Learning to say no: experiments in inhibition

Consent lies at the heart of Alexander Technique. I mean two things by this. One person giving permission to participate in some activity. This kind of consent is vital not just when teaching Alexander Technique, but in all domains of life. The experience of giving consent to respond to stimuli. This is how someone who practices Alexander Technique would work

Learning to pause

Let's run an experiment. In a minute I'm going to ask you to choose an object that you can pick up. This is very important: you’ll need it for the experiment to work. … … Before we go on though: raise your hand if you've already identified that object. I said "in a minute" – I even bolded it! – but notice how

You can’t act without intention

Intention organises your system in a particular direction, telling your supercomputer what’s important. Without intention you’d be pushed around by the currents of life. That said, intention also sets up a trap that we can easily fall into. I want to teach you how to avoid that trap. Take that tennis ball. In order for your body to

Unleash your supercomputer

New metaphor: Alexander Technique is the art of unleashing the power of the supercomputer within you. In A Pattern Recognition Theory Of Mind (paywall), Tiago discusses the key ideas in Ray Kurzweil’s book, “How To Create A Mind”. There’s a good intro here to what Alexander Technique, and all those other things, are about. Consider the last time

Non-doing or non-forcing?

I want to unpick a challenge that was presented to me: why do I say non-doing, which can confuse people, instead of something more clear like non-forcing? Non-doing or non-forcing?Indeed, Alan Watts himself preferred the term forcing in translating the ‘wei’ in ‘wu-wei’: “Wu-wei is the principle of not forcing in anything that you do.”I also like the