Recently, I was at the Maryland House on I-95, en route to NJ for a family birthday. Despite the only four hour drive, I packed a small cooler with lunch to take a break from driving the predictably unpleasant freeway connecting major cities and towns along the Eastern US.
Yes, I wanted to get there; excited about seeing my family and wanting to beat the predicted rain, but I usually feel better if I get out of the car and walk around a bit. I had cheese, crackers, salami, and one of the summer’s best—a peach from my local farmers market. All in a 30 year- old cooler. Yes, something that is 30 years old, low-tech, and still works.
I wanted to check my phone, but as I inhibited that impulse – paused, noticed what it felt like to want to start clicking and swiping, and what it felt like to not click and swipe – it got easier to ignore the phone. I began to notice the weather…hot and humid, but there was a breeze wafting around the picnic table nestled among some holly trees. Yes, this was a rest stop on I-95. I decided to try and actually taste the food I was eating. The breeze, the grass, a meal – for a moment I was actually “in” the moment. Even the drone of highway traffic assisted me in staying present.
This ability to pause and re-direct our senses and thoughts can be a challenge for all of us; however, we can all develop this skill with lessons in the Alexander Technique. In fact, this is a fundamental principle of the Alexander Technique.
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