What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
We are living in the ‘speed age’ where we are surrounded by a vast range of inventions that have been designed to save us time. These include the car, the computer, the dishwasher, the vacuum cleaner, the washing machine, the telephone, electric heaters, electric tools… the list is a long one. In fact, during the 1950s in the USA people were getting very concerned about what they were going to do with their spare time, now that they had so many time-savings devices! The only problem is that here we are, a few decades later, and a great many feel that they have less time than before.
Posture and time are very much connected, as can be seen in common expressions such as being ‘pressed for time’, ‘pushed for time’ ‘under pressure of time’, or ‘moving at breakneck speed’.. This feeling that we have too little time causes harmful tension throughout the body. The old adage that ‘there is never enough time to do a job properly, but there is always time to go back and correct the mistakes’ makes the point that there really was enough time in the first place.
Lack of time is more of a feeling or a thought than a reality. As young children we felt we had all the time in the world, and we were firmly rooted in the present moment. The Summer months seemed endless, as did the time from one Christmas to another. Having little or no concept of time, young children o not run because they feel late – they run because they enjoy running. This lack of awareness of time is reflected in graceful posture and movements. As we get older, however, time restrains put on us by school or work commitments cause us to become more and more concerned about the consequences of being late, and we are encouraged to develop over-concern for the future, thus being less and less engaged in the present moment.
Our lives as adults are commonly filled with appointments for specific times, and if we are late we feel that there may be trouble, even if we are meeting a friend for coffee.
Change Your Posture Change your Life by Richard Brennan (pages 76-77)
Richard Brennan will deliver ‘Change your Posture, Change your Life‘ programme on March 23rd and 24th.
In this intensive workshop Richard Brennan will teach the Alexander Technique principles and show how habitual postural habits can impact on our general wellbeing. More information about the course: https://bit.ly/2E4IMwU