Being relaxed is good.
Releasing tension in all my body
Feels like flow
Kind of scary
Legs are working but it feels different.
Till my mind kicks in with a thought:
How am I doing this?
And it all comes to a crashing halt.
The non-doing of doingness
The Zen of dancing
Dancing without the doing, without my mind slowing me down
Trained to move and following
Thinking without thinking
In the body
Following my teacher as he
Moves me like water
Across the floor.
Not yielding to fear
Answers my self to me
Answers my own questioning mind to my body
That already knows.
It is trained to move.
It is my mind that needs to be trained to stop
Stop stopping me
Thoughts are too slow
Movement has already happened
It has to be a trained reaction where
Thinking is the meta-movement
Observing without interfering.
Stopping the clutching contracting stiffening reactions
To the thought of OMG something is good.
That moment of thinking
Takes me out of the Dance itself.
I know from my own years of work that
I will get used to the good feeling
I will learn that it really is okay
Just to flow
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*Alexander Technique – a systematic method for efficient, graceful movement with ease.