To Be Present is the Key, I See.

In the last blog,  I encouraged everyone to “watch yourself.”  Today as I was giving a lesson, my student who is a singer and a writer blurted out  “to be present is the key, I see.”  This got me to thinking as we say here in Texas.  What happens when we practice ?  When we begin to watch ourselves, when we inhibit and consciously direct ourselves?   We become still, present.   We can act  rather than react. We become calm and feel uplifted.  This same student shared with me that she feels better as soon as the lesson begins.  

One of my favorite teachers is Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj.  From his book  I Am That  is the wonderful explanation of the difference between ‘aware’ and ‘conscious.’  

Awareness is primordial; it is the original state, beginningless, endless, uncaused, unsupported, without parts, without change.  Consciousness is on contact, a reflection against a surface, a state of duality.  There can be no consciousness with out awareness, but there can be awareness without consciousness, as in deep sleep.  Awareness is absolute, consciousness is relative to its content; consciousness is always of something. Consciousness is partial and changeful, awareness is total, changeless, calm and silent.  And it is the common matrix of every experience.

When we practice the Alexander Technique, when we become conscious of our habitual patterns, learn to pause, and use ourselves consciously;  we become ‘aware’, if only briefly.  This experience connects us to our true nature,  awareness.       

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