Posts for Tag : letting go

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 A letting go of versions of myself that are outworn, outdated or frankly nowadays delusional!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.

 

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Slowly she shuffles stuff

Stuff stuff stuff …

‘Stuff and nonsense’ my granny would have said!

Letting Go by Kirsten Harris

 

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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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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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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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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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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

 

Alexander Technique semi supine

Easy DIY self care guideline

Release holding my lifeline

It’s quite simply divine!

 

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