• Stress and how we deal with it

    “While it is true that we can learn, by making intelligent choices, not to make things worse for ourselves in certain ways, there are many things in life over which we have little or no control.  Stress is part of life, part of being human, intrinsic to the human condition itself.  But that doesn’t mean that we have to be victims in the face of large forces in our lives.” Jon Kabat-Zin

    I came across the above recently and I thought that it was a perfect description of what we as Alexander Teachers are trying to teach, that is, the ability to make “intelligent choices” in the “face of large forces in our lives”.  In our work it can be as simple as, can I release my neck or my shoulders, it may not fundamentally alter the situation that is the cause of our stress, but it may allow us to feel more able to cope with it.  Try it and see.

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