy for no reason (because I am very happy with my life).

Yesterday I returned to base camp.

I dedicated a chunk of time to movement. And listening to what my system needs. And yes, this worked.

And it taught me something very important.

Moving is not an optional thing I add on top of my busy life. It is a foundation that enables everything else.

Moving comes first. Then the other things can flourish.

This year I will be bold about that.

It feels a little scary.

But I’ll reap the rewards.

Love

Luke

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