‘That’s it!’ Lucy shrieks, as Schroeder finally plunks out Jingle Bells.
‘Yes! That’s it!’ I say to a student, ‘You are poised and balanced.’
‘WHAT do I need to do to keep it this way?’ the student invariably asks. You aren’t going to like the answer.
Forget about it. Leave it. You’ll find balance and ease again; in the next minute, the next lesson, the next year. Finding it has already passed. Now we are in a new minute, a fresh moment of being alive and in a body. Live in this one, not the one gone.
Trying to answer the ‘WHAT’ question takes us into the past, transports us to what has already happened. Asking ‘WHERE?’ bring us to the present. Where am I at this moment? Where would my body like to find ease? Where is my thinking? Where could I direct myself to move, to soften, to release?
(Thanks to Bob Lada, for a conversation about ‘what’ and ‘where,’ at his Columbus Ohio 2013 Alexander Technique workshop.)