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. Enough whining. 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 use 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.