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The Encyclopaedia of Ease – S

The Encyclopaedia of Ease – Finding ease in everyday words for the fun of it, and because is ease is easier…

Strategease – Not needing to have one, instead going with the flow and trusting your intuition.

Succesease – Finding pleaseure and happiness in everyday things.

Stupiditease – We are all stupid sometimes or as my dad used to say, apply the KISS principle – Keep it simple, stupid!

Simplicitease – Kiss it better.

Sketchease – Quick drawings that flow when you are not trying too hard.

Stressease – You can’t possibly be stressed if you have read the Encyclopaedia of Ease this far! But seriously, if you are, and many people are suffering from stress, then Alexander Technique, laughter and being in nature are the best things I have found for easing stress. Also being with animals, painting and chatting with a friend work for me. Lie in semi- supine, focus on your out breath and let go for a bit. There are downloads available on this website to assist you and lots of fabulous Alexander Teachers worldwide.

Sausagease – A word to say if you want to sound like Sean Connery, best said with a sh instead of an s, just like his name. Which leads us to Sean Connerease – a convention of Sean Connery lookalikes or laughter caused by attempting to speak like Sean Connery.

Synchornisitease – Aren’t they wonderful! You’ll probably see something to do with Sean Connery now.

Sensualitease – Deliciousness experienced in your entire being. Definitely gets heightened by having Alexander Technique lessons.

Sunglassease – Wear them!

Stabilitease – Realising it is a wobbly, wiggly world.

Socratease – The Encyclopaedia of Ease – it’s a logical philosophy to me!

Serendipitease – How fortunate we are to have all these new, accidental ease words.

Ease the day.

Forward and up, love Kirsten x

Copyright Kirsten Harris 4 July 2019

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The Encyclopaedia of Ease – R

The Encyclopaedia of Ease – finding ease in everyday words. Ease that you probably didn’t know was there. And now r… Roll your Rrrrrr’s in speech and movement.

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R – or ah, or argh! Variations of Alexander Technique ‘whispered ah!’ Very useful stress release is the whispered ah!

Radishease – Not everyone is going to like everything. Knowing there are differencease in peoples tastes and sensibilitease. Me, I like radishes.

Relishease – Really enjoying the things you like. Goes well with garnishease and flourishease!

Ridiculousnessease – Having a sense of the absurd, which means you are probably enjoying the Encyclopaedia of Ease.

Rosease – Stopping to smell them – balance can be found by simply paying attention to your sensease. Also irisease – looking and smelling. S’easy really! Birdease works well too – closing your eyes and listening to them chirping.

Richease – Appreciating nature.

Receptivitease – Allowing the flow of abundance. It is all around you.

Recipease – Easy, tasty, healthy ones that you can prepare in minutes.

Ramasease – How on earth did they build the pyramids?

Romancease – I love you!

Copyright Kirsten Harris 2 July 2019

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The Encyclopaedia of Ease – N-O

The Encyclopaedia of Ease – finding ease in existing words ‘psoas’ not to get bored! So now these two letters – N and O, very useful when used together for creating claritiease and boundarease. No is a small word, easy to pronounce but sometimes quite difficult to say and may require repeated practicease. No? Also the second movement of the spine.

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Nastease – Being kind. Kindness is much underrated in societease, methinks. Be kind to each other, animals and nature.

Nicetease – Niceness, also underrated with wonderful qualitease. There’s a lovely feeling of ease being with nice people. Nicetease are the little things that make the world a better, easier place to live in, such as smiling and saying please, thank you, well done and other politenessease. Also old-fashionednessease such as having cups and saucers and setting the table to sitting down to eat.

Negativitease – There is a positive and negative charge in everything. Is your cup half full or half empty?

Nonsensencease – Getting to the end of this Encyclopaedia of Ease!

Newbease – Being new to the Alexander Technique and wondering what all the fuss is about!

Necessitease – Not running out of loo roll.

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Opporunitease – Seeing ease is are all around you and learning to line up with it.

Orangease – Not wearing fake tan.

Officease – Sitting in balance at the computer.

Odditease – Knowing that you probably are one and not caring.

Oasease – Lying in semi-supine aka constructive rest and discovering an oasis of calm, tranquility, peace and loveliness waiting for you. Blissease beyond Blissease!

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Onenessease – A state of balanced poise.

Ostrichease – Wonderful long free neck.

Ostriches by Kirsten Harris
Oil on Canvas

Copyright Kirsten Harris 30 June 2019

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www.kirstenharris.co.uk – For downloadable lessons to listen to in semi supine to ease your day The Alexander Technique way!

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The Encylopaedia of Ease I – K

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Idiocease – ‘Aha’ moments, when you realise you’ve been making things hard for yourself. Often accompanied by insights which cause the hand to be held to the forehead and the making of strange noises such as ‘Doh!’

Ignoramusease – ‘Dah!’ Finally the penny has dropped.

Inheritancease – Letting go of family habits and learnt behaviours that you didn’t know you had which keep you stuck in the past.

Intolerancease – Being much easier to live with! Phew!

Indulgensease – Being tolerant of the strange foibles, idiosynchrosease and quirks of your fellow two-legged’s.

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Jollease – Fun times in the easy company of jolly friends.

Jammease – Comfy night garments that give you a warm cosy feeling. The Daily Ease recommends allowing yourself a jammease day now and then – never really get properly dressed and instead devote the day to easing, stretching and then more easing and resting. S’very nice!

Jurease – Ease of tendencease to be judge and jury to yourself and/or others.

Jumblease – Joy from finding brilliant things in charity shops, thrift stores and jumble sales. Treasures that make your day. Or giving your unwanted stuff to the above for other people to find and make their day. Yay! Finding creative ways of recycling all the unwanted stuff in the world rather than taking it to landfill.

Junkease – Letting go of your shit and freeing yourself from addictive or habitual thinking or behaviours. Also includes clutter clearing and not poisoning the environment.

Jargonease – Saying things in simple ways so people know what the bleep you’re talking about. Alternatively making up your own ‘ease’ jargon and writing an Encyclopaedia of Ease because it makes you smile.

Jobease – Not being stressed by a crappy job!

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Kitteasse also Pussease and Moggease – small felines who are taking over the internet.

‘Dah!’ by Kirsten Harris
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Kiddease – Enlightened schools that teach children the Alexander Technique. Kiddease are very wise beings.

Kinkease – Thrilling feeling of length and width after Alexander Technique ease strategease. A behaviour of humanoids liked by kittease and doggease, who will want to lie on top of you when you kinkease, as you grow in sensitivitease and cuddliness.

Kissease – preferably not slobbery!

Kindnessease – Really lovely things people do that make your heart melt and give you a warm gooey hopeful feeling accompanied with the thought that people are actually really, really nice.

Knease – Ease in both knees. Knees forwards and away – now get me out of here!

Forward and Up! Love Kirsten xxxx

More of the Encyclopaedia of Ease coming soon. Why not subscribe to my blog and learn your A,B,C’ease!

Ease the day and have a good one whatever you are doing.

Copyright Kirsten Harris 26 June 2019

www.kirstenharris.co.uk – Teacher of the Alexander Technique (STAT)

www.kirstenharrisart.co.uk – original artwork and prints

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I Like Myself!

I taught Alexander Technique to university students on a drama degree course for about ten years.

One day I was teaching how our thinking affects the way we feel and therefore move and act and how this happens instantly. I used a really simple example, working with the words ‘I like myself,’ asking the students to say multiple times with different expressions in their voice ‘I like myself!’ To really get into saying the words with passion and feeling, conviction  and matter of factness. To convince themselves and each other that ’I like myself!’ 

(Why don’t you try it now out loud. Some students found this task easy, others found it harder, habitual learned discontent, self doubt and negative self image getting in the way of being easily able to say ‘I like myself.’ Does that sound familiar?)

We all seemed to grow as human beings. We grew in energy and tonality in our voices. Joy and ease started to fill the room. We were all bouncy and up! I asked the students to say ‘I like myself’ to each other and notice how it felt in relationship, smiling and looking into each others eyes.

Your whole self believes and wants to believe the words ‘I like myself’, so for those who struggle with the words, lie to yourself until it becomes the truth! It will! Repetition will create change.

I then asked the students to change the words to ‘I don’t like myself!’ It was a pretty instantaneous collapse into a horrible feeling of being de-energised, like falling into a downward pit of grim emotionality and lack of energy physically. Everyone recognised the feeling as a place they sometimes inhabit, a place of unhappiness.

We shifted back to ‘I like myself’ and the energy in the room changed just as quickly back to being up, open, spacious, lively, animated, connected and free. An interesting discussion emerged into what we had noticed and how this simple bit of self talk might affect our lives. It was a fun class with a serious point and grounded in Alexander awareness.

Later that day I was called aside by a staff member and sternly told that my job was NOT to teach the students to like themselves! I was dumbfounded! 

To me one of the premises of the Alexander Technique is finding our innate well being – which I could argue is a liking of our self in so many ways. I remember my first teacher giving me the words ‘I let my neck be free’ and feeling a remarkable release into a better state of being. It felt like a miracle and a revelation and a door opening to the power of thought in hitherto unimaginable ways. And so simple. Something I could think about on my own.

My thought for this class was to strengthen the students’ understanding of Alexander directions and of course liking yourself is a jolly good basis for being an actor. And as a simple kindly human condition liking yourself seems to be a pretty good starting place too!

I looked at the tension getting close to fury that my colleague at the university was displaying as she told me off and realised that teaching ‘I like myself’ had hit a nerve with her. I was empowering the students! Wow! I politely disagreed, explained the class to her and that I truly believe the world is a better place when we like ourselves, for then we like each other too! 

‘No-one ever suffered by being too kind to themselves!’ – Robert Holden

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Copyright Kirsten Harris 2019

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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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Alexander Technique – An Actors Perspective

 

During my time studying Drama and Performance at QMU we were lucky enough to have several sessions of Alexander Technique with Kirsten Harris. Originally I hadn’t heard of the technique and was unsure at where it would fit in, but it didn’t take long to realise it would go on to be very useful.

From a professional point of view, it is great for auditions as it reminds you to be open and well aligned at all times. This has a major positive effect on confidence and physical factors, such as, stance, projection and breathing. I continue to remind myself of the technique at times when I need a boost or feel nerves rearing their ugly head. For general character work it is also key because it stops you being weighed down by your own physical pressures and hang-ups.

In regards to day to day living, it can be a helpful way of dealing with stress and anxiety – Just keep open, well aligned and think a smile.

Alexander Technique is for everybody and Kirsten is the easy going, kind professional that I would certainly recommend to anyone.

 

Thomas Hallen Actor

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