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?
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