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The Daily Ease

I gave my blog the title The Daily Ease as a reminder to make time for a daily ease.

 

What does a daily ease mean to you?

 

  • lying down in consecutive rest aka semi supine
  • going for a walk
  • turning your phone off for a time
  • stopping to look, listen and be the appreciative life
  • consciously doing a big sighing out breath and letting go
  • letting go and letting god and reminding yourself to trust
  • smiling
  • drinking a glass of water
  • a yawn and a stretch
  • something else? many ease ideas available …

 

There is something very powerful about making a conscious choice to prioritise a daily ease for yourself. A mini mini mini break! A moment or minutes to stop and be the ease. It is really as easy as letting your neck be free …

 

This week seems particularly poignant for me to let go and let god, to, as Einstein said, decide that it is a friendly Universe. Decide that things are happening for me and not against me.

 

So I chose all of the above as my daily ease today but in particular to TRUST the process. Anything for an easier life!

 

Ahhhhhh ………. Ease!

 

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The Opposite of Creativity is not Destruction, it’s Stagnation!

The opposite of creativity is not destruction, it’s stagnation.

 

This thought came to me yesterday as helpful. 

 

Creativity is defined as the use of the imagination or original ideas to create something: inventiveness.

 

Destruction is defined as the act of destroying something.

 

Stagnation is defined as the state of not flowing or moving. The lack of activity, growth or development. 

 

My thought is that we as individuals are disempowered when we see the opposite of creativity as destruction. We feel helpless to do anything about terrible events like the destruction of the rainforests, for example. We are not encouraged to use our brilliant creative minds by this definition. How can I take on the force of destruction on my own?

 

However, if we see the opposite of creativity as stagnation, perhaps there is a calling here to see our innately creative selves more clearly, and to start to move from a state of not flowing or moving into activity growth and development in small ways that collectively might make a huge difference.

 

To me this change of definition is empowering. Are my thoughts and actions stagnant becomes a useful question. 

 

My interest in the brilliant Alexander Technique these days is how it informs and releases creativity in the individual. I truly believe the world needs more creative thinkers and a population that is not sitting passively stagnating!

 

If I look at the concept that the opposite of creativity is stagnation it becomes clear to me that Alexander Technique definitely encourages a deepened creative state as it teaches the individual to remember and reconnect with their natural and harmonious easy flow of being and encourages free movement through life in our deepened understanding of our own original inventive self.

 

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My small act of creativity for our lungs of the planet – an Alexander Technique inspired ‘story’ book called The Daily Ease , A Walk in the Woods with the intention that all profits will go towards planting trees. 13 black and white plates that can be coloured in too. Suitable for adults and children

 

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Stuff and Nonsense!

I am sorting out my wardrobe and discovering in the process that my favourite childhood book has morphed into ‘The Try On, The Bitch and The Wardrobe!’

 

My closet is bursting at the seams with fantasy versions of an alternative reality –  a life that is ‘absolutely fabulous darling!’

In truth, I live in paint splattered jeans in the muddy countryside. It also appears most of my clothes have ganged up against me and shrunk. It really is a magic wardrobe!

 

Somehow a clothes purge seems symbolic. A letting go of versions of myself that are outworn, outdated or frankly nowadays delusional!

A kind of shedding of old skins – letting go of the metaphorical onion layers to find transformation.

 

The so called middle age spread has spread all over the house. I begin to understand what the phrase means. Not so much body fat from stuffing your face but a general boundary spilling over abundance stuffing of everything that slows down your energy.

 

I have been decluttering all summer. It has been a slow stuff shuffle, rather than a whirling, twirling, passionate tango.

 

Every now and then a treasure emerges –  a new idea for how to use things, a bit of space made. Happy moments. Little bits of energy release into a punk pogo round the room. An 80’s music radio station has played in the background all summer. Gold!

 

Lots of lying down in-between too. Letting go of stuff is very exhausting!

 

Now beautiful dresses are being banished to the local Breast Cancer charity shop to look wonderful on someone else. It is as though these tiny tight fragile ‘tutus’ of design gorgeousness are mocking entities in the wardrobe tormenting the more fulsome fifties me! Begone, reminders of another era, this is not my life anymore. Stop poking me!

 

They say ’nature abhors a vacuum’. I am trusting the air developing in my cupboard is inviting new possibilities for adventures and freedom. My magic wardrobe, I tell myself, is inviting a magnetic creative force field of possibility and well being –  new doors to walk through will miraculously appear, magic kingdoms revealed to explore. New outfits for new fit outings.

 

As letting go of unnecessary tension in the body takes a bit of conscious awareness and courage, so does letting go of the tight, out-moded, worn out – the clothes and stuff we are holding onto that stops us being the best person we could possibly be right now. Material on the outside matters somehow to the heart of the matter on the inside.

 

Material girl

Slowly she shuffles stuff

Stuff stuff stuff …

‘Stuff and nonsense’ my granny would have said!

Letting Go by Kirsten Harris

 

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Finding my Inner FUP IT!

Sometimes life is challenging to say the least. People behave in ways that surprise and bewilder … our bodies alter and falter …. loved ones die … loneliness and anxiety can descend upon us like a cloud… to name a few. 

 

In the core of all of this what do you say to yourself to recalibrate, re-member, put yourself back together and walk forward tall and proud with your head in the air, feet on the ground and heart open? How do you find your inner peace? How do you keep on keeping on?

 

These thee words that have been guiding lights to me for years –  Forward and Up – shortened to FUP  or FUP IT! A little bit of devil may care combined with a direction which is for me the only way to go … forwards and upwards!  An Alexander Technique direction or thought that actually co-ordinates the structure too. 

 

So, today a short blog wishing you forward and up into a fupping great week!

 

The last couple of weeks I have struggled to maintain my fupness for a variety of reasons that all came at once, but this morning I decided to make a Tee shirt with this slogan, simply because it makes me smile and I am feeling my inner FUP IT rekindle by doing it.

 

FUP IT is so much more positive and powerful than the traditional four lettered expression!

 

So, FUP IT, it’s Monday … and though things may pull me down or push me over or cause me to doubt or falter, Fup it and Fup you too, I’m not staying there! Are you?

Have a great week.

 

Forward and Up!

Love Kirsten 

 

Link to tee shirt hereFUP IT! Forward and UP… Tee shirt! by Kirsten Harris 

 

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The Weird Wonderful World of Alexander Technique 

‘Trust, The Gold Thread’ by Kirsten Harris

Gold, Copper and Oil on Canvas, 100 x 150 cm

 

I thought about calling this blog ‘Why the Alexander Technique is Weird’ or ‘Are Alexander Teachers Weirdos?’ Both titles make me smile!  Before you think I am completely weird I do have some thoughts on the use of the word for our wonderful work. So here goes – some musings on the weird wonderful world of Alexander Technique …

 

The word weird’s modern meaning is quite recent and is very different from it’s original Old English meaning. Weird or Wyrd originally meant fate, fortune, chance, destiny, literally that which comes into being.  

 

It referred to the Fates of Greek and Roman myths, three Goddess spinners. These three sisters had different tasks, Clotho spun the thread of life, Lachesis measured its allotted length and Atropos cut if off with her shears. They are the Goddesses of our destiny.

 

The change of meaning of weird, to strange, odd, different, supernatural, spooky came about when Shakespeare picked up on this wyrd word, that had fallen out of use in England but was still used in Scotland, naming the three witches in Macbeth, The Weird Sisters.

 

So why is Alexander Technique weird?

 

If we take the original meaning of the word weird then the Alexander Technique is indeed weird. I believe Alexander Technique has a great influence on our destiny, our fate and that which comes into being in our lives. To me Alexander Technique is all about fully embodying our own being and deepening our understanding of our own unique weird wonderful selves, whilst allowing that which is the destiny of our balance to operate for us.  

 

When we are in balance, life simply goes better! Weird but true! 

 

I think it is why Alexander Technique teachers may occasionally seem like weirdos to the outside world! We get really excited about the discovery that Alexander called ‘primary control’. It is perhaps a bit weird to be so excited about the head, neck, back relationship, but we are!  Dressage riders will understand our fascination.

(Do book a lesson with a teacher and find out why we are so passionate!)

 

So, as we learn to pay attention to how we do what we do, especially in relationship to the balance of our heads, we learn to be more ‘at one’ with our own life, more at ease with ourselves. This in turn I believe effects our destiny – our responses change, allowing balance to emerge and thus what happens to us changes too.  

 

Life in it’s originality is very weird and very wonderful. It is forever coming into being. 

 

Learning the paradigms contained within the Alexander Technique we start to become the conscious spinners and weavers of our own cloth, our own matter, the material that is out body and our life on earth.

 

We learn to untangle the knotted threads of our life within and without to weave a more beautiful harmonious flowing ‘silken pattern’ for ourselves to live in.

 

We find we are connected to the whole, the elements. We learn to get out of our way to let our individual thread of experience be a connection to a truth that is greater than ourselves.  Alexander Technique is I believe one path to enlightenment. It is both simple and difficult at the same time.

 

The fabric of our life spirals within the structure of the mobile muscly body suit in which we live and move and breathe. 

 

Learning the Universal Truths taught through the Alexander Technique we learn to stand in our own nakedness. No need to hide ourselves in a clumsy mantle, a cloak of doubt or fear.

 

The way we use our entire selves effects our functioning. As we open and free ourselves, we unravel a magic carpet on which to fly, a beautiful tapestry unfolds spreading out before us.  We learn how to be in the great spinning wheel of movement. The art of many things is revealed to us. We learn to trust ourselves and be open to the vulnerability and aliveness of our being. In the vulnerability of our innate balance we find an inner strength that we can call home.

 

Our vulnerability becomes our strength. That is a bit weird in itself, but oh so amazing!

We learn to spin our cloth of gold through our thoughts, awareness and direction. 

 

In learning to change our habits and let go of that which is tangled, atrophied or stuck, we sometimes, like the goddess Atropos, need to pick up the metaphorical shears and cut the chains that bind and hold us.  We learn to simply stop in order to let go!  You could say that weirdly, learning the Alexander Technique helps us learn to cut the crap!

 

We all live in a weird world these days. A world where the world wide web weaves us into connections and relationships hitherto impossible.  It is a fabric of unwoven and interwoven possibility.

 

We can embrace the weirdness of wonderful relationships with people whom we have never met and may never meet and who none the less bring threads of pure gold into our lives. We learn to stand tall owning a voice in the (virtual) world so we can learn and grow together, connecting with each other, being the change, looking after what matters! 

 

In many ways the web has let us as a population become more in charge of our own destiny than ever before. We hopefully can learn how to use it well and make a difference. I have heard it said that people who use social media a lot are weird. I disagree. If connecting across the planet in an instant is weird then weird is great. Weird is coming into being. Weird is being open to chance, synchronicity and connections from all over the world. 

 

One could argue another weird aspect of the Alexander Technique is that it impassions people from so many different walks of life – scientists, doctors, musicians, actors, athletes, equestrians, dancers, sufferers of pain conditions, educationalists, entrepreneurs, mathematicians, self improvers and like me artists …

 

I would argue that this is because fate and destiny are interwoven in the teachings of the Alexander Technique, a learning which is on the one hand down to earth, bony, structural, a scientifically quantifiable technique endorsed by the British Medical Journal and on the other other hand invites us into the world of the mysterious, spiritual, psychic and intuitive. A world of possibilities.

So here’s a big thumbs up to the wonderful weird Alexander Technique! I love it!

 

(Big thank you to Devon based Alexander Technique teacher Jenny Quick, whom I have only met via the weird wise web but feel a lovely sense of connection to. Thank you Jenny for telling me you were ‘celebrating weird’ with your student. This led me to look up the etymology of the word and inspired a blog.)

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Rampage of Appreciation – Training to be an Alexander Technique Teacher

RAMPAGE OF APPRECIATION – TRAINING TO BE AN ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE TEACHER

 

At the age of 24 the Alexander Technique changed my life! That first hands-on lesson with it’s gently encouraging profound words from my first teacher, Astrid Cox, are moments I will never forget. Light bulbs switched on in my mind like a Disney cartoon with heavenly choirs of birds and angels rejoicing! It was a visual wonder movie in my mind’s eye and a giant relief to my entire being. I knew in that first lesson that, not only was I going to be OK from the incredibly painful spasms that I was experiencing in my neck, but that I wanted to learn to teach The Alexander Technique. I had found my calling.

 

It took another few years of thinking about and practicing the Alexander Technique and having lessons before I started my training with the late, great Don Burton. It was the most wonderful three years of my life. 1600 hours of experiential bliss! I loved my fellow trainees with all my heart. Our year group was nicknamed the The Fellside Pack of Dogs with our one for all and all for one love for each other, and the teachers were fantastic and inspiring. The three years worth of hands-on work and all that went with it, quite simply transformed everything. Alexander Technique hands-on work is like no other that I have experienced and will always open doors of perception and increase one’s knowledge on many levels.

 

Over the 3 years my artwork blossomed. Some evenings I would stay late at the school, alone in the movement studio, and by morning the whole studio would be filled with a new exhibition of art work. My creativity was releasing along with everything else. That was over twenty years ago. Since then I have worked as an Alexander Technique teacher and artist in equal measures, and for me, one would not have been possible without the other. It has been a lot of fun and moved me forward in ways I could never have imagined.

(Jamie McDowell recently sent me a photo of this art piece that I made at the time. So brilliant that he kept it. Thank you Jamie!)

 

What I love about the Alexander Technique is it opens doors – one gets the chance to work with all sorts of amazing people in all sorts of amazing places. What a joy. What an adventure. But what I most love is that at the heart of the work is a principle, a truth, a paradigm, that is as simple as it is profound, and works. Truly works. The word art is often used with Alexander Technique because one’s understanding and skills deepen and reveal more and more over time. As the saying goes, you get better at getting better. It is why people become passionate about it, or perhaps Alexander Technique opens up peoples passion. When you do start to find the lessons of the Alexander Technique, and that can start to happen in the first lesson, it reveals all. Alexander Technique is, I believe one way to the truth – a practical, loving, principled way, that sits well with all sorts of other disciplines such as music, the equestrian arts and dancing.

 

The reason I am writing all this is that I truly believe that training to be an Alexander Technique teacher with the rigours of a 1600 hour hands-on, in person training, is truly worthwhile. In this age of quick fixes and online courses I want to give a big cheer for a personal training that is life changing, educational, encourages responsibility, deepens ones awareness and self knowledge and has a principle at the heart of it that is both reliable, time tested and endorsed by the British Medical Journal.

 

Committing to an Alexander Technique Teacher training course was both the hardest and best choice I ever made. All other choices have just got easier!

 

So to all the people who I have ever worked with … a massive thank you and a big recommendation to anyone considering committing to a training course – yes, it is a three years of your life, but you will LOVE it.

‘Letting Go’

Cartoon by Kirsten Harris

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On Being Wiggly – part 2

I’m wiggly

You’re wiggly

It’s wiggly!

 

Thinking about what is wiggly and what is straight has really been influencing my relationship with the world around me and my thinking. I guess one of the great joys of teaching is that you end up teaching yourself!  On Being Wiggly (part 1 here.)

 

On wiggly walking –

Until recently wiggly walking might have been a bit Marylyn Monroe, ‘let those hips wiggle sexy lady’,  but now being a wiggly walker is more than that.

 

When I walk in the countryside my body has to wiggle to constantly adjust to the environment in a mobile way. The bones and muscles of my body are shifting and flowing to cope with the wiggliness of an uneven ground. My whole self is in a constant state of adjustment and refinement to the environment –  heightened awareness. My body moves not just in a forward and upwards way, but in a wiggly forward and upwards, downwards, roundabout, blending, absorbing, changing, readjusting kind of way.

 

When I walk in the city, I notice my innate wiggliness is largely lost. The linear, flat, straight, man made environment is influencing the way I use my body. I am no longer being called upon to allow the wiggle of planet earth up through my body in order to adjust to the terrain in such a mobile elastic contour shaping way. In the city there is no need to allow such freedom in the expansive way that the countryside demands. The flat pavement flattens and possibly hardens both my movement and my thinking! Walking is easier in one way, in that you have to think less to stay balanced, but is it really easier if the body is not moving and adjusting in the way that it is designed to do in a wiggly world?

 

A couple of weeks ago I visited a fairly recently abandoned traditional village in Oman. The houses were a direct reflection of the wiggly mountain landscape. Hand built not machine built. This was a wiggly higgledy piggledy organically constructed man made world. This is how our ancestors lived until relatively recently – in a more naturally formed architecture.

 

I realise that both my thoughts and movability change as I think about the differences between the wiggly and straight worlds that I inhabit. I have started to notice when my thoughts are ‘flat’ and ‘straight’ and when I allow my thinking to move in the wiggly flow.

 

It is really rather lovely living in a wiggly world!

 

 

A Mountain path, Oman

Mountains, Oman

Abandoned village at the base of the mountain

 

 

 

 

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How do you make decisions?

How do you make decisions?

 

Ever since I started working with the Alexander Technique as a stressed out ex art student, I realised that this technique is an amazing tool for decision making. It is a tool that I have used ever since that has not only informed my art but made my life better too.

 

Yesterday in a conversation with a friend, who seems to have been going round and round in circles over-analysing the same situation for months but never making a decision, I shared my process in the hope that it might give her a useful tool, and so I share it here curious if this works for you too.

 

The wonderful life transforming direction ‘I let my neck be free’ is a barometer for me. If my neck is not free, why not? What is it about the situation, thought, person etc that my ‘true’ self is not happy with. An instant neck tightening (a bit like a dog putting his hackles up) is giving me information about my emotional (psychco-physical) reaction to a situation.  My job is to notice. If I ignore and proceed anyway it usually takes me out of the flow and gets me into trouble in some form or another!

 

If my neck is free I am in the flow and I can proceed.

If my neck is not free, it is like an amber light, slow down, stop, recalibrate the thinking. Notice what I am thinking and feeling.

 

If I need a yes/no answer I ask my heart – ‘Is it in my/the highest interest to do this?’

If the answer is ‘Yes’ I get a nice warm melty feel in my neck and heart area.  If the answer is ‘No’, my body hardens or tightens in some way. Easy peasy. Decision made. My response – ability allows me to take responsibility for my decision and my choices.

 

Of course I am not discounting analysing data and facts etc, I just know for me I would get stuck in my head doing that as my only way to move forward. I have to feel whether something is right. If my neck is tight it is not right, If my heart is soft and my neck is free and easy, decision made … forward flow.

Horsemanship has a word for it – Feel.

 

When I am in the flow there are no wrong decisions, just a life lived with an open heart.

 

How about you? How do you make decisions?

 

‘If Wishes Were Horses’

by Kirsten Harris

 

This drawing and others in the series exploring lightness and freedom are available as Limited Edition hand signed, titled and numbered black and white prints via my website www.kirstenharrisart.com

A4 £20 / $28

A3 £30 / $48

Free postage worldwide if you purchase more than one print.

 

 

 

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What is the Alexander Technique? 12 – 14 Year Olds Answer

What is the Alexander Technique?’

 

12 year olds 

 

‘I wear glasses, it is a bit like that. I have to clean my glasses so I can see. If I do Alexander Technique it gets my body clearer.’ Marcello

 

‘It’s like opening up a new world, new ideas, a different way to do things and think about things.

Every time I see myself doing a habit, like putting my hands in my pockets, I stop and do the right thing and it feels better.’ – Sid

 

‘A way to be free and feel a bit more open and keep your body moving in the way it should’ Elian

 

‘It helps you learn how to make sure your body doesn’t get all stiff as you get older by, for example, how to rehydrate your intervertebral discs and by teaching us how to take care of our bones and things.’ Edward

 

‘It teaches how to be at ease with yourself’ Amalie

 

‘It helps you have a good stance and keep your body in shape.’ Scott

 

13 year olds 

 

‘Alexander Technique is like being wirelessly charged. You can just charge up anywhere by plugging into the space and forward and up’ Xander

 

‘Its a form of letting go, all the tension is released and not part of me, for example I notice when I get annoyed my neck gets tight.’ Amelia

 

‘It is something constant that keeps you sane. With it running in the background all the time you have a  kind of level, it keeps you level. And when you are completely focussed on it, like in semi supine, you can put everything else to the side (it is still there, you haven’t forgotten about it) but when you come back you maybe have a different view of it.’ Esme

 

‘When you walk around school you are like a fizzing snow globe and when you lie down it all floats to the bottom.’ Xander

 

‘It’s a chance to be yourself, you true self, not the one that is stuck or has bad habits, but the real you. It’s like finding your inner queen’. Alicia

 

‘It is finding a way to be calm and not full of stress and stuff. You can be who you want to be and not who other people want you to be.’ Josie

 

14 year olds

 

‘Alexander Technique is being mindful about your body and knowing the mindfulness of your body. Mindful can be letting bad thoughts out of your body, not being tense and having balance and poise. It’s how to cater for your body and how it wants to be. It teaches you how to release physical pain and mental stress which can be interlinked. Even if I try to think about Alexander Technique in my every day life there is still a build up of tension by the time I get to Tuesday. It’s getting less though.’ Lucy

 

‘It is a way of thinking about the mind and our place in the world. It helps you know your body and understand your thinkings influence’. Mika

 

‘Alexander Technique helps you have a good perspective on life and how to deal with situations, developing a thoughtful mindset and attitude and how to channel emotions – knowing when to let go and when to be more confident with yourself. It helps you understand other people and then get a different outlook and be able to put yourself in their shoes. When you lie down and let go you free all the negative things and have better vibes.’ Anna

 

It makes you feel more positive. Sometimes things can feel overwhelming. When you take a few minutes out of the day and become more aware it helps everything become more bite sized. It makes you better at being better because when your doing anything you can think a bit of Alexander Technique and it just does its thing and you’re like ‘Cool!’ ‘ Maisie

 

Alexander Technique doesn’t take a lot to get the gist of. It’s more about the attitude you have and letting yourself understand there is a bigger variety of things you can do it with. You can tell anyone what Alexander Technique is, but it takes a lot of open mindedness to really understand it. It’s really helpful and useful and has lots of uses to it but it is really how you use it and process it in your mind that is important. It doesn’t take much time to have that moment to just listen up a little bit and let go.’ Marie

 

Is it useful to learn the Alexander Technique at school?

 

12 year olds

 

‘Yes, because pretty much what you do all day at school is sit down and slump. So Alexander Technique helps that habit disappear. I enjoy Alexander Technique and feel a lot happier so I don’t need to slump, but sometimes when I am in a bad mood I can’t resist slumping down. We all have bad days sometimes’. Elian

 

‘All the other lessons have rules and in AT there are still rules but it’s different because this is more focussing on me rather than learning about things and facts. This is learning about how we are made up and bones and stuff and how it works.’ Marcello

 

It helps you in your future life a lot as you know a lot of information about your bones and muscles and know how to control your body and look after yourself.  Elian

 

Yes, it is really fun. If you’re in say a bad mood you come to Alexander Technique and you feel different and a lot calmer and ready for the rest of the day. It’s definitely making me feel more confident. I do get nervous, especially before performing, but then I think to myself what is the worse thing that can happen it will be over soon and then I use the Alexander Technique and it helps me be calm. It is a different kind of confidence thinking forward and up and it feels like things will go well if I keep thinking forward and up.’ Sid

 

13 year olds 

 

‘Yes! It is fun and interesting. It is a high point in the day. Its an essential!’ Xander

 

You stop and think and stop worrying and find space to think. It is almost like taking time out gives you more time. Esme

 

It’s that one part of the day when you can just stop and let go. It also helps having a nice teacher! Write that down miss!’ Amelia

 

It is useful to learn Alexander Technique at school and get in the habit of letting go because some people are just so stressed it becomes their life.

I recognise in myself now that I have been too hyper and that is not a nice character. I’ve learned to pause and have more self control. I put myself in the mindset before a class to be calm.’ Xander

 

Specifically at high school there is a lot of pressure on students to always be focussed and study and do homework but Alexander Technique is time to yourself to focus and breath and sort out everything in your mind. It’s a skill to focus on one thing at once by clearing everything out of your mind.’ Esme

 

Yes, it is fun! It is probably useful to everyone and it relates to every thing.’ Josie

 

‘It relates to a lot of students lives because a lot of students are not free and confident in themselves. It helps not only yourself but it helps you understand other people and where they are coming from. It makes you more aware of your surroundings and yourself. You only have one body for the rest of your life so it is useful to learn how to look after it properly.’ Alicia

 

14 year olds 

 

‘It helps me understand myself, my strengths and weaknesses. School is quite a stressful place so it is useful to have a skill like this to help you.’ Anna

 

If I am nervous in a situation thinking forward and up helps me calm down. School is stressful for a lot of people so Alexander Technique helps stop that extra stress that comes when you hunch over. If you don’t learn it at high school when do you learn it? Primary school seems to young and by the time you leave school its almost too late, because if you have a habit now you’ve got that habit.’ Mika

 

‘Because school is most of our day and our interactions are mainly with people of our own age Alexander Technique is useful because it gives you a shared language that helps you feel more comfortable around people and if everyone is like that it creates a good feeling.  It is good having a strong yes or no. This helps you connect with people and have a better relationship. Teens minds are more malleable so influencing them with positive thinking is a really positive thing to do because it’s more likely to influence them and their relationships for the rest of their lives.’ Dom

 

‘It helps me feel comfortable in my own body and know why I should feel comfortable’ Lucy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If You Want to Set a Goal Don’t Tell The Devil!

New Years Day, Tinto Hill, South Lanarkshire, Scotland

 

I was listening to the philosopher Alan Watts (1915 – 1973) on You Tube and he came out with a fantastic line that resonated for the new year – ‘If you want to set a goal don’t tell the devil!’ In other words don’t let anyone know what that big goal is, let alone the devil in you!

 

If you make a big goal and announce it to your self you are very less likely to achieve it. The wee devil sitting on your shoulder will listen and do all it can to trip you up. I know I have heard myself declare a goal and even at the time there’s a voice inside going ‘really!?’

 

So, you have to trick that devilish side of your own entirely normal human nature and make any goals appear small and stupidly simple. Not really goals at all!  For example if fitness is your goal don’t say ‘I am going to get really fit this year’, simply go for a walk today, do a few stretches right now. If not drinking is your new years resolution – just don’t drink today, don’t declare you’re not drinking ever again, or having a dry January, you probably won’t achieve it. If you want to be more creative, do it now. A drawing starts with one line. So simple. A blog with the first sentence. Don’t set yourself the goal of creating a masterpiece, how scary.

 

You get the idea? Make change one small step at a time or the devil will have fun proving you wrong and disrupting your big plan. It makes sense to me.

 

When I first started teaching a very wise friend said to me – ‘Don’t be disheartened if folk sign up to your evening classes and only a few stalwarts finish the course. Don’t take it personally or think it reflects on your teaching. Their higher self signs up for the class thinking self improvement is a wonderful idea, the lower self will look out of the window after a couple of weeks and think ‘it is too dark tonight, too chilly out there, there is a something good on the telly, missing one class won’t matter!’

If the lower self wins once, the game is on the way to being lost, the devil has hung you on his noose and it will just get tighter. Perhaps that’s the reason there are so many millions of pounds wasted in unused gym memberships, or drawers full of unused art materials. The world is full of unacted upon good intention.

 

(On the subject of gyms, personally I think they are a bit immoral: grown adults running on treadmills when there are so many folk needing help in the world and surely at the very least those treadmills and machines could produce electricity to power the gyms! Don’t shoot me gym lovers, perhaps it’s my wee devil just having a rant!)

 

So, my new years resolution is to make changes one teeny tiny step at a time, and from an Alexander Technique point of view that’s one thought at a time. I am keeping my goals easy – ‘I let my neck be free!’ The devil ain’t catching me out!

 

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Lean on Me

‘Lean on me …. We all need somebody to lean on’ – A lyric! A truth?

 

What happens if someone leans on you? Can you look after yourself? Or will that leaning push you over, cause you to crumple, to collapse? Will you feel resentment or stress from the pressure of someone leaning? And what if you lean and the support is taken away, or not there? Will you fall? …

 

Teaching the other day, I noticed, as my pupil talked about the stress she was feeling from her friend leaning on her emotionally, that physically her whole structure de-powered too. Literally, within the thoughts of the emotionally difficult situation, she lost her inner power, her poise, her balance, her solidity, her ‘self’. She described herself as crumpling and withering under the strain of the relationship. She looked in pain.

 

I have been developing my teaching over the years based on understanding the simplicity, power and application of Alexander’s direction ‘forward and up’. Much of this teaching is done hands-off, and came about from teaching Alexander Technique to children in a school context, where traditional ‘hands-on’ Alexander Technique is not possible.

 

As we took the ‘forward and up’ lessons into the consideration of the difficult situation, she became clearer and clearer about what was happening psycho-physically, observing the effects of the unbalanced relationship with her friend.  There were several ‘Aha’ moments. I then spontaneously decided to physically lean on her from the side. What happened? Well she started to collapse of course. I asked her to push back, to do what was needed to look after herself and not let herself be leaned on.

 

Something amazing happened.

As she pushed back and uprighted her own physical structure, mine righted itself too. We both stood side by side perfectly in balance. As the leaner, I literally ‘popped’ into balance as she came into balance.

We swapped roles, to observe how it felt being the leaner and the leaned upon.  We noticed that it takes a real mental and physical decision to decide not to be leaned on, but to look after your own balance instead. And that decision brought with it poise and a feeling of happiness.

 

It was a wonderful physical metaphor and moment, because it was so clear to us both that it is by learning to look after ourselves we truly look after another. We both felt whole and complete. (I am looking forward to doing more experiments with this, and wanted to write this blog as much for myself as anything so as to not forget.)

 

So those lyrics, perhaps rewritten would be ‘don’t lean on me if you need a friend’,  let’s help each other stand in our own truth, balance and power instead, even if it takes a bit of sustained conscious psycho-physical ‘effort’, a bit of a push from ground level to think ourselves up!

 

I came out of that teaching situation thinking for the umpteenth time that the Alexander Technique is wonderful –  so simple and profound, an ongoing journey of self discovery.

 

(Funny that the song ‘Lean on Me’ was written by a man named Bill Withers!)

 

If you have never had an Alexander Technique lesson, I would recommend it as number 1 on your 2018 bucket list! Find a teacher in your area.

 

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Is it useful learning Alexander Technique at School and if so, why?

Every now and then I check in with the school children I teach to find out what they are learning from Alexander Technique. Here are some answers from class –

 

‘It is useful learning Alexander Technique at school because it teaches me how to go from really hyper to really relaxed quickly. It helps me stay calm and not react. When I do sports and things it helps me not get aches and pains. It also keeps me calm for exams, because I can switch off nervousness and get focussed instead.’ Alisia, age 13

 

‘My mum’s started to say my posture is better and I notice in the mirror I am not slouching.’ Josie, age 13

 

‘It trains your mind whilst you are still learning so you can get into good habits while you are still young.’ Anna, age 13

 

‘It’s changing habits for the younger generation, so that they don’t inherit the previous generations flaws. It is good to start at a young age at high school because we then have guidance as to what will benefit you most, what is right for you, which makes it easier to live a day to day life.’ Josie, age 13

 

‘Alexander Technique helps you let go. It gives you another perspective. So it is not so stressful dealing with annoying people at school, or people who find you annoying.’ Josie, age 13

 

‘It slows everything down and helps you appreciate every second. You notice everything, all the senses and sounds. Maisie, age 14

 

‘School is stressful and when you do Alexander Technique it helps you remember how calm and open you can be.’  Esme, age 13

 

‘If you have done Alexander Technque in a room in the school and then you go back into it another time the room reminds you to feel calm. That is why it is good doing it in school.’ Josie, age 13

 

‘You feel more responsible for your body and you get the gist of how it works more. That makes you feel safer and more comfortable.’ Marie age 14

 

‘I find I concentrate more after Alexander Technique and stay focussed in class. I find  am kinder and nicer to people after doing Alexander Technique.’ Xander age 13

 

‘It is tiring and busy at school. Alexander Technique gives you half a period to put things into perspective and think about keeping yourself healthy. It doesn’t take long in Alexander Technique but it helps it make possible all the things we have to do. I get better results when I take a break and gather my thoughts.  Xander age 13

 

‘It helps you concentrate. It helps you learn a different way of learning.’ Mika, age 14

 

‘It’s fun learning about your body.’ Lucy, age 14

 

‘It teaches you awareness, it helps you pay attention and listen to your body and be in the moment. It helps you let go and unwind.’ Dominic, age 14

 

‘It makes me think about things I’ve never thought about before about my body. It makes me aware of myself which is useful because it makes me more interested in how I am.’ Stephanie, age 15

 

‘I think Alexander Technique helps you mentally and physically. For example, if you have aches – people don’t realise that it is yourself that is making it happen!

It makes you self aware with your interactions with other people and your interactions with yourself. It makes you strong minded or strong willed enough to stand your ground when you are confronted with people or situations that can be tricky or difficult to deal with, especially at school when there is the stress of peer pressure.’ Hannah, age 16

 

‘It helps me be less reactive. You become more open minded to new ideas and different ideas, rather than saying ‘no that won’t work.’ You don’t jump to conclusions as easily. Esme, age 13

 

‘It helps you be more comfortable with your decisions.’ Dominic, age 14

 

‘I helps with your confidence speaking to people, you look and feel more confident.’ Mika, age 15

 

‘When I open up my body, I open up my mind’ Xander, age 13

 

If you are interested in Alexander Technique for your children, here are two things that I have produced that may be of interest

 

Body Magic, audio download for semi supine

The Daily Ease – A Walk in the Woods, a colouring story book

 

 

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Alexander Technique Drawings

Page from The Daily Ease – A Walk in the Wood Colouring Book

 

I have been slowly working away creating images that hopefully express Alexander Technique in a fun way. A task that I find exceedingly challenging, but very engaging.

 

One teacher, who phoned to ask to use one of my cartoons to promote her work within the BBC, said ‘the Alexander Technique needs more images with a sharp wit like these.’ Amazing feedback!

 

Another teacher said I was wasting my time making art to promote our work!

 

An interesting difference of opinion.  I love Alexander Technique and how it can so simply and profoundly transform peoples lives. If I can do a wee bit to bring it into peoples field of attention via a cartoon or a verse or something else, yippee! To me that attempt is not a waste of time.

 

What do you think?

 

I plan to make more Alexander Technique inspired cartoons and drawings next year and I want to plant trees, to do my bit for this beautiful planet we live on!

 

This year I made an Alexander Technique inspired colouring story book for children and adults. All profits will be used to plant trees.The Daily Ease – A Walk in the Woods,  link here!

 

It is the sort of thing as a child I know I would have loved, and I think would have given me a ‘heads up’ on some useful thinking …

 

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‘Hedgehog – Feeling a Bit Prickly!’

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‘News – Skeleton Slumps at Screen!’

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Hard Cheese!

Hard Cheese! by Kirsten Harris

 

Thirty three vertebrae

Support the body through the day

They’re your inner building bricks

Stack them well, let’s not be thick!

 

Disease, perhaps a lack of ease?

A painful back and hips and knees?

Our thirty-three spinal bones

Give support – a snake-like home

 

A slumping spine becomes C-shaped

Oh messed up human, misshaped  ape!

Don’t curl the spine and squash the heart

That’s never clever for a start!

 

Between the vertebrae are discs

Slumping puts these discs at risk

Those squishy sponges separate

The bone from bone – so they don’t grate

 

When you’re young they’re full and squishy

Later on they may get iffy

Worn down, thin and hard like cheese

Think up, spine long, before they freeze

 

Your discs are spongy spacing strips

Between the bones. Don’t slump! They’ll slip!

And then you’ll end up feeling bad

In dreadful pain, just like my dad

 

Ease out enough before you’re forty

Risky discs won’t be so naughty

Lie down and rest on a hard floor

Chill out and let your discs restore

 

Lie down, take time: semi-supine

Expands and balances your spine

Allow each sponge to rehydrate

It’s only seventeen minutes to wait!

 

(The spine is made up of 7 cerivcal, 12 thoracic, 5 lumbar, 5 fused sacral and 3/5 coccygeal vertebrae)

 

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I am interested in presenting the Alexander Technique in ways that children will hopefully enjoy and remember. I don’t claim to be the worlds greatest poet, far from it! However, a rhyme can be a quick and easy way of presenting information to discuss. It always seems to engage the teenagers I work with. They particularly remember the words ‘hard cheese’ when I teach this bit of anatomy.

 

The late Don Burton used the description of hard cheese to describe the change of consistency that occurs in intervertebral discs as we get older. I have stolen his description as a title and idea for this verse. Thank you Don, for your continued inspiration!

 

More stuff from me –
I have recently made an Alexander Technique colouring book CLICK HERE.

 

You don’t need to be into colouring to buy this. It is a teaching resource – an artists perspective on the Alexander Technique.

The colouring in bit just adds another dimension of interactivity and interest.

All profits will be used to plant trees.

 

The Daily Ease – A Walk in the Woods Colouring Story Book

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Free postage in the UK
Email me for international postage – kirstenfharris@btopenworld.com

 

Body Magic – Link to audio for semi supine to help you take care of yourself.

Breathe link to audio lessons

 

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It’s all about the words …

I was showing my Alexander Technique colouring books to one of the teenagers I teach yesterday, who totally got what it was all about …

 

‘I get this’, she said ‘Those adults who do colouring to destress, actually need the words and understanding of what to think as they are colouring in. This is a really good idea, you get to have something to think about. You get to learn about Alexander Technique through the words and different animal characters.’

 

I drove home thinking that she is right. The words are actually the most important part of this colouring book. Making a colouring book is simply a vehicle for some AT wisdom.

 

And so to add another anecdote….

 

My friend was staying over the weekend and couldn’t understand why I had to go to the Post office straight away to post a colouring book.

 

‘Why the hurry, it is not as though it is a legal document’, she quipped!
‘No, it is more important, it is a transformational document!’ I quipped straight back. For once I had a perfect reply!

 

 

To find out more Click HERE for The Daily Ease A Walk in the Woods Colouring Book. For adults and children.

 

All profits will be used to plant trees. Free postage in the UK. Please email me for international postage. kirstenfharris@btopenworld.com

 

 

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The Giraffe

The Giraffe by Kirsten Harris

 

‘You’re having a laugh’ said the baby giraffe
‘If you think I’m going up there!
I’ve no head for heights, they give me a fright
I don’t want to be tall, it’s not fair!’

 

‘Your thinking’s absurd’ twittered the bird
Looping high fives in the air
‘Forward! Up to the zone, for a confident home
Think up, planet up, it’s a dare!’

 

‘I’m shy’ he replied ‘I’ve no time for the sky
It’s odd and it’s weird being me
I’ll slump and I’ll slouch, it won’t hurt much … Oh ouch!
My neck doesn’t feel very free!’

 

‘Structure your bones like a house’, said the mouse
‘To balance your head without care
Free your neck in your mind. Think up, you will find
You’re giraffey not mousey –  so there!’

 

The thing that is strange is how it is arranged
The giraffe, the wee mouse, even me:
Seven bones in the neck, yes the same – what the heck …
Am I human or mouse? Which is me?

 

(Think I’ll be a giraffe!)

 

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I’ve painted giraffes many times since this amazing encounter in Botswana 20 years ago. I had the idea then to write something Alexander Technique inspired about a giraffe. It has only taken  twenty years for the idea to be born in this verse. Hope you like it. I want to do a better illustration next.

 

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Something else you might like –  HERE is a link to an Alexander Technique colouring book. Each double page spread has AT inspired prose and a drawing to colour … for anyone who wants to share or learn AT in an easy, different way …

The Daily Ease, A Walk in the Woods Colouring Book

 

What people are saying – “Within the words and magical illustrations are lots of wonderful reminders of the wisdom and teachings of the Alexander Technique and how they can be so easily incorporated into our daily life to bring us ease and flow.” Sally, Scotland

 

 

 

 

 

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Why an Alexander Technique Colouring Book?

A few months ago I was speaking to a friend who was suffering from anxiety and suggested she buy a colouring book. It struck me how fabulous it would have been to have been able to give her an Alexander Technique inspired one. An idea was born!

 

As an artist I know that the act of painting, drawing, colouring … does something really beneficial to the brain. Maybe one switches nervous system (sorry no science here). For sure, the absorption into creativity allows a lot of processing of ‘stuff’ to take place.

 

So, the idea of The Daily Ease colouring book is to present Alexander Technique in a way that is simple, fun and not too worthy! Weaving ideas into the activity of walking and being in nature seemed a great way to do it.

 

I also wanted to make something that is a teaching tool for all ages, children included.

 

A 50 year old male friend read it the other day and said ‘This is making me want to go for a walk!’ As walking is the most heathy total body exercise, inspiring someone to walk more has got to be a good thing.

 

What people are saying –

 

‘Within the words and magical illustrations are lots of wonderful reminders of the wisdom and teachings of the Alexander Technique and how they can be so easily incorporated into our daily lives to bring us ease and flow. Kirsten’s book combines her wonderful warmth and humour with her gift for art, her love of nature and her passion for the Alexander Teachings in a way that is accessible for everyone. This is more than a colouring book. It is a delightful, gentle, joyous book of wisdom for all ages.’

Sally, Scotland

 

 

The Daily Ease A Walk in the Woods

Written and illustrated by Kirsten Harris

Hand drawn and written with love

All profits will be used to plant trees

 

Link to buy here

 

(Free postage in the UK. Please email me for postage worldwide. Ignore the thing that says ‘local pick up only’ on my website, haven’t figured out how to change it yet! Ho hum!)

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Ki – How I Discovered Alexander Technique

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Here’s a girl, nick-name Ki

Yup, a verse, all about me

A teenager who slumped and slouched

Growled and groaned, and then BIG OUCH!

My back packed up, could take no more

Age 24, in pain on the floor

 

It happened quite out of the blue

While turning for paper on the loo

That little twist, the final straw

My slumped tight muscles finally swore

 

Muscle spasm, extreme pain

The doctor came, but nothing gained

The collar to hold my neck was thick

The pills he gave me made me sick

Puking with a neck in spasm

My brain to body, there was a chasm

 

One day, a visiting friend, an actor

Showed me what was the matter

‘At drama college we learned Alexander Technique

So simple, profound, amazing, unique’

 

‘Let me show you how to lie

Your head on books, knees to the sky …

Just rest … let your mind begin to go …

Into your body, let it flow … ‘

 

‘The pain is your body shouting ‘KI LISTEN!’

There is no need to stay in prison

For that is what your body’s become

You’re stuck in your head, it’s really quite dumb!’

 

From that moment I could see

That Alexander Technique was for me

‘Let it go!’ I’d found a key

To learn to let my neck be free

 

Opening my thinking as I go

Not to arrive or be perfect, just to flow

To let my life a journey unravel

As freely forward and up I can travel

Noticing habits that put me wrong

Like a clamped up, held tight tongue

 

I’ve learnt this technique bit by bit

And am still learning, come to think of it

For there is no destination, perfect or right

It’s a moving journey, travelling light!

 

That was 30 years ago and I still LOVE Alexander Technique. If you would like o find out more why not check out my download BODY MAGIC here. 2 x 25 minute lessons for semi supine aka constructive rest.

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Mind the Gap!

Mind the gap!

What does that mean to you?

 

I have been thinking about the gap, that space between one phase and another.

A place to fall or a place to float?

Actors call it ‘resting’ or ‘taking time out.’

From an Alexander Technique perspective that is constructive, but often the space between things, the gap, is an uncomfortable place for folk.

 

‘Mind the gap!’ The announcer says as you board the train about to embark on your journey to your next destination, the next commitment.

‘Mind the gap!’ In other words don’t fall into the space between where you are and where you want to go – stretch your self a little and take a purposeful step forward and up and onto the train, into the flow of your next direction. Be aware there is a space that you can fall into and it can hurt.

 

Mind the gap …

Think about the space between things …

The space between you and another, you and the environment, your thoughts and your movement …

(In horsemanship it is called the float. Floating in water aka Art of Swimming reveals the space in amazing ways too.)

 

There is a big gap above your head, the big up, the up that is up there, the up that takes us up, the space that supports us and eases us … Do you mind that gap?

There is magic there!

 

Folk often fall into the gap when something finishes.

One thing ends another has not started, a gap, OMG what am I going to do next? Scary Mary!

Suddenly there is no distraction, no other to bounce off. What is left is Me!

Oh! Now what?

Oh, I am not happy ..

Oh, I don’t like this …

Oh, this is boring …

Oh, um I have nothing to do ..

I am lonely …

 

The gap is vulnerable and about vulnerability.

I believe consciously allowing the gap transforms vulnerability to strength …

Inner Strength

Psycho-physical strength

It is anatomical

It is Alexander Technique

It is art

It is perhaps The Art!

 

My musician friend and I talked about the gap as the space between the in breath and the out breath

The moment of nothing

The pause

Conscious intention … Breathe …Flow

One creative project finishes another has not started. Mind the gap. A breather. You have given out,  pause,  it will flow in again.

 

My spiritual healer friend talked about the gap as meaning

Remember to Ground And Protect

 

Translated thus – Remember (mind – air) to ground (earth) and protect (fire and water).

Remember earth, air fire and water.

Mind the gap – good plan for planet earth methinks!

Look after you and the earth! It is the only thing to do.

Be in your element in the elements.

 

Do you mind the gap daily – the space between the ground and the top of your head, do you mind where you are in space so you don’t just get pulled down into the gap, the slump?

Do you regularly take moments to just be in the nothing, a dot in the void expanding.

 

As an artist minding the gap is to be aware of the space between me and the canvas ..

Between the intention and the artwork …

Between the idea and the blog …

An unknown series of events flowing when I commit to the journey unfolding …

Good, surprising, exhilarating, disastrous …Who knows?

Commit and find out … allowing a gap, space in your life to create, the paintbrush taking you forward …

 

The gap is the space between you and me aka the relationship, the us.

Do we need someone else to fill the gap or can we allow space?

What is happening in the gap? Is it a sweet spot or toxic?

 

How do we bridge the gap individually, at one, our awareness keen to the known and the unknown?

There are always pitfalls … face the fear and jump … let go and let god … let go and let good …. the sayings are many.

 

Letting go in semi supine, consciously resting, allowing bridges of consciousness to build is profound.

Stopping this way lets magical amazing planet earth help us find psycho – physical unity, our unique at oneness.

 

So, your intuition is saying, mind the gap, and you don’t!?

 

Falling into the gap can be disastrous and painful.

We can have an expectation that someone else is going to support us, love us, stop us falling through the gap, and they let us down, intentionally so sometimes.

We thought that we were on the same train and they railroad us.

Our expectation and reality did not match. There is a gap.

The man falls into a hole story comes to mind. We will fall into the same hole more than once.

So what?!

We learn eventually to make another choice.

 

And if it is disastrous and hurts, then definitely mind the gap. Ground and protect. Semi supine and recalibrate. Breathe. Create lush space for you, no invaders. Don’t fall deeper into the hole with thoughts like ‘I am not good enough, worthy enough, talented enough, likeable enough, no one cares anyway …’

 

Planet Earth supports us if we let it! The gap closes. Time heals. Stopping is wonderful. Wait a while on the platform another train will come along. This time you have more awareness.

 

The gap then becomes a positive resting place between the action.

A place to look after ourselves.

A gap year, a gap second ….  a gap 20 minutes?

Mind the gap, a conscious constructive pause in which to think, intend, move forward, direct your thinking, ease into the space all around ….

Time to chose, time to change.

Time to say No for a while to all that chatter ‘n’ stuff.

You can’t change and stay the same.

So you consciously Mind the Gap instead.

 

The gap can be an uncomfortable place mentally and physically. Not just falling into the gap – trust is required to jump over the gap onto the train and into the new journey and trust is also required to find the way into our inner glorious space radiating too.

Our space on this fine earth is a vulnerable place, but it is also a magical space.

 

We fill our space with so much stuffy stuff maybe because we don’t want to feel the space, be in the unknown, listen to the mysterious, feel the enormity, so stuff feels better than the gap. Chatty chatty busy busy human doings bumping into each other and falling into holes all over the place. Not just being OK right here right now. Resting in respect and awe.

Ease the Day more regularly … a practise for life. It’s body magic.

A bit of time out to learn to fall onto the ground consciously …aha, softer landings.

Falling and floating.

 

Easing out in our own amazing body magical and enjoy finding and filling the gaps and spaces so that when tricky sticky life circumstances, verbal attacks, harsh words, unmet expectations arrive, which they will, our innate balance and understanding of ease stops us tripping and frightened, falling quite so painfully into the gap.BodyMagic_mobile

 

Transformation is available –  recalibrate and mind the gap …with conscious light, illuminating magic.

 

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Tongues!

Tongue Tied
by Kirsten Harris

 

Here’s a funny little question
That left unchecked will cause congestion
Let me ask you, ‘Where’s your tongue?’
Clamped to mouth’s roof you’ll be high strung!

 

It’s best to let your tongue go south
Resting in your lower mouth!
If yours is held and pressed up tight
You will never feel quite right!

 

Tongue Up’s part of the startle pattern
Best let it loose in the oral cavern
If it’s up, you’re stuck in fear
Let it rest! I hope that’s clear?

 

Up tongue’s reacting from a fright
Neck, shoulders, back become too tight
Horrid habit! Be aware
Down with tongues to clear the air

 

The tongue up habit clamps your jaw
At night your teeth you may well gnaw!
Your neck will tighten, your face will fix
This grimace habit is best to nix

 

Your shoulders seize, that clamps your lungs
All from an up held uptight tongue!
Tongue tied to the roof right now dispense
Immediately you’ll feel less tense

 

Just rest it in a ‘low jaw’ place
Think a smile and feel the space
Your tongue will widen when you smile
Your face will soften in a while

 

Breathing opens, energy increases
What do you notice when your tongue releases?
It may at first feel big, weird and wet …
Have you got the message yet?

 

The world will feel a better place
When tongue’s at rest in smiling face
Ask your friends ‘where is your tongue’
To change the habit is good fun

 

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Growl now if you’re a stress puppy?
I bet you’re habit is tongue ‘uppy!’
Family rows, disputes and fights?
Perhaps the family tongues not right

 

You’ll see it when friends thinking’s grim
Tongue up, jaw locked, tension within
‘Psychic glimpse’ of things not right?
Friends minds you’ll ‘read’ with this stress insight

 

The good news: things will change right now
With this wee gem of tongue know how
So down with tongues! You’ve heard me right
The tongue up habit’s just uptight!

 

 

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Humphrey!

I see with joy that a collage I made twenty odd years ago was in STAT news this month. Thank you Jamie, I love that you kept it so long! The quirky title –  ‘Because she had always been interested in animal rights she decided to free her neck!’

 

Seeing it again inspired me to share this mad cartoon …from a collection of daft verses and cartoons compiled over the years!

Those of you who signed up for my free creativity course will have come across one called Tongue Tied.

 

I have a new idea that combines art and Alexander Technique, the two loves of my life!

So today I publicly setting my intention and direction for the next few weeks  – to produce an Alexander Technique inspired colouring book in time for Christmas!

Cartoons and drawings to colour in yourself and verses that hopefully teach something wonderful in a fun way.

Suitable for children and adults too!

 

I have been listening to what the children I teach say they would like ….

The Daily Ease, Colouring Book!

An AT teaching and learning tool!

 

Please let me know if you are interested in my new project ….

Pencils are sharped and pens are at the ready to start drawing!

I will do it for my pupils anyway … but you might be interested too?

 

Oh and I will be exhibiting and selling all the original drawings during the Edinburgh Festival this August so I had better get busy.  …. Do get in touch if you are in Edinburgh or interested in being kept in the loop about the colouring book…

 

Hope you like ‘Humphrey’ – poem, drawing and pun! : )

 

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The collage done 20 years ago …

inspired by Alexander Technique.

 

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Alexander Technique Is Like Harry Potter World!

‘Forward and Up Witch’

 

Today at school one of the children announced –

 

‘Alexander Technique is fun! You’re like a teacher from Harry Potter world Miss! Alexander Technique is Magic.’

 

(Funny how an image of the fuzzy haired bespectacled divination teacher Professor Trelawney, played by Emma Thompson, sprung to mind! And then the flash of a thought that I hope they don’t think I am like Snape!)

 

But saying Alexander Technique is like Harry Potter world – what can I say – I love my job!

 

Here are a few more quotes  from 12 – 14 year olds yesterday –

‘We are lucky getting this as you learn life lessons like how to ignore annoying people. When you stop reacting you become kind of invisible and that person stops trying to annoy you!’

 

‘Alexander Technique is like looking from a different perspective. You see things in a different way. It is like walking into a new room that you have not been in before and you go ‘Wow!’.  It is like the world stops and you can ‘fix’ things, the mistakes, and then carry on in the normal fast world feeling better.’

 

‘School is stressful. Alexander Technique helps me destress by being more aware of myself.’

 

‘Pressure builds up in a school day. Alexander Technique is like taking the plug out and everything returns to normal.’

 

‘When you are in the zone you can let your mind be free and new ideas come easily. You forget about things that are worrying you.’

 

‘Alexander Technique is like a soother for a sore throat – in that it relieves pains and tensions.’

 

Magic quotes from magic kids!

 

Parents –  there are a host of wonderful magical Alexander Technique teachers worldwide! Maybe your children will think Alexander Technique is like Harry Potter world too!

 

For a link to Body Magic media download for semi supine aka constructive rest aka ‘The Zone’ –  click here 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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‘Doing Alexander Technique at School is Legendary!’

‘Doing Alexander Technique at school is legendary and you’re a legend Miss!’

Or so I was informed by a seventeen year old at the high school where I teach Alexander Technique yesterday!

‘Oh, that sounds good! Is it? No-one has ever called me that, in fact I am not entirely sure I know what legendary and being a legend means. We didn’t use that expression when I was at school.’

 

‘It is very good Miss, not everyone is a legend!’ (They proceeded to tell me which teachers were legends and which were not, but that is classified information!)

 

So here is the definition of why doing Alexander Technique at school is legendary from a  group of high school students in Scotland  –

 

‘A legend is laid back, cool, understands people, treats everyone equally and is confident but not cocky.’

‘A legend doesn’t make people feel bad about themselves.’

‘If you persist with Alexander Technique it helps you to become more of a legend as you treat people with more understanding. You notice things about other people that you wouldn’t notice before which makes you more understanding and able to relate to others which makes you more of a legend.’

‘You have to be in a group of people to establish whether someone is a legend.’

‘Having Alexander Technique body awareness allows you to be more individual and you don’t care what other think. Legends don’t care what others think, and often have some  quirky personality trait or thing that makes them stand out.’

‘Taking innovative, creative, fun time to do Alexander Technique is legendary. A legend would do that.’

‘A legend is kind, and does kind things for others.’

‘You are not necessarily a legend in everyone’s eyes.’

‘Doing Alexander Technique at school sets you apart from other people because it is distinctive and not mainstream. People don’t know what it is and that is legendary. Yoga is like Starbucks, it is mainstream of the health industry – like a caramel frappuccino. Alexander Technique is legendary, like a quadruple espresso, getting you high on life!’

 

So now you know  – Alexander Technique is legendary!

 

I love my job!

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Things you might like

Body Magic, audio download for semi supine, as pictured – CLICK HERE

An Alexander Technique inspired colouring story book – CLICK HERE

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101 Life Lessons from my Dog

101 Life Lessons from my Dog

by Kirsten Harris

 

1. Have a good stretch and yawn first thing in the morning. It feels great.

 

2. If there is a human being about lie on your back and get your tummy tickled. Tickling is happy.

 

3. Morning grooming sessions make you feel good for the day. Nobody likes a smelly dog.

Especially look after your feet. You can’t walk without them.

 

5. Eat your food with gusto and pure pleasure.

 

6. Drink plenty of water.

 

7. Be totally delighted to see your friends. Greet them with enthusiasm and joy.

 

8. Be fascinated by the sights, sounds and smells around you. The best things in life really are free.

 

9. Playing or going for a walk with someone is better than on your own. Run for Fun.

 

10. If you need to howl. Do it!

 

11. Smile and wag your tail a lot, it will keep your back free. Dance like a dog everyday.

 

12. It is OK to have a snooze in the day time. Dogs loves it when you lie on the floor. Be more dog and rest inbetween activity. It’s good for your back.

 

13. Get some training. Practise makes perfect. Being skilled is pure pleasure for you and the people around you.

 

14. It is possible to be totally relaxed and alert at the same time. Alexander Technique’s constructive rest (semi-supine) is the human equivalent of your dog sleeping with one eye open.

 

15. Worry Less. Muddy floors can be cleaned. Enjoy getting muddy feet in the first place.

 

16. Dont compare yourself with the other bitches! Be accepting.

 

17. It feels good to give and get strokes from others. Give and receive praise.

 

18. Make yourself pant breathlessly from having fun in the world at least once a day.

 

19. ‘NO!’ is a really important word. Use it.

 

20. Go outside several times a day to refresh yourself.

 

21 Have boundaries. Your space is your space, protect it from invaders.

 

22. Don’t pick fights. Stand up for yourself if necessary. Don’t cower, but exiting fast or going around something to avoid confrontation is often the best strategy. Fighting doesn’t occur if you know how to look after yourself.

 

23. Commitment brings joy.

 

24. Trust your instincts.

 

25. Everyday is an adventure. Going on trips is an adventure. Trust the unknown. Dogs never know what you have planned.

 

26. Ball games are fun.

 

27. Have a sense of humour and be a bit naughty sometimes.

 

28. Bugs, flies, moths and bees are fascinating.

 

29. Staying a dancing hands length away from being captured is a good game.

 

30. Have your own space, where you find peace and ease.

 

31. Sofas are great but sometimes it really is more comfortable to lie on the floor.

Rolling around on the floor is really really good too.

 

32. Different dogs have different energy levels and personalities. They are all loveable. Accept yourself.

 

33. Develop your listening skills.

 

34. Sitting at someone else’s feet is a mark of respect.

 

35 Be aware.

 

36. A little treat for a job well done makes life flow and brings happiness and joy.

 

37. Keep a little treat ‘up your sleeve’ at all times, you never know when you might need a reward.

 

38 Be loyal and honest. Dogs don’t lie.

 

39 A good companion and friend is the best thing in the world.

 

40. Walking everyday keeps you in good shape.

 

41. Some humans make better leaders than others and get more respect.

 

42. Slippers are great.

 

43. Toys that squeak must be destroyed as fast as possible.

 

44 It is important to respect cows, sheep and horses, but it is OK to chase crows out of the garden.

 

45 Some ‘cats’ are weird and need assessing before approaching.

 

46. Humans are a bit slow and clumsy but are generally nice and like to be loved

 

47. Humans that spend too long on the computer are boring and missing out on great opportunities for adventures and walks.

 

48. Humans don’t like arse licking.

 

49 Don’t chase cars.

 

50. Always look for the most comfortable place to sit. Sit nicely.

 

51 Find a favourite relaxation spot outside to watch the world go by.

 

52. Dogs are happy when you are happy. Be happy

 

53 The countryside is freer than the city. The beach is fantastic!

 

54. You can communicate with everyone, even if you don’t speak the same language. Be friendly to strangers.

 

55. Don’t hurt people. People don’t like being bitten.

 

56. Don’t steal other people’s stuff. Slippers are fair game!

 

57. Trust people unless they hurt you. Then refuse to go near them.

 

58. Breathe out deeply with contented pleasure when letting go into rest.

 

59. Explore your surroundings with new eyes and enthusiasm everyday. It is full of wonder and delight.

 

60. Respect the environment. Don’t ‘shit’ in someone else’s paradise. If you do, clear up the mess.

 

61. It is possible to be poised in activity. The eyes lead the body follows, watch a dog catch a ball, it will teach you how the body is co-ordinated.

 

62. It is OK to drop the ball.

 

63. Don’t worry. If you think it’s a dog’s life, be more dog.

 

64. Get messy. Use your body. Explore. Get your feet wet. Run into the sea. Dig in the earth. Enjoy Life.

 

65.  Everyday is a new opportunity to enjoy chasing and catching the ball! People will start buying balls if they know your passion, and come to visit just in order to share your passion with you!

 

66. Dogs are keenly aware if something different is going to happen … Putting shoes on to go out is a very exciting life event!

 

67. Watching the behaviour of others is interesting and gives insight! Your dog is watching you!

 

68. Think ahead! Forward planning can make life a lot easier. A dog won’t necessarily be caught just because that is what you want this very minute.

 

69. Give praise quickly. If it is a no, it is a no, if it is a yes, be quick with the praise too. Yes is the goal. Your no supports your yes! It’s anatomical!

 

70. Dogs can anticipate your next action. Maisie, my Cockerpoo, puts the ball where she thinks I am going next, she is invariably correct. My dog is mind reading me!

 

71. Dogs are very good human trainers!

 

72. Let sleeping dogs lie. There is truth in old wisdom. It gives you peace.

 

73. Dogs understand body language.

 

74. Dogs love it when you rest your hand on them and think into the back of it. Bliss! Alexander Technique non doing ‘hands on’ are an excellent and effective way for calming down a manic, crazy dog … over time!

 

75. Who cares about the weather when you can go OUTSIDE!

 

76. Get more Grrrrrr …. stronger boundaries and grrrreater passion for life! Anger and hyper energy can be very useful!

 

77. Passion and obsession are not so different! …. Really keep your eye on your favourite ball!

 

78. If one person doesn’t want to play with you, don’t worry! Someone else will play with you.

 

79. Dogs bring energy and enthusiasm into the room. Whoo hoo! Live life with energy and enthusiasm.

 

80. Chasing a dog that doesn’t want to be caught is a waste of time!

 

81. If it is not working with the dog do something else, be creative … Creativity keeps life interesting.

 

82. Not everyone loves your dog. But all that matters is that you do. Trust your own judgement. Trust your own love! Everyone deserves love!

 

83. Some dogs are messier than other. It is just who they are. They are not trying to mess up your life on purpose!

 

84. Not all dogs want to be fawned over, some dogs just like their own space. Free choice! Don’t take it personally!

 

85. ‘Some dogs mothers are bigger than other dogs mothers!’ (misquoted from The Smiths). We are all different … YAY!

 

86. No matter how small you are or think you are, you are important! You are allowed to take up your space.

 

87. People really don’t like being barked at!

 

88. There are different kinds of bark. Use your bark only in the case of emergency when you really need to get someones attention.

 

89. Dogs have an opinion too. Allow others their opinion. You don’t have to agree.

 

90. People are wonderful and to be greeted with enthusiasm. Most people will respond back accordingly. The odd one won’t. Don’t take it personally, it is their problem not yours!

 

91. You don’t need words to communicate love.

 

92. Be kind! Kindness will be rewarded with loyalty and companionship.

 

93. Dogs don’t take your grumpy mood personally. Don’t take things personally.

 

94. What is your stuff is your stuff, what is their stuff is their stuff.

 

95. Dogs know how to give you space if you are in a bad mood and will go find somewhere to hang out in their own happy space. Give people space if they need it.

 

96. Find the warmest and most comfortable place to lie down and let go completely.

 

97. Take the ‘plunge’ – even if you have never tried to ‘swim’ before you might like it. And if not, the shore is not far away.

 

98. Innocent but slightly eccentric behaviour can be misinterpreted badly. Be your quirky unique self even if people do misunderstand you. Don’t stop doing what makes you happy just because folk don’t get it!
(My dog likes to tickle her inside leg on the shoe of anyone sitting cross legged. This involves lifting her leg as though she were a male dog about to pee. Maisie is doing her ballet moves for fun!)

 

99. Dogs change your perception of life … A lone man walking a dog on a path is a man taking his dog for a walk. A man walking alone on a path is a potential threat! (sorry guys!)

 

100. Dogs love to meet and greet. Dogs bring people together. Strangers will talk to a dog where they might be shy to talk to you.

 

101.Love is unconditional.

 

My Motto after two and half years with a highly intelligent, hyperactive Cockerpoo affectionally known as Crazy Maisie is – ‘Be More Maisie!’

 

Animals can teach us daft humans a whole lot of life lessons …

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(Maisie will be meeting and greeting visitors to the exhibition!)

 

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101 Life Lessons from My Dog – Part 2 (66 – 101)

66. Dogs are keenly aware if something different is going to happen … Putting shoes on to go out is a very exciting life event!

 

67. Watching the behaviours of others is interesting and gives insight! Your dog is watching you!

 

68. Think ahead! Forward planning can make life a lot easier. A dog won’t necessarily be caught just because that is what you want this very minute.

 

69. Give praise quickly. If it is a no, it is a no, if it is a yes, be quick with the praise too. Yes is the goal. Your no supports your yes! It’s anatomical!

 

70. Dogs can anticipate your next action. Maisie my Cockerpoo, puts the ball where she thinks I am going next, she is invariably correct. My dog is mind reading me!

 

71. Dogs are very good human trainers!

 

72. Let sleeping dogs lie. There is truth in old wisdom. It gives you peace.

 

73. Dogs understand body language.

 

74. Dogs love it when you rest your hand on them and think into the back of it. Bliss! Alexander Technique non doing ‘hands on’ are an excellent and effective way for calming down a manic, crazy dog … over time!

 

75. Who cares about the weather when you can go OUTSIDE!

 

76. Get more Grrrrrr …. stronger boundaries and grrrreater passion for life! Anger and hyper energy can be very useful!

 

77. Passion and obsession are not so different! …. Really keep your eye on your favourite ball!

 

78. If one person doesn’t want to play with you, don’t worry! Someone else will play with you.

 

79. Dogs bring energy and enthusiasm into the room. Whoo hoo! Live life with energy and enthusiasm.

 

80. Chasing a dog that doesn’t want to be caught is a waste of time!

 

81. If it is not working with the dog do something else, be creative … Creativity keeps life interesting.

 

82. Not everyone loves your dog. But all that matters is that you do. Trust your own judgement. Trust your own love! Everyone deserves love!

 

83. Some dogs are messier than other. It is just who they are. They are not trying to mess up your life on purpose!

 

84. Not all dogs want to be fawned over, some dogs just like their own space. Free choice! Don’t take it personally!

 

85. ‘Some dogs mothers are bigger than other dogs mothers!’ (misquoted from The Smiths). We are all different … YAY!

 

86. No matter how small you are or think you are, you are important! You are allowed to take up your space.

 

87. People really don’t like being barked at!

 

88. There are different kinds of bark. Use your bark only in the case of emergency when you really need to get someones attention.

 

89. Dogs have an opinion too. Allow others their opinion. You don’t have to agree.

 

90. People are wonderful and to be greeted with enthusiasm. Most people will respond back accordingly. The odd one won’t. Don’t take it personally, it is their problem not yours!

 

91. You don’t need words to communicate love.

 

92. Be kind! Kindness will be rewarded with loyalty and companionship.

 

93. Dogs don’t take your grumpy mood personally. Don’t take things personally.

 

94. What is your stuff is your stuff, what is their stuff is their stuff.

 

95. Dogs know how to give you space if you are in a bad mood and will go find somewhere to hang out in their own happy space. Give people space if they need it.

 

96. Find the warmest and most comfortable place to lie down and let go completely.

 

97. Take the ‘plunge’ – even if you have never tried to ‘swim’ before you might like it. And if not, the shore is not far away.

 

98. Innocent but slightly eccentric behaviour can be misinterpreted badly. Be your quirky unique self even if people do misunderstand you. Don’t stop doing what makes you happy just because folk don’t get it!

(My dog likes to tickle her inside leg on the shoe of anyone sitting cross legged. This involves lifting her leg as though she were a male dog about to pee. Maisie is doing her ballet moves for fun!)

 

99. Dogs change your perception of life … A lone man walking a dog on a path is a man taking his dog for a walk. A man walking alone on a path is a potential threat! (sorry guys!)

 

100. Dogs love to meet and greet. Dogs bring people together. Strangers will talk to a dog where they might be shy to talk to you.

 

101. Everyday is a new opportunity to enjoy chasing and catching the ball! People will start buying balls if they know there is passion, and come to visit just in order to share your passion with you!

 

My Motto after two and half years with a highly intelligent, hyperactive Cockerpoo affectionally known as Crazy Maisie is – ‘Be More Maisie!’

 

Animals can teach us daft humans a whole lot of life lessons …

 

 

 

 

Part 1 below ..

 

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65 Life Lessons from My Dog

 

 

 

 

 

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A Stitch In Time Saves Nine

I found two Victorian carved shells in a junk shop on my trip to the beach this week.

 

Messages from the past  …

 

The first,  ‘A Stitch in Time Saves Nine’ … a granny expression, that made me think about Alexander Technique …

(Any excuse to buy!)

 

If you have a niggle in your back, a wee ache, what do you do?

Ignore it? Complain? Take a painkiller?

 

Or you could make a stitch in time

And lie in semi supine!

 

15 minutes semi supine
Is good for the spine
And helps you feel fine!

 

Listen to the seashell … it is ancient wisdom … take time now to save yourself from unravelling further …
Listen to the sea … your body …. your breath …. a stitch is your thinking …

Lie down now, before your ache gets worse! Let your mind travel around your body, particularly the achy bit, like a fine seamstress, stitching yourself back with your thoughts into a wearable, functional whole – a mobile muscly body suit!
Listen for the ocean inside
The flow that is available to us …

The seashell is wise and is speaking …

 

And for my artwork?
I always paint better when my back is free!
It flows more easily when I am balanced …

 

A spring Sunday, mothers day, to listen to grandma’s wisdom and let aches float away with the tide …

 

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A stitch in time saves nine – time for semi supine!

 

To learn how to do this easily and effectively instant help is available right now …

My media download, Body Magic is but a Click away … here!

 

‘She sells sea shells on the sea shore!’ – That tongue twister reminds me of my granny too!

 

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A Sunday well spent brings a week of content …

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The Naughty Step!

 

I had to share this insight from a teenager …..

 

Yesterday, during a constructive rest session requested by one of the teenage boys at the high school where I teach Alexander Technique, 17 year old Harry quipped-

 

‘Semi-supine is like a productive version of the naughty step!

When I was little I would be made to sit on the naughty step … I was always all hunched up, elbows on my knee, in a rage … ‘

 

‘Lying down doing Alexander Technique is giving me time out to think about what I have done during the day, the bad decisions I have made and let them go. Yup, it is like the productive version of the naughty step!’

 

He continued –

 

‘I have had some great epiphanies in semi-supine – like where I have been going wrong and just by taking time out I get an idea about how to do it and when I go back to it it works … like learning a difficult piece on the guitar, suddenly I can do it… You wouldn’t think time out this way would be productive, but it really is!’

 

Out of the mouth of babes!

Constructive rest – the productive naughty step!

 

Here is a link to a constructive rest download – enjoy time out on the ‘productive naughty step!’ CLICK NOW

 

 

 

 

 

 

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STOPPING – The Most Magical Gift of All!

Do you know how to rest constructively?

To stop, once a day, and give yourself the best gift of all?

 

To simply, quickly and effectively LET GO for a short period of time, so that you can bounce back into action with restored energy and vitality…

There is an old wisdom – Less is more…

 

Animals do!

My dog will power nap, she is not asleep.
In fact she is entirely alert but in a resting state.

Her body completely inactive, but her ears and other senses still listening.

She amazes me that after a few minutes she is full of beans again.

 

It is a great skill to learn.

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‘Maise and Me – Zoned and Boned’

 

HERE IS A QUICK GUIDE TO STOPPING CONSTRUCTIVELY AND CONSCIOUSLY –

 

 

GUIDE TO BODY MAGIC –

 

  • Know there is an optimum way to stop and rest. Lie as shown in the pictures – head resting on books so your head is not pulled back, nor are you giving yourself a double chin, knees up, hands on ribcage.

 

  • This constructive rest position provides maximum support and minimum stress for working muscles to release.

 

  • Putting your legs up on the sofa with your bum as close to the sofa as possible,  back on the floor, works well too. Be Warm.

 

  • We all need a bit of support now and then – give it to your self. Stop and lie down on the floor!

 

  • Like the childs game ‘Dead Lions’ (which I loved as a kid -the only one I seemed to be good at!) your job is to NOT move for up to 17 minutes! Stay still physically, but activate your brain in a new way mentally. We are finding a way to BE ZONED!

 

  • Being Zoned allows lots of wonderful magical things to happen in your body -intervertebral discs rehydrate (you will be taller when you stand up) adrenalin leaves the body (you will be less stressed) and your mind and muscles have a chance to let go into length. To really find neutral. Your happy state!

 

  • Five minutes resting constructively is better than NO minutes. Little breaks. YAY!

 

  • How do you get into the zone? Like an artist using a brush stroke loaded with magical paint,  brush mind attention through your own system, your muscles, your shapes, the curves and breaths of your body.

 

  • This will encourage your muscles to release into your NATURAL LENGTHENED EASE STATE.  You cannot do something to make your muscles LET GO, but you can think into them to trigger a release….. It works, the more you practise the easier you get!

 

  • Let Constructive rest BE YOUR DAILY EASE…. it is Body Magic and the Best Gift you can give your self. Mind about your self!

 

  • Stopping is a great place to start to ease out just about any situation.

 

 

TO HELP YOU GET ZONED…

GIVE YOUR SELF THE MOST MAGICAL GIFT OF ALL…

CLICK THE LINK HERE – BODY MAGIC

 

Enjoy resting!

 

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‘I Feel like I am floating!’

 

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The Daily Ease 2017 Alexander Technique Calendar

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The Daily Ease 2017 Calendar

 

A fun romp though the Alexander Technique –

 

It is all there in the cartoons and verses, so will make a terrific teaching aid for anyone who would like a few visual prompts to assist in explaining the principles of the wonderful marvellous Alexander Technique.

 

As they say a picture paints a thousand words!

 

And it is useful too, as it is a calendar for next year.

 

Child friendly Alexander Technique, a great talking point!

 

I have about 25 calendars left – when they are gone, they are gone…

 

Here is a link to buy.. The Daily Ease Calendar

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For more info you might like to check out previous blogs for commentaries on the images.

 

Have a wonderful inspired successful 2017…

 

Kirsten x

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A Walk in the Woods

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A walk in the woods

Awakening the senses

Stirring the imagination….

 

Carved onto a branch where wise owl patiently sits, are the words –

 

‘Thinking up is a cosmic skill, up up direct your mind

Your light body will expand, freedom too you find

Forward and up thinking, a direction just to be

Much easier to fly in a body that is free’

 

Owl is poised ready to fly silently into the night at a moments notice

He has choice

He is the observer and the observed

Master of inner and outer worlds

 

The branch is old but it is sprouting new leaves

The wisdom is ancient and timeless…

 

On a leaf a mouse is meditating … up up up to the big up …the cosmic up … up there!

He feels fantastic

Expansive

Elastic

A little mouse balancing on a big delicate shimmering leaf

Contemplating the vastness of it all

Connected

 

It might all seem a bit batty but who cares

Lets fly

Crazy bat

Be yourself

Accept yourself and all your battiness

Fly in the day

Fly in the night

Non conformity with all its bat whirls and twirls and swirls suits you

Be you

 

The spider weaves his web and connects us all

How lucky we are to have creative spider and his world wide web…

 

Another mouse eases on a branch in semi supine lighting his body with direction

Lightening his load

Whilst badger efforts his way over the branch…

 

What are you doing Mr Badger?

Think!

Could you find another way?

 

Two mice meditate, watched by a hedgehog

Today Miss Hedgehog hasn’t quite learned to let go

She is feeling a bit prickly

But definitely curious that there IS another way

 

Learning from the example of the calm, balanced, meditating mice

She contemplates her defences

Hmmm, interesting!

 

Golden leaves fall around the meditating mice, they see the abundance of it all

A pink moon is held within a dandelion clock

 

The bracken fronds remind us that all movement and growth spirals…spiralling dancing relationships

 

Mr Fox has been out running rings and now, like all dogs, knows how to look after himself – master of rest after activity and a master of active rest…

A comfortable, warm place for an afternoon snooze

Siesta time, dreaming time, to wake inspired ready to play…

Clever fox!

 

 

This image is from 2017 Calendar – The Daily Ease

A poem, an illustration and a quote about the Alexander Technique

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Game of Bones 2 – The Board Game

Game of Bones 2 – The Board Game

 

 

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Here are some insights about the spine, in a fun discussion with high school children (12 – 14 years) as to what an Alexander Technique board game, might look like!

 

Me – Why is Alexander Technique a game of bones?

After a game of moans about the pun, this is what they came up with –

 

‘Because you can’t play a game without instructions’

‘You need to know about your bones’

 

We had a plastic spine and a single vertebrae in front of us as inspiration and a talking point

 

The children continued to describe the two clearly different looking sides of the vertebrae – (see earlier blog Game of Bones)

 

‘calm and complex’

‘bubbly and grumpy’

‘soft and weird’

‘simple and complex’

‘solid and all over the place’

‘heart like and evil mouse’

 

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Game of Bones – ideas for an Alexander Technique board game

 

‘Can be played by Age 8 – 88 years’

 

‘The game has to start at the atlanto occipital joint’

 

‘One of the Rules to play is you have to think Forward and Up, if you slump there are penalties’

 

‘When you throw the dice you have to be careful not to land on the nerve bearing side of the spine’ (She actually said ‘the evil mouse side of spine’)

 

‘There are more boring rules you have to follow down the complex side of the spine if you stay in the calm side you can do what you like’

 

‘You get some helpful cards’

 

‘Whispered Ah’s – They are get out of jail free cards’

 

‘You get ‘Let your neck be free cards’ if you fall into any stress’

‘You get x amount of Let your neck be free cards to escape stress’

 

‘Free parking is semi supine’

 

‘You get extra points or free neck cards if you land at the atlanto-occipital joint’

 

‘You have to keep moving’

 

‘Aim to get all the way down the spine without landing on the nerve bearing side of spine’

 

‘Penalty for landing – you get tasered by your nervous system!’

 

‘Yeah, you could have a taser and actually taser people to put them off slumping for life! Well maybe not miss, but you know what I mean, back pain is really painful my dad has had a slipped disc.’

 

‘Penalties are things like pain, slipped discs, life long problems! ‘

 

‘If you fall into stress side of spine, you go to jail!’

 

‘You have power cards, you have to be careful not to give them away when you are stressed’

 

‘Each vertebra is asking a question’

 

‘You are exploring the bones as you play’

 

‘The questions on the calm side are easy but really difficult on the complex side’

 

You have to be careful not to get stressed if you get a difficult question.’

 

‘You can use a whispered ah card or let your neck be free card to pass on a difficult question’

 

‘Some of the questions you have to do nothing. The questioner is trying to trick you. Really, doing nothing is actually very hard’

 

‘If you get too many pain cards and you are OUT!’

 

‘Slumping the game gets harder!’

 

‘The Game of Bones is not so much a game – more of an experience’

 

‘Miss, you could make your fortune with this game! Can we have a cut?’

 

This was short but fun discussion.

I felt that the children’s ideas not only revealed that they understood much about AT but were also able to be creative with what they know and find the bones of an imaginative board game.

 

I hope that by engaging the imagination in fun and memorable ways that AT remains a useful life skill for them through school and into adulthood.

 

 

 

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Fancy That!

Fancy That!

by Kirsten Harris

 

‘When I say ‘I’m tired!’ I feel rather flat

But if I say ‘I’ve energy’ I do have! Fancy that!’

 

 

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‘Gently purring, resting easy

Neck a free releasing muscle stream

Body feels buttery and creamy

Letting go, a forward flowing dream’

 

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Animals know how to rest

How to let go

How to live the dream

 

Crazy Maisie, my darling cockerpoo, is currently passed out at my feet after a busy morning bossing me about to throw a ball.  Activity and rest, she knows the difference. Not so crazy Maisie…

 

But I can be tired and keep pushing myself to do more, silly human doing!

And then moan about being tired, and feel worse and worse. Daft person!

 

 

The two lined verse from the mouse reminds us that the words we say effect us…

 

This illustration from The Daily Ease 2017 calendar reminds us to let go…

 

What’s up? Asks a mouse….somethings wrong…

Ease up, feet up, rest easy….the mice advice…

 

Co-operation and friendship become easier…

The mice are not scared of the cat….

Fearlessly resting…

Do I fearlessly rest?

 

It is by learning to stop that we find change…

Stopping in the moment…

Stopping an unhelpful thought such as ‘I’m tired!’….

Stopping to rest…

Stopping to feel love…for one’s own loving heart….for the support around us…

Stopping to lie in semi-supine…

Stopping to love the feel of the releasing muscle stream available to all of us when we really allow ourselves to rest…

 

The cat knows!

Smiling purring puss..

The little mice know too!

Do you? Alexander Technique will show you how…

 

The Daily Ease reminds us how lovely it is to rest…

Hmmm, I fancy that!

 

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Bone Up!

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Bone Up!

by

Kirsten Harris

 

‘Bare bones of matter, skeleton insight –

Spaced joints, mobile, long, supporting, freely upright!

Strong ‘Architect’ designed skeleton, not a bony wrecked fright

Haunted by creaking by day and by night!

 

One hundred years… I will regenerate ten skeleton bloody and white

Walking with your skeleton keeps bones strong, alright!’

 

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‘Bone up on your anatomy’,  the little mouse advises….

He is having a light bulb moment…

It is a good idea to know your bones!

He is studying Alexander Technique!

 

The skeleton, universal man, is influenced by space, up flow, earth, gravity, time…

 

The human lies in bed, haunted by ghosts…awake… the past intrudes… worries… fears….aching bones…. she is not comfortable in her bed.

She should be warm and cosy but she is scrunched up….no ease here!

 

Under the bed a little mouse lies in semi supine…

He is saying – don’t lie there in pain missus –  lie in constructive rest, let go…

Visualise your skeleton…

Let it space out…

As you space out…

 

The dog is blissed out on his back. Happy dog! Body Aware pup.

 

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Game of Bones

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Game of Bones

by Kirsten Harris

 

On my way to teach Alexander Technique to high school children this week I popped into an antique and curiosity shop where I happened upon one lone vertebra.

Lumbar 4 to be precise.

I asked to buy it and the shop keeper kindly gave it to me, bemused by my enthusiasm.

The single model vertebra became the talking point for class and wow, did the students amaze me with their observations and insights.

 

Here are some notes taken from the children’s thoughts.  They started with describing it and went on to see the bone as a metaphor for the human condition – choices in life – a game of bones.

 

To quote –

‘It feels like coral, like a structured wildlife habitat…

It looks neat, strong, rounded, shaped… it looks like white chocolate… it looks like a fish… symmetrical, exact… it looks like it should be spongy…’

 

‘It looks like it has many purposes – multi functional…

It looks solid and reliable…

Intricate, spacious, chunky…

It looks like a hand with fingers coming out of it…

It looks doughy, like stretched bread – rising and proven…’

 

‘It looks like a jigsaw…

It looks supportive and the supporter…

If we didn’t have vertebrae we’d look like jelly fish…

Many together create strength…

They depend on one another…

It looks like it is reliant on other pieces to complete its purpose…

It’s a bit like people, it doesn’t look like it work very well on it’s own!

It looks like it has been shaped by life…’

 

‘It seems unimportant in itself, out of context…

It looks useless unless you put it into the bigger picture..

One vertebra missing is like taking middle C out of the piano… …You don’t know it’s missing until you go to play.’

 

‘It looks contradictory!’

‘What do you mean by contradictory?’ I asked

 

‘It has space and is dense..

hardy and flexible…

solid and complex…

chunky and delicate…

calm and tempestuous…’

 

‘What do you mean by calm and tempestuous?’

 

‘Well the chunky bit looks calm…

It looks very encompassing and focussed in its role…’

 

‘This vertebra is a bit like me…’

 

‘If I use the chunky bit and let it support me I feel calm….

Some people lean more towards the calm or the tempestuous…

It is like there is an epidemic of slump and people are leaning into the complicated side of the vertebra and becoming complicated and confusing….’

 

‘The complicated side of the vertebra looks like an explosion, but the calm bit looks like a platform. It looks reassuring.

It looks like a bean or a stage…shaped and calm…’

 

‘If you lean into the complicated side it slumps your nerves, I suppose, and you become more stupid…’

 

‘Can we lie in semi supine now miss?’

 

I learned a lot from the children and really love the idea of the spine being calm or tempestuous. So, to use the wisdom of children, which way are you leaning your vertebrae?

 

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Semi Supine – Quite Simply Divine!

Semi Supine – Quite Simply Divine

by Kirsten Harris

 

Taking the time

To lie in semi supine

Is good for the spine

And helps me feel fine

 

17 minutes of time

On the floor is sublime

Let go to align

My bodies design

 

Think into my outline

Long and wide from my centreline

Radiating inner sunshine

To find balance’s forward and upward refine

 

Intelligent as  Einstein

A refreshment in time

Rejuvenating the discs of my spine

And it doesn’t cost a dime

 

Alexander Technique semi supine

Easy DIY self care guideline

Releases holding from my lifeline

It’s quite simply divine!

 

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The Giraffe

The Giraffe

by Kirsten Harris

 

Like us, giraffe have seven vertebrae in the neck.

I find this fact fascinating.

Graceful, long necked, elegant, beautiful, crazy giraffe – your design is much like mine.

 

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‘You’re having a laugh,’ said the baby giraffe

‘If you think I’m going up there!

I’ve no head for heights

They give me a fright

I don’t want to be tall, it’s not fair!’

 

This image and verse is about self acceptance – the power of thinking up!

 

The baby giraffe hides shyly between his mother’s legs…

But hiding is not working…little messages are coming up from the ground…

‘man up’

‘up, up, up’

‘go up in the world’

‘choose up’

‘take me up’….

 

The little mice are comfortably nice…

 

I teach Alexander Technique to high school children, age 12 – 18

 

I want them to have a confident self image no matter what size they are…

Teaching children the power of up is a joy! I am teaching how to make a powerful choice.

 

Up they think and up they go…

Finding confidence, inner strength, ease, poise, laughter, happiness, lightness, feeling more themselves…

Little ones discover they are ‘less of a pushover’ than bigger kids with no understanding of the power of up…’Wow, thinking up gives you superhuman powers, miss!’ they report. Happy me! Another young person who loves the Alexander Technique as much as I do!

Tall gangly teens (me at school) start enjoying  their full height…

Being themselves without resistance and fear…

Unlimited potential….

Fearlessly up…

A valuable tool for life…. up, up, up, think up!

‘Why doesn’t everyone at school learn the Alexander Technique?’ The children constantly ask me….

 

This daft illustration reminds us that we have a daily easy choice …up

It’s easy to think up!

The bird words move the giraffes long back up, singing – ‘big it up!’

 

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What’s Your Daily Ease?

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The Daily Ease by Kirsten Harris

 

What’s your daily ease?

A little bit of semi supine, when you have a sore back or are feeling prickly like the little hedgehog…

Spending time in the garden, contemplating how life grows up…up…up…

A hand on a friends back…lending a hand.. making connections.. the bliss of having an Alexander Technique lesson….

Noticing nature colour… awakening the senses to the play of light on life…

Sitting back to back with your friend…listening to each others perfect breath…

Listening to life moving back in your back…

Quiet as a mouse meditating on a leaf…

Opening like a sunflower in consecutive rest…

Stretching…opening out… ahhhh

Leaping over stuff…magically learning to fly….

Transforming like a butterfly…. transformation available moment by moment…

Wise owl, listening….

Little honey bee….finding the nectar in life…

Sunshine…Radiating love and strength…

Balancing on your own unique leaf….oooh scary…..thinking big…being brave…

Having a direction for the day…

Forward and up….

Ease the day! Love the daily ease x

 

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Mystical Creatures

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The Unicorn

by Kirsten Harris

 

In Ancient Myth lived a beautiful Unicorn

A fabulous horse with a pointing uni-horn

What is the symbol of this mysterious feature?

Forward and Up points the mystical creature!

 

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My thoughts about the illustration..

 

The unicorn balances on a ball…

Planet earth…

A planet in balance…

The unicorn invites us to look for and find our own balance…..

‘Forward and up’ is the key he gives us….

Hares fly around the planet…we are spinning…

Man moving so fast he forgets to think, to listen, to respond…

The hare in flight…

Fright and flight or forward and up?

The unicorn maintains his direction, serenity, awareness, feet on the ground, spine lengthening, an inner smile….

Forward and up into cosmic space…

A mystical direction….

An invitation into the mysterious….

‘Giddy Up!’ says the little mouse, enjoy the ride…

 

Illustration for January from my gallop around Alexander Technique in verse and cartoon.

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65 Life Lessons from My Dog

65 Life Lessons from My Dog

by Kirsten Harris

 

1. Have a good stretch and yawn first thing in the morning. It feels great.

 

2. If there is a human being about lie on your back and get your tummy tickled. Tickling is happy.

 

3. Morning grooming sessions make you feel good for the day. Nobody likes a smelly dog.

Especially look after your feet. You can’t walk without them.

 

5. Eat your food with gusto and pure pleasure.

 

6. Drink plenty of water.

 

7. Be totally delighted to see your friends. Greet them with enthusiasm and joy.

 

8. Be fascinated by the sights, sounds and smells around you. The best things in life really are free.

 

9. Playing or going for a walk with someone is better than on your own. Run for Fun.

 

10. If you need to howl. Do it!

 

11. Smile and wag your tail a lot, it will keep your back free. Dance like a dog everyday.

 

12. It is OK to have a snooze in the day time. Dogs loves it when you lie on the floor. Be more dog and rest inbetween activity. It’s good for your back.

 

13. Get some training. Practise makes perfect. Being skilled is pure pleasure for you and the people around you.

 

14. It is possible to be totally relaxed and alert at the same time. Alexander Technique’s constructive rest (semi-supine) is the human equivalent of your dog sleeping with one eye open.

 

15. Worry Less. Muddy floors can be cleaned. Enjoy getting muddy feet in the first place.

 

16. Dont compare yourself with the other bitches! Be accepting.

 

17. It feels good to give and get strokes from others. Give and receive praise.

 

18. Make yourself pant breathlessly from having fun in the world at least once a day.

 

19. ‘NO!’  is a really important word. Use it.

 

20. Go outside several times a day to refresh yourself.

 

21 Have boundaries. Your space is your space, protect it from invaders.

 

22. Don’t pick fights. Stand up for yourself if necessary. Don’t cower, but exiting fast or going around something to avoid confrontation is often the best strategy. Fighting doesn’t occur if you know how to look after yourself.

 

23. Commitment brings joy.

 

24. Trust your instincts.

 

25. Everyday is an adventure. Going on trips is an adventure. Trust the unknown. Dogs never know what you have planned.

 

26. Ball games are fun.

 

27. Have a sense of humour and be a bit naughty sometimes.

 

28. Bugs, flies, moths and bees are fascinating.

 

29. Staying a dancing hands length away from being captured is a good game.

 

30. Have your own space, where you find peace and ease.

 

31. Sofas are great but sometimes it really is more comfortable to lie on the floor. Rolling around on the floor is really really good too.

 

32.  Different dogs have different energy levels and personalities. They are all loveable. Accept yourself.

 

33. Develop your listening skills.

 

34. Sitting at someone else’s feet is a mark of respect.

 

35 Be aware.

 

36. A little treat for a job well done makes life flow and brings happiness and joy.

 

37. Keep a little treat ‘up your sleeve’ at all times, you never know when you might need a reward.

 

38 Be loyal and honest. Dogs don’t lie.

 

39 A good companion and friend is the best thing in the world.

 

40. Walking everyday keeps you in good shape.

 

41. Some humans make better leaders than others and get more respect.

 

42. Slippers are great.

 

43. Toys that squeak must be destroyed as fast as possible.

 

44 It is important to respect cows, sheep and horses, but it is OK to chase crows out of the garden.

 

45 Some ‘cats’ are weird and need assessing before approaching.

 

46. Humans are a bit slow and clumsy but are generally nice and like to be loved

 

47. Humans that spend too long on the computer are boring and missing out on great opportunities for adventures and walks.

 

48. Humans don’t like arse licking.

 

49 Don’t chase cars.

 

50. Always look for the most comfortable place to sit. Sit nicely.

 

51 Find a favourite relaxation spot outside to watch the world go by.

 

52. Dogs are happy when you are happy. Be happy

 

53 The countryside is freer than the city.

 

54. You can communicate with everyone, even if you don’t speak the same language. Be friendly to strangers.

 

55. Don’t hurt people. People don’t like being bitten.

 

56. Don’t steal other people’s stuff. Slippers are fair game!

 

57. Trust people unless they hurt you. Then refuse to go near them.

 

58. Breathe out deeply with contented pleasure when letting go into rest.

 

59. Explore your surroundings with new eyes and enthusiasm everyday. It is full of wonder and delight.

 

60. Respect the environment. Don’t ‘shit’ in someone else’s paradise. If you do, clear up the mess.

 

61. It is possible to be poised in activity. The eyes lead the body follows, watch a dog catch a ball, it will teach you how the body is co-ordinated.

 

62. It is OK to drop the ball.

 

63. Don’t worry. If you think it’s a dog’s life, be more dog.

 

64. Get messy. Use your body. Explore. Get your feet wet. Run into the sea. Dig in the earth. Enjoy Life.

 

65. Love is unconditional.

 

(65 Life Lessons from my Dog – copyright Kirsten Harris July 2016)

 

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I Feel Like I am Floating

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Taking the time

To lie in semi supine

Is good for my spine

And helps me feel fine

 

17 minutes of time

On the floor is sublime

Let go to align

My bodies design

 

Think into my outline

Contemplate widening from my centreline

Radiating inner sunshine

To find balance’s forward and upward refine

 

Intelligent as Einstein

As refreshing as wine

Rejuvenating the discs of my spine

And it doesn’t cost me a dime

 

Alexander Technique semi supine

Easy DIY self care guideline

Release holding my lifeline

It’s quite simply divine!

 

The drawing is from the  2017 Daily Ease Calendar Available to pre-order now.

A fun reminder to bring Alexander Technique into your daily life every day.

http://www.kirstenharris.co.uk/calendar.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Girl with Two Necks

I have two necks. No really I have, and so have you!

No need to pat your under-chin and worry if you’re developing a wattle. I’m not being insulting! Me? Well maybe I do have little extra chin or two, but I really do have two necks!

 

One of my necks has seven bones. This neck is sometimes described as swan-like or Shrek-like depending on how it’s used and can be a pain in the neck or free and graceful. Are you rubber necking now to find out where your second neck is…

Your second neck has five bones, lumbar vertebrae. This neck is at your waist. Like the one above it it’s very mobile when free but can be tight, stiff and restricted and hurt a lot when not.

 

I want to keep my first neck free as it holds my oh so brainy brain up.

I want to keep my second neck free as it supports the balance of my heart up in space.

I want a heart and brain that are not constricted. Makes sense to me. I might be a little more successful at everything that way. Life is tough enough without having two bottle necks to contend with.

 

So today, how about spending a little time thinking of being a girl or boy with two necks and explore the enormous range of mobility and movement sensation they both give you. Two connected necks talking to each other in your thoughts.

 

I wrote the first half of this blog before getting on a flight. Every time I reminded myself that I have two necks whilst standing in the many airport queues or sitting in my not so easy jet seat I felt comfortable again.

 

So with a little daily ease and a wonderful anatomy of abundance – welcome to the world of having two necks. Mythical!

 

 

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How to be stressed!

 

HOW TO BE STRESSED!

 

 

  • have an enormous to do list and let everything crowd your mind at once
  • beat yourself up for having an enormous to do list and not know where to start
  • stop breathing because the enormous to do list is terrifying and you don’t feel good enough for getting in such a muddle in the first place and don’t have enough time to do it all
  • Now you’ve stopped breathing, your neck has started to hurt and worry about your health…..ARGH!!!

 

 

or CHOOSE TO STOP

 

  • lie on the floor for a few minutes, stop –  let go –  breathe
  • listen to Body Magic or Breathe
  • breathing freely, oxygen gives the brain clarity,  let you neck be free, your neck will stop hurting
  • know the problem solving brain knows where to start to sort your muddle.
  • Stop and reboot and the answers will come
  • 15 minutes on the floor gets you back in the flow of life and
  • as if by magic you have started crossing things off your to do list!….PHEW!!!

 

 

TO DO OR TO BE?…………………………………..LESS IS THE ANSWER

 

 

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What dogs teach us about back care!

 

 

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Spine Time

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It is easy to have a thought about the curves of your spine as you read this. Is is long, free, bendy, mobile, flowing or slumped and C shaped?

 

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Why is it so EASY….?

Here is an experiment for you to easily activate right now….

Ask yourself questions starting with – Why is it so easy….

 

Why is it so easy for my to be organised?

Why is it so easy for me to be healthy?

Why is it so easy for me to manifest abundance?

Why is it so easy for me to enjoy my life?

Why is it so easy to be creative?…

 

The brain is a problem solving mechanism.

It looks for solutions to the problems we set it.

Yet we ask ourselves daft and dumb questions such as

 

Why do I never have any money?

Why am I so weak willed?

Why is my social life rubbish?

Why am I so fat?

Why am I so rubbish at art..etc.

 

Shifting the questions we ask ourselves to the positive is easy, fun and actually works.

I suggest choosing a question for today and see what happens…play with the easy question. I guarantee it will make you smile

For me today is Sunday and I want to really be organised to start a big painting first thing Monday morning in my studio.

So my question today is  – Why is it so easy for me to organise myself into the flow?

 

Enjoy your easy question and let me know how it goes

 

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I feel like I am floating

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A little ditty to share with anyone who has a sore back!

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Try Mooing

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Try Mooing

I just did!..

 

Went for a walk with the dog, mooing!

A really good grounding sound

Made me smile

 

Moo to anchor the voice into the body

Moo to let go

Moo to make yourself happy

Moo to open your breathing

Moo to let go of all that horrible old stale air

Moo to activate the diaphragm

Moo to reenergise your blood

Moo to vibrate yourself into more energy!

Are you going to MOO TOO?

 

Go on be a silly cow and MOOOOOOOOO!

 

 

 

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The Crooked Woman and Her Crooked Horse

“There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile,

He found a crooked sixpence against a crooked stile;

He bought a crooked cat which caught a crooked mouse,

And they all lived together in a little crooked house”

 

There was a crooked woman who had a crooked horse

She found an AT teacher and decided to take a course

The crooked horse and woman, started to align

And work together in harmony, both had a better time

 

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Dancing Spine

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Let your spine dance today

Get some loud music on, something that really makes you want to wiggle and wriggle and let you spine have some freedom

 

It’s so good for all the multi faceted joints of your spine to move

 

Be a snake

Be a snake charmer

Who cares if you look like a silly cow!

Dance dance dance

Let go and enjoy!

 

NO-ONE’S LOOKING!!

 

(and it’s SPRING!!!!)

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The Zone

The Zone

 

I know when I am in The Zone

Letting go bone by bone

Happy to be on my own

Exploring realms of the great unknown

Easing open muscle tone

Unearthing my own safety zone

Lengthening snake like intelligent back bone

Amazing ideas I’m being shown

Inner strength, I can hold my own

Balanced in my comfort zone

Even let go of my phone

When I visit my inner home

Who needs to get drunk or stoned

When you know about The Zone!

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Time for change

It’s time for Walter, my mini Shetland pony foal to be weaned.

 

I am no expert, my first foal

I could have done it suddenly – just take him away from his mum and deal with the screaming. Feel the stress. Maybe sudden, no time to think is kinder to us all..

Or slowly, which I have chosen.. get them used to the change bit by bit.

Hopefully reduced stress, even better no stress.

My impatient self would love it all to be done and dusted.

But then I would miss the process

Miss the learning curve that I am on

Miss the whispers from my intuition telling me what to do

Making me aware of timing

I would miss understanding and honouring the experience of others

I would miss this quiet journey of discovery as change is gradually made

 

I have no choice…but to take the time to figure out how to make the change

Change is a process…

It takes time, patience, awareness, inhibition, slowing down, listening within, noticing whats happening and letting each day reveal the best possible path.

Small decisions moving everything forward

Baby steps. Foal steps

 

 

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And some things are going to make you tense…

Somethings are just going to make you tense! Like contemplating how to wean my mini shetland foal so the vet can come with his emasculator to chop his nuts off!

I am totally inexperienced at this, being the single ‘lady farmer’!

 

The way I have been unraveling the hideous, neck tightening thought in my brain is to think in little mini stages this week so as not to stress the horses. First separate wee Walter, my-buy-one-get-one-free surprise, from his Mum, Lettie for an hour, then two, then three and today for the day and night.

 

Have just let Walt have a suckle, but I definitely have to separate them as though still a baby he was behaving in a decidedly stallion like way this morning.

Little pony, big boy!

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So far, so good. Peaceful ponies. Though not sure I will sleep too well tonight with one ear listening out! So it is definitely time to lie in semi supine and look after me for a few minutes and get many of the benefit of several hours sleep in fifteen minutes in this position of mechanical advantage.

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Skills teens say they learn having Alexander lessons at school

I asked a group of high school teenagers what skills they th

 

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Permission to Stop

I took Maisie my crazy cockerpoo for a  walk past the Stopping Permitted sign again today and couldn’t resit another lie down. Big blue skies, cold ground, whacky windmills! The weight of a surprised alert dog. A mad magic moment…

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Stopping is permitted…

Really Permission to stop… right here, right now! You don’t have to do much to stop!

 

Lie on the floor in the office, the living room, outside! Really why not? (Social inhibitions? Not enough time? Laziness… ha ha, well thats a good one!)

 

We make excuses not to stop!

Not to take time out, let go, do nothing, non do!

 

Do I mean – not thinking? quieting the mind? meditation, mindfulness…??

 

NO not really! Just simply permission to stop in your body for a while.

Permission to lie down and do nothing.

Permission to let go and let god!

 

The rest will take care of itself and YOU!

You may be amazed what magic occurs when you let go in semi supine for a while…

 

If you need some inspiration for letting go, check out Body Magic media download

here

 

or Breathe – here

 

I dare you, don’t do something – lie down!

 

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Don’t just slump there – Ease out..It’s Sunday!

Don’t just slump there – Ease out!

Don’t just do something – Stop!

 

It’s Sunday…remember that one…. the day of rest!

 

If you are reading this you may well be slumping, crouched over your phone or computer

It’s time to ease out.

Lie down in semi supine for a few minutes

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Time out to tune in! Who knows what inspiring ‘radio’ waves you may receive.

 

And if you need a little inspiration and encouragement have a listen to

the download of Body Magic on my website

as you let yourself stop!

 

click here

 

http://www.kirstenharris.co.uk/cddownloads.html

 

Enjoy

 

 

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Stopping Permitted!

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Stopping Permitted!

 

You might think that it’s easy to stop! How difficult can it be to just lie down and stop for a few minutes. All those juicy benefits should make it most appealing…

 

– a lengthening spine

– rehydrating vertebrae

– adrenalin leaving the blood supply

 

to name just 3 physical benefits let alone all the amazing mental, emotional and creative benefits …..

 

AN EASY CHALLENGE TODAY IS TO STOP!

JUST LIE DOWN ON THE GROUND AND LET GO

FOR A FEW MINUTES

NOTHING EASIER REALLY, GRAVITY WILL DO THE REST!

AND I PROMISE SOMETHING AMAZING AND UNEXPECTED WILL HAPPEN WHEN YOU DO…..(worth a go…you never know….)

 

So stop today…..

What excuses do you make for not stopping?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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40 reasons teenagers say learning Alexander Technique at school is good.

I asked my high school students why they think having Alexander Technique lessons at school is a good idea. Here is what they said

 

1. helps sore backs

2. helps learn about body

3. fun

5. educational

6. social, group application

7. anti – stress

8. relaxation before exams

9. a different zone

10. puts you in control

11. neck is free

12. stop being hyper

13. teachers need it for stress

14. physically and mentally good for you

15. right state of mind to concentrate

16. great life skill

17. easier breathing

18. awareness of tongue

19. confidence

20. teenagers have insecurities, it helps.

21. calming if tired

22. helps you sleep

23. choice to be calm or active

24. no disadvantage to learning it

25. relieves stress and strain of school

26. makes you forget what is actually going on

27. notice weird habits in adults

28. look forward to Alexander Technique as first time in week taught to stop

29. good age to put in solid foundations for movement

30. if I had done it when I was younger I wouldn’t be in so much pain. (16 yrs boy)

31. useful defence mechanism so am not ruled by insecurities

32. work much better not work much harder!

33. concentration feels right

34. just stop reacting to nonsense

35. things change

36. ‘I’ve been doing AT since I was in the womb!’ (Harry, age 16)

37. get frustrated but then I come back to myself and then I can do it

38. taking responsibility for ‘fixing’ ourselves

39. not blaming others

40. gives you a break from learning between periods, thats relaxing and helpful

 

 

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Magic Morning..7 easy morning rituals to set up an easier more flowing day before getting out of bed..

How to set up an easier more flowing day before getting out of bed…

 

1. MMMMMMMMMMMMorning. Start the day with a low hum….mmmmmmmmmmm! This will get your breathing open and easy and your body resonating with energy. . Great for the vocals too if you have to do a lot of speaking today. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM well thats easy! Might just do it again and again..

 

2. Breathe out, a whispered AH sound. AHHHHHHHHHHHHH. I am here, isn’t it great. AHHHHHHHHHH.

 

3. SMILE SMILE SMILE. You know it’s good for you. Feel yourself let go of tension, holding worry as you SMILE SMILE SMILE! AHHHHH! MMMMMM! Feeling Good!

 

4. Pandiculate! – It means to stretch and yawn at the same time! In bed, out of bed, yawning and stretching is good for you. Just go for it. Call in the yawns. It’s energising, releasing and oh so very nice.

 

5. Say to yourself over and over “I let my neck be free, I let my neck be free, I let my neck be free!’ Hey ho! Guess whats happening? Your neck is freeing. The journey from brain to body and back is flowing. Muscles releasing thinking opening.

 

6. Stick your tongue out! Go on poke it out, pull some faces! The face can hold all sorts of disgusting thoughts, miserable tensions, unprofitable pull downs. Go on do what little kids do, pull some faces, have fun and get free! (Remember your still in your easy ozy oh so cosy bed, but of course you can do any of these at any time of day!

 

7. Forward and up, forward and up, forward and up! It’s a powerful thought! Forward and up into your day. Enjoy! The Daily Ease..

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7 Excellent reasons to treat yourself to an Alexander Technique media download today

7 Reasons to listen to my popular audio downloads – Body Magic and Breathe

 

My two audio downloads have proved popular with my students as an aid learning the Alexander Technique.

 

7 reasons to treat yourself to a media download today.

 

1 – It’s easier to lie in semi supine and let go with someone guiding you through the directions of your body

2 – Listening brings you easily into the present moment where change occurs

3 – You have an Alexander Teacher at the press of play, for when you need a little help with a sore back, stress or just want to ease out. Take the Alexander Technique with you wherever you go.

4 – Repetition of listening develops the skills of letting go into your natural easy poise. You will want to press play over and over again….

5 – ‘Body Magic’ guides you through a magical inner journey, teaching you to think in a way that encourages your body to let go into it’s natural lengthening and widening free elastic state. You will feel easier and easier.BodyMagic_mobile

6 – Breathe teaches you how the breath influences your entire system. Understanding the anatomy of breathing we easily release into an expanded lengthening and widening state. Ahhhh, its as easy as breathing…Spiral_mobile

7 – And lastly because the Alexander Technique is a wonderful life skill that I sincerely believe everyone should learn. These two audio downloads will set you off on your Alexander Technique journey and support you if you are already a student of the Amazing Alexander Technique.

 

More information about audio downloads on my website www.kirstenharris.co.uk

Both approximately 50 minutes divided into two self contained lessons

 

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Semi-supine – As easy as falling off a log!

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Semi-supine as easy as falling off a log!

 

Just arrange your body, your skeleton, into this easy position

and let gravity do the rest.  Easy peasy…

 

Taking 17 minutes out for you to just ease out….well that may be a little trickier?!

 

Get some help with your daily Alexander Technique practise and make time for you by clicking here

 

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Great diagrams of the skeleton and skull

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12 – 18 year olds asked – What do you learn in Alexander Technique class? Amazing replies

I asked my 12 – 18 year old High School students what they thought they were learning in Alexander Technique classes. Here are there amazing replies.

 

– Observation of self and others

– Anatomy, functional, useful and practical

– A kind of X-ray vision, seeing the internal structure

– Balance, dynamic poise, co-ordination

– Letting go, noticing tension, noticing habits

– Improved performance

– Being able to move more freely

– Awareness, spatial and personal

– How thinking effects functioning and vice versa

– Time to think about what’s around you

– Enhanced sensory perception, increase in sensitivity

– Increased confidence

– Improved relationships with self and others

– How to stay calm in situations, stress relief

– How to deal with nerves

– Helps with relationships, can stay calm even if others are hyper

– The difference between doing and non-doing

– Listening skills, to your own body and to others

– Releasing held muscle, releasing stress

– Looking after yourself, knowing what is efficient body use

– Finding yourself, finding your individuality

– Teaching skills

– Mind into/over matter, less is more

– Learning control over body, using mind to get rid of habits

– Initiative

– Dynamic rest, releasing muscles into length and width

– Functional physics of being alive, gravity, forces and what you do with it once you know it. How to apply it

– Understanding what parts of body are weight bearing and what’s not

– Synchronising – with each other and self, interacting calmly

– Socialising and co-operation skills

– Looking after yourself, being able to ask for what you need

– Communication skills, working on self and communicating process with each other. Thinking about what you are doing and learning to communicate it.

– Developing imagination, discovery

– Accessing a dream state, an endless road, but still awake

– Using imagination to ease out

– Being able to switch off quickly

– Thinking about connecting you body with activity, instead of just your ‘to do’ list

– How to work on yourself

– How to let go of shoulders etc, and how to teach others to do it

– Easy interaction between people

– Stretch and Release

– Hand eye co-ordination

– Patience, pausing, taking time

– Awareness of timing, spatial timing

– How to stay calm in emotional situations

– The ability to breathe freely

– How to convey your perspective of things in life and listen to others

– How to be comfortable around other people

– Learning to be yourself

– Going with the flow

– Getting better at walking

– How thinking effects movement instantly

– Using the floor and gravity to let go, understanding weight

– Learning to ignore distractions/ stay in your own zone focus

– Kinaesthetic movement awareness

– How breathing can be inspirational. How to ‘kick start’ better breathing

– Enhanced performance skills

– Getting out of your own way

 

 

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Children talking about the Alexander Technique

Children talking about the Alexander Technique

 

“The Alexander Technique eases you into the day be giving you the awareness of how to release your stressful thoughts.”

 

Harmony – age 15

 

“The Alexander Technique eases your mind to make you more productive for the day ahead with little simple things you can do – such as lying in semi supine.”

 

Jack – age 15

 

“Daily Alexander Technique is very calming, especially lying on the floor and knowing how to release my arms.”

 

Max – age 15

 

“Alexander Technique puts your mind at ease. i like it when you lie on the floor and then you get in the zone. I let go into this awesome place.”

 

Sean – age 14

 

“Alexander Technique helps your neck, your ams, your legs, your head, your spine. It helps you get into yourself and be free. Into a place where you are most calm and your inner self is at peace.”

 

Esme – age 14

 

“Alexander Technique makes you feel more aware of what’s going on. It makes you think more clearly so you can react to what is going on better.”

 

Ewan – age 15

 

“Alexander Technique helps you release tension. Its helped me learn how to let go and helped me stand straighter because I am tall. It has helped me feel a lot more confident and happier. I used to be really scared of everything.”

 

Anna – age 12

 

I feel Alexander Technique has helped improve my awareness, When I first started at school I used to be really sleepy in the morning and have a sore back. Now my back is fine. I feel Alexander Technique has helped my structure. I feel quite laid back almost. I feel more natural playing piano and sax. My fingers don’t feels so tense but more natural on the piano.”

 

Leon – Age 12

 

“Alexander Technique makes me feel more confident and learn things you didn’t know before, like being aware of where you hold your tongue to control yourself with more ease.”

 

Chiara – age 12

 

“I like it because I’m not as tense. My shoulders are not so tense. It’s easier for me to walk about on my crutches because I’m aware of how to release my shoulders.”

 

Ruairi – age 12

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Children Being Profound about the Alexander Technique!

Children being profound about the Alexander Technique!

 

“ I find it makes everything easier because there is less tension throughout my being. I get tense when I start thinking too much about being right as opposed to being free and allowing myself to be wrong.

Allowing myself to be wrong is useful as I am putting less pressure on myself. I can think more clearly. I have more choice and I can appreciate being right more easily. My habitual experiences are not in the way of my development.”

 

Ethan – age 13 years

 

 

“ Alexander Technique is very helpful for me because I am a stressful person inside. The Alexander Technique has helped me release mental and physical tension which frees my body and makes me feel calm and collected. It also expands my mind to different ideas, to look at things from a different perspective. You concentrate on anything and think forward and up and soon I find my neutral zone to feel and think calmly and it feels balanced and easier to live life.

It helps with my creativity because it is an experimental way of thinking about daily activity and it helps enlarge my creative side because there are no mistakes and even if there might be a mistake you can learn to come back to your poised mind and inner self. You can just step back and acknowledge where you ant wrong and think forward and up again.”

 

Hannah – age 13 years

 

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Why is Alexander Technique not Compulsory at school, asks 12 year old boy!

This is a completely spontaneous comment from a 12 year old boy I teach at school. I am lucky to teach the Alexander Technique at a high school in Edinburgh.

 

“I think Alexander Technique should be compulsory at all schools because people need to be more aware of the way they think and do. As I learn less is more I have a whole new perspective and the ability to completely stress relieve just by doing nothing for 17 minutes and thinking about myself in different ways.”

 

Ethan, age 12

 

 

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Semi Supine… A little poem by me!

Semi Supine

by Kirsten Harris

 

Taking the time

To lie in semi supine

Is good for my spine

And helps me feel fine

 

17 minutes of time

On the floor is sublime

Let go to align

My bodies design

 

Think into my outline

Contemplate widening from my centreline

Radiating inner sunshine

To find balance’s forward and upward refine

 

Intelligent as  Einstein

As refreshing as wine

Rejuvenating the discs of my spine

And it doesn’t cost me a dime

 

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Easy DIY self care guideline

Release holding my lifeline

It’s quite simply divine!

 

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Do it the Alexander Technique way – Ease the Day!

Would the Alexander Technique Version of seize the day be ease the day?

 

To seize

 

– to take hold of suddenly and forcibly

– take forcible possession of

– take eagerly and excitedly

– affect suddenly and severely (seized with pain)

 

To ease

 

– absence of difficulty of effort

– freedom from worries or problems

– make something (unpleasant or intense) less serious or severe

– Do something with more moderation

– Make something happen more easily

– Move carefully or gradually

 

Do it the Alexander Technique way –

Ease the Day!

 

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The Zen of Back Pain

That nagging unbearable back pain could well be your bodies way of saying ‘Oy boss, over here, pay me some attention! I need some space!’

What do we often do instead? We numb the pain out and forget to listen to it?

 

So here are a few personal tips for finding the space between the pain which is ultimately your way out! I will  call it the Zen of Back Pain, as it is all about easing into space mentally  and physically.

 

– Hang out in the pain! Let yourself explore it, physically and mentally! What are it’s boundaries, where is there no pain?  This is your call to stop! To change some aspect of your life for the better! Can you hear it?

– Do less! You have to ease up and get out of your own way. Stopping begins with the intention, yet it might be like mentally fighting your way through a thorny forest or  tangled thicket, until you come to a clearing where you can pause, stop and get out of your own way! Let yourself explore what stopping means to you! Do you feel you don’t have time to stop? Do you feel too pressured to take life a little easier. Where is the hurry up, try harder,  the tension coming from in your life, in your thinking?

– Learn to learn  from the pain. It is such a great way of coming back to yourself in terms of how you move and how you think. Bear with it, it may well take time, days or weeks to find your way out of the tangle of  muscle tension will release into space! Trust your spatial awareness, trust gravity, trust your spatial thinking, trust gravity a little more!

– Breathe into the pain. Find space with your breath. Massage and ease your back with your thinking! Very Zen this!

– If you like to swim, then float your bones apart,  you can hang on one of those floaty noodle things to do this and let the weightlessness of the water ease you apart to lengthen and release the tightened muscle.

– Lie in semi supine often. Even if it is only for a few minutes. Sometimes when we are stressed or in pain, it can be a mental effort to put ourselves in  this amazing position of mechanical advantage even though we know it is the best thing for us. So can you start adding little bits of Zen space for yourself between your activity?

– Ask yourself, what does it mean to take care of myself? It could be that you need to drink more water, to rehydrate yourself. It might mean that you need to carve out a bit more personal space in your living environment. It might me that you need to give some of your relationships some space…. Ease and Space – what  do these words mean to you?

– Lastly, our bodies and our minds need space to live comfortably and easily. Spaced out bones, spaced out thinking, spaced out thinking, spaced out bones!

 

Sometimes we need help…. I highly recommend finding an Alexander Technique teacher in your area!

 

 

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Good for the Old Body

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Kids quotes on Alexander Technique

When we let go we get more energy – Lola age 12

 

Semi supine uncrumples you – Mia age 14

 

If everyone did the Alexander Technique there would be no more wars because everyone would be controlled and calm and in the right mind.’ Jack age 15

 

The Alexander Technique is a peaceful science – Kier age 14

 

The Alexander Technique is a relaxative! – Sean age 12

 

Semi supine makes you feel happier and be confident with your body. Mia age 14

 

Semi supine feels like it will help you cope. Victor age 13

 

If you’re depressed and you think ‘forward and up’ you may feel a bit better. It’s also a good position to think. For example if you have two periods of maths it’s really good to think’ forward and u’p so my back isn’t sore and my neck doesn’t get cramp. Victor Age 13

 

Semi supine makes me feel more ready to do stuff – Lola age 12

 

Semi supine takes your mind off worries. – Lucy age 15

 

It’s more than just lieing on the ground because my brain feels more ready to learn, less resistant. Saskia – age 12

 

Resting in semi supine empties my mind, it’s time to process so I can take more in – Anna age 17

 

Things you might like –

Alexander Technique inspired colouring book – Click here

Body Magic, Audio for letting go in semi supine – Click here

 

 

 

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Letting Go

Letting go can be tricky! It takes courage and trust. Trust in the support of the universe we live in, that is planet earth and it’s beings on it’s daily and cosmic scale. Courage to reach a new and unknown destination.

Letting go, can be small and it can be huge. But I think the process remains the same. Trusting that you are safe and will be supported and risking the leap into the unknown. We can’t change and stay the same. We can’t let go and know what is going to happen next.

For me letting go is a psycho-physical process on this the planet of emotions, earth. The mind has to trust, the body has to ease, the emotions have to be allowed. Well at least that is how it is for me. Breathing and trusting my heart, feeling and trusting my thinking, easing and trusting my emotional weather station.

Letting go of petty thoughts, letting go of long held muscles with all the past memory holding, letting go of loved dear ones, friends, relatives, pets! (I love you Lucky!) Letting go of expectation, letting go and trusting what happens next, letting go and being creative, letting go and being adventurous…

And letting go can start with just stopping and resting for a few minutes, because that kind of letting go allows holding in our being to unravel which allows change to unwrap and the adventure to begin.

 

Tally-Ho! I’m letting go!

Riding along on my horse Easy Flow!

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Are you ‘musterbating?’

Are you musterbating?

 

Are you ‘musterbating’? I know I am! I must do this, I must do that!  I must, must, must….cut the grass, wash up, earn money, be more fabulous, write a blog, build a platform,  get fitter….fill in the blanks…..

It’s enough to drive a girl mad! The pressure I can put on myself, only serves to shorten and tighten me ultimately. Short breath, short muscles, short bursts of activity. In short!  I must stop ‘musterbating’!

 

Stopping really is an art. Knowing when to stop, spotting the moment to put down the brushes, not to speak, not to react. Stop and chill… But do we ever really practise stopping and  question what it means to stop. Consciously stopping in the moment for a breather, a moment of wonder, to just smile, to be grateful for simply being alive. I’m a master of ‘mustology’! But stopping… Stopping to let my neck be free, my shoulders drop? Stopping to tune in to how I am.

 

Stopping is an amazing way to take care of yourself!

 

Or stopping in a more full-stop kinda way, by laying down on the floor in semi- supine for 15 or so minutes. The amazing  Alexander Technique position of mechanical advantage, that very quickly restores your muscles into a lengthened resting state and allows your intervertebral discs to rehydrate.  The more often you rest in this way and do nothing the more you will get out of it! It’s the art of non-doing…

 

So guess what? I must go and lie on the floor NOW!

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3 Easy Tips for Sitting at Your Computer

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1. Are you off your rockers?! Like the skeleton in my sketch

In other words are you sitting on your sitting bones?

Sit on your hands for a moment and feel your sitting bones. These are bony rockers at the base of your spine.

You are sitting on a bony rocking chair. Anywhere on these rockers is OK. Have a little rock. You are mobile even when sitting.

Rock On!

 

2. Are your shoulders up around your ears. Let go, do less. Have a thought ‘Let my neck be Free’ It might surprise you! Let me know!

 

3. Can you soften your hands. Soft light fingers. Be light! Lighter!

 

More soon!! x

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Full Stop!

 

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The Art of Change – Stopping is a Good Place  to Start!

 

If we keep doing the same thing in the same way we will keep getting the same result! FM Alexander

 

So how do we change when our habits keep us in the same place? Alexander Technique’s position of mechanical advantage ‘semi- supine’ is a good place to start. Just stop, let go and change starts to occur without you having to do anything. Give it a try!  A little bit of everyday magic and in the words of one of my 12 year old high school Alexander Technique pupils ‘It’s a Relaxative!’

 

So if you want to change, your mood, your thinking, your physical condition. Put a full stop on your activity and lie down in semi-supine for 15 – 20 mins.

Enjoy! It’s Easy!

 

Body Magic Download available here

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7 Reasons why resting on the floor is Good for You!

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7 Reasons why resting on the floor is Good for You!

By Kirsten Harris

 

  1. Resting on your back with your knees bent, hands on ribcage and your head resting on 2 or 3 paperback books gives maximum rest to your body mechanics.
  2. Resting in this semi supine position for 17 minutes gives time for your intervertebral discs to rehydrate. These are the spongy spacing shock absorbers between the bony discs of your spine.
  3. 17 minutes resting still in this position gives time for your muscles to let go and begin to release into a more lengthened natural state. The hardness of the floor helps stimulate this, but as you let go, strangely the floor seems to get softer and more comfortable.
  4. Adrenaline leaves your blood supply as your body calms down.   Adrenaline is a poison for your system and we are all too often constantly awash with the emergency chemical.
  5. Resting and being a human being not a human doing, allows the mind to calm and function more creatively.
  6. This is a great position of letting go of old unwanted issues from your muscle tissues. Just letting yourself fall onto and ‘into’ the floor and ‘non-do’ releases old memories stored in the muscles and brings you back to the here and now.
  7. You feel much better! Physically, mentally, emotionally stronger, just by stopping and doing nothing!
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Human Being – Stop and Smell the Roses

Human Being or Human Doing?

Have you spent any time today just being.

Being present, being aware, being comfortable, being here?

Have you stopped to smell the roses?

To be or not to be?

 

Human being or human doing?

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Reaction Awareness

Alexander Technique – creating awareness of habitual reactions.

How about create an easier day by changing one reaction today.

You might just change a negative  into a positive  today, by simply changing the way you react…

Or choosing not to react at all, and let your creative mind have a chance to find an easier solution.

 

 

 

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Ease

What does ease mean to me?

 

Freedom from worries or problems (I let my neck be free)

Or ease in the way I think about my challenges (direction)

 

Peace, peacefulness, tranquillity. composure, serenity, repose, restfulness, quiet, contentment, security, comfort, harmony

 

An easy nights sleep

Easy outcome

Easy relationships

Easy life

 

 

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Sunday Rest

Sunday, traditionally a day of rest. What have you done today to rest your body?
Laying on the floor in semi supine for fifteen minutes is constructive rest. Constructive – means having a beneficial purpose, helpful, encouraging, productive, practical, valuable, worthwhile, effective, beneficial, advantageous…
Sounds easy to me, fifteen minutes doing nothing for all those gains!
Dare you to rest!

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Listen-in

Whatever your doing today, there is time to close your eyes for a moment, a minute, a bit and just listen. Listening…. Listen-in….

What do you hear? Might surprise you. Take time to close the lids and be hear! Here! Here!

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A little verse

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Taking Time

To Lie in Semi Supine

Is Good for the Spine

And Helps you feel Fine!

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Focus

If it’s not easy, change your focus.

Letting activities be focussed, yet easy. What does that mean? Trying hard doesn’t work.

Focussed, but not trying too hard. Easily getting on!

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De-Tension

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If only school detention had been like this!

Detention Alexander Technique style!

 

 

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Spine

Spine – amazing, bendy, flexible, wriggly, snake like, intelligent, dancing, mobile spine….

Core, road, trunk, brain stem, super highway…

Support…

Is your segmented spine wiggling through space today, or slumped, collapsed, tightened, held, fixed?

Moving dancing spine….moving dancing brain!

It’s a thought!

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Jaw

Is my jaw tight?

Am I gripping and grinding my  teeth clenching my jaw, gnawing on a problem?

It’s an incredibly strong muscle, masseter. the big jaw muscle, which can cause headaches, gripping on either side of your skull.

Today can I just let my jaw have a bit of a rest!

A bit of space, a bit of a smile.

It’s jaw awareness day. Yawning, ‘jawning’, smiling, easing.

It’s dawning on me now, release my jaw!

Don’t need to get a grip!

 

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Pandiculate

Pandiculate!

 

It means to stretch and yawn!

Have you pandiculated today?

An easy and satisfying way to energise and ease yourself!

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Breathe Out x 3

3 slow smiling out breaths will free your breathing.

Couldn’t be easier than that!

 

Breathe Out…. allow the breath in

Breathe out……slowly slowly slowly……. allow the breath in

Breathe out….. gently sustained gentleness….. allow the breath in

 

Breathe

 

Lessons on Breathing available here. Invest in your breath! Invest in your life.

 

Or as the Zen saying goes

 

“Breathing is the door on which the door of life swings!’

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Easy Sunday

Are you having an Easy Sunday?

Lie on the floor and put your legs up on the sofa and ease your lower  back for the week ahead. 10 – 20 minutes.

Enjoy! Easy Peasy!

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Easy Creativity

Saturday, a day for easy creativity.

No force, just flow.

That’s flowing thinking, flowing body movement – allowing easy creativity.

Go flow!

Could be fast, could be slow.

Easing through the emotional weather of the day as you create the day easily.

It’s yours to play with….

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Easier

Can I make someone else’s day a little easier today?

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Hang out in your shoulders!

Shoulder blades hang down your back and move freely over the rib cage.

Don’t hang on, shouldering problems, hang out!

Can you mentally hang out  in your shoulder blades today?

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Aching Muscles

Stop, stop, stop, lie down, think into that aching muscle.

Especially when things ache we need to let go!

But funny old human, we are more likely to try and run away from the pain, than pay attention to the call, the shriek, the nag of that aching muscle –

‘Pay attention to Me!’

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Time

Today, I notice thoughts like ‘Hurry Up’ or ‘There’s not Enough Time!’ and I let myself breathe and slow down.
All I have is time, and there is plenty of it.

 

Tic Toc

Tic Toc

In out

Let go

breathe in

breathe out….

 

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Up, Up, Up

Absorb the forward momentum upwards through the spine. Up, up, up, and forward. Forward, forward, forward and up! Well that’s what I am thinking today. Enjoy

 

UP UP!

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Smiling Nose

Today’s little easy thought is

‘Smile with the tip of your nose’ ……and see what happens.

Who knows what you will experience…..

Enjoy!

 

 

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Smile with your Ears!

Smile with your ears!

It’s a thought.

Makes mine feel more open, more receptive.

Hearing the space between the sounds.

Smiling ears, smiling listening

 

Oh and listen to this – it helps the skull to balance on the head… Eerie!

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Smile with the back of your neck

Smile with the back of your neck!

What the heck!

 

t’s just a thought…..It transformed me…

and it feels good!

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Falling asleep

Easing out of the day into sleep

Falling symmetrically into the mattress

bone by bone

brain scanning the body

breathing out through each limb

Falling with symmetry into the mystery.

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Spring Breath

Ahhhh another day on planet Earth, and so many wonderful sweet breaths to enjoy,
Bird song filled spring air flowing coolly in, warm air flowing out into the world, warmed by me.
Flow of breath through my springy free neck.

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I let my neck be free

I let my neck be free today.

Liberation from self imposed tyranny. Free my neck!

Free – Able to act or be done as one wishes, not under the control of another
Free – able or permitted to take a specific action.
Free – Independent, self governing, self-directing, autonomous, democratic, emancipated, unobstructed, unimpeded, unhampered, unlimited, clear, open
The Magic Starts here… I let me neck be FREE!

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Soft Eyes Smiling Eyes

Looking at the world today with soft eyes!

I call it ‘Ahhhhhh kittens!’ eyes.

The feeling of softness in the eyes when you look at something that wonderful.

Eye See!

My ‘I’ today is soft smiling eyes.

Get the idea?

Have fun looking..

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Breathe Breathe Breathe

Breathe, breathe, breathe! Out breathe, clearing out the past…
In breathe, inspiration… and so it goes… ahhhhhh… Breathe Out!
And smile….ahhhhhh…. the inspiration just floats in.

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Speed Ease  1

Today, are you going at whirlwind speed?

There is time to pause for a moment, a stop, to just consciously breathe!

How many little mmmmmm,  ahhhhh’s  can you manage today?

mmmmmm, I like it!

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One Less Cup of Tea  170

Today, just a thought, how about I have one less cup of tea and go and lie down in semi supine for my refreshment instead!

 
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Regeneration

Thinking about me is creative and regenerating!

 

I think I will lie down today and regenerate!
There is plenty of time for choosing restful regeneration amongst all my activity today!

 

REGENERATION!

What a great word!

The Dictionary definition is

 

– An act or the process of regenerating

– The state of being regenerated

– Spiritual renewal or revival

– Renewal or restoration of a body, bodily part or biological system after injury or as a normal process”

 

Semi supine is regenerating, it’s a position of mechanical advantage. Minimum stress and strain with maximum benefit.

It regenerates my energy, my intervertebral discs, my creativity… to name a few

 

My media download Breathe will definitely regenerate you….CLICK HERE to find out more

 

 

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