This blog was going to be Living on a knife edge but I like the typo!
I guess loving is more apt to what I’m about to write. I’ve been discovering what is being present. I’ve made guesses and forced myself into being present, that’s just cheating and I was just fooling myself though I didn’t know at the time, I thought I was doing it right; ‘doing’ is the problem word in that statement. You can’t do being present, or forcing and cajoling, presence just won’t play. I image that the relaxation brigade think presence is with your eyes shut and allowing your muscles to relax, they are far from the point; it’s pointless lying still with your eyes shut, there’s not much you can do but lie still with your eyes shut.
The real being present is being present in activity, I’d need my eyes open for that.
Being present in activity is like having your stars aligned, having all your duck in a row. Difficult but not impossible, the ducks that help are;
- having your head nicely balanced on the spine
- your spine being supported by your pelvis
- and your pelvis being support by the ground
- either via you legs and feet or via the chair you’re sitting on
All this balancing and supporting is with freedom and no pain
That’s the physical bit, now for the hard bit, you need to be present in time and space as well. Allow any anxiety or stress to go and a sense of expansion into the space around you.
Now you are present in activity, moving around and applying yourself to tasks become easy and free, time slows and you have time to think before acting. It’s a lovely place to be. It’s a place of ying and yang, it’s loving on a knife edge.
It may be simple but it has taken me several years of practice using Alexanders discovery just to be there on the knife edge for a few minutes.
If you ever fancy a challenge find an Alexander Teacher, warning there will be tears on the way even for grown men. It’s not for the faint-hearted.