The Alexander Technique is about waking up

If you want to learn something, I ask you to stand up and to walk around the room for 30 seconds juggling three imaginary balls while taking care not to bump into people or furniture. If you don’t want to learn anything, please stay seated, stay stuck in your habitual ways of doing things, after all, they have served you so well, why would you want to understand yourself better and do a damn fool thing like learning?

Now, what do you notice in your body, in your thinking and in your emotions as you tried to juggle imaginary balls as you walked around? How would you compare that to what you were thinking and feeling a minute ago? Does it serve you to increase your awareness and alertness or are you better served staying slumped and stuck in your habits?

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see My work has been covered in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and on 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (
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