I’ve been thinking for rather a long time, yes, you may be thinking, surely for all your life! The thinking I’m writing about is the thinking that the Alexander Technique steers you to think, thinking about what I’m sitting on, thinking about what I’m touching, thinking about my local environment, thinking about my intention to do something.
The danger is that I’m thinking too much and not doing, I’m stuck in my awareness of everything around me. It’s a wonderful awareness, awareness on the cacophony of noise in the Fremlington Quay Cafe. An old railway station on the Devon coast.
The awareness that the coffee is good and the atmosphere is light and happy.
I was expecting a quiet cafe however it is full of walkers even on this rainy day.
These walkers aren’t short in doing activities but are they aware of each footfall when they are enjoying their walk?
As with everything, things are better when in balance, just enough thinking and just enough activity, though I’m not sure if they are opposites, they feel like they are today because my thinking is stopping me being active.
There seems to be a point in time when this awareness becomes embodied, something flips from the old norm to the new, this awareness becomes the norm. This has happened to me recently, there’s no need to ‘do’ the awareness anymore, it is with me without effort. However this has left a void in me as I’ve nothing to do or focus on. Can I now get on and do things I’ve put on hold?
There is a twist, things feel different now, they are easier, I can choose and more importantly I have the freedom to say no.
Off for a walk along the Devon coast.
That was breezy! It didn’t rain!
Time for lunch.
On the walk I experimented with noticing, noticing me, noticing the ground, noticing the wildlife, the fresh new leaves on the tree, the cherry blossom.
What caught my attention after walking for about an hour was where I thought my hip joints were! My thought was definitely not where my hip joints are.
Time to experiment, a bit of silly walking and dad dancing; I was alone on a very long footpath. Noticing where the hip ball joints are, it’s closer to the centre line of your body than most people think and also lower. Please research and discover for yourself.
Moving my thinking closer to reality eased the ache I had.
Perhaps if you have pain in movement, it may be that your thoughts are not quite in line with how your body really moves.
Having an awareness of myself and my environment when I was out walking made the walk easy, less tiring and enjoyable, before I knew it I was back at the café for lunch.
Here’s some more photos of the walk.