One of the total joys of teaching Alexander Technique is that you learn so much yourself! It is an amazing two way process that is utterly engaging. As soon as I start teaching a quality of enthusiasm emerges from me that still surprises. I get in the flow of something joyous.
One of the things we love about children is their enthusiasm, their liveliness, their eagerness and joy, the amazing gusto and wonderment that they bring to activity. Their enthusiasm is a rippling out of a wonderful energy.
The word enthusiasm comes from the Greek, meaning divine inspiration, god within. In the 1600’s the Puritans subverted the meaning to be that of excessive religious zeal and gave the word a cynical overtone, that someone who is enthusiastic is a bit OTT and thinks they are something special!
This morning I am feeling enthusiastic about the original meaning of the word enthusiasm! How do we open to allow divine inspiration to flow? How do we access the god within, that extraordinary aliveness of being?
Am I allowing myself to be enthusiastic about the things I love or stopping myself through fear or lack or negative thinking habits? What happens if our enthusiasm becomes dampened or quashed? Our childlike joyous spirit controlled, depressed or subverted?
From an Alexander Technique perspective I would suggest that if our enthusiasm becomes congested it manifests as aches and pains and unhappiness in one form or another. For me I realise that the Alexander Technique continues to help me access the well of my own enthusiasm and notice when I am getting in my own way. Letting go of congestion in any form allows the spirit of enthusiasm to emerge and be embodied.
So, I wonder if these question will help you too.
What makes you feel truly enthusiastic?
Does a puritanical tyrannical side of you judge you enthusiasms?
Can you let the negative voices go and trust that your enthusiasm is divinely inspired?
Forward an up!
I am enthusiastic about planting trees, and have made an Alexander Technique inspired colouring story book to raise funds for tree planting. Suitable for children or adults. Currently half price. Link here