TOUCHED BY MIDAS
I had this experience a few weeks ago in Boston.
I'm sitting in the grimy waiting room of the Midas shop. It's pouring rain outside. There's a TV news show on and a woman's cell phone is periodically spewing shrill noises. What an opportunity!
Why not? I can review my choices:
1. Sink deeper into my faux leather chair and shut down my senses.
2. Wish the rain would stop.
3. Listen to the store manager. Every quoted price has a 9 in it; $950.00, $99.99.
Ok. We can't always be in our happy place. Would I rather be in the Berkshires gazing at the sky or swimming in a lake? Yes. But the bills are due and to really live the principles of the Alexander Technique, we have to make choices in the present moment, no matter how mundane. Here are my other choices:
1. I can use my body in a way that creates space and ease. Now I'm breathing.
2. I can observe the employees with compassion. They are human, like me. They work here full time.
3. I can accept the rainy weather as it is out of my control and will benefit my garden.
4. I can have a sense of humor and look forward to finding out that the cost of repairing my car will have a 9 in it.
It's easy to get pulled into habitual irritability. But with a little awareness we can let in the world as it is and choose how to best live in it.