The Alexander Technique: A Skill for Life

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The challenges of modern life are best met with poise, alertness, and nimbleness of mind and body. These attributes are our birthright, as demonstrated by every child at play. As adults, however, we tend instead to be hurried, inattentive, and stiff of mind and body. The Alexander Technique is an effective way of re-discovering our natural freedom and its resulting health and well-being.

In The Alexander Technique: A Skill for Life, I explain the principles of the Technique and illustrate its applications to medicine, personal relationships, sports and exercise, and the performing arts. You can read Chapter 2, The Use of the Self, including a short section on that most important of psychophysical activities, kissing. The book's section on music-making is titled Working to Principle.

A Skill for Life was published by The Crowood Press in England in 1999. A few years earlier I wrote its French version, which was published by Editions Dangles under the title La Technique Alexander: Principes et Pratique. When preparing A Skill for Life I made many changes to my original French project. The two books are therefore very different from each other. Subsequently I revised it again before the book was published in Japanese.

 

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Playful Self-Awareness

Self-awareness is the most serious of all games. Over the years I wrote several blog series around this theme. Here they're categorized and indexed.

Reacting

  1. Make a fool of yourself

Assumptions, Perceptions, Judgments

  1. You're wrong about me (but I'm right about you), part 1: Assumptions
  2. You're wrong about me (but I'm right about you), part 2: Words
  3. You're wrong about me (but I'm right about you), part 3: Convictions
  4. You're wrong about me (but I'm right about you), part 4: Perceptions
  5. You're wrong about me (but I'm right about you), part 5: Seven Pointers
  6. You're wrong about me (but I'm right about you), part 6: Ah, the French! (Ah, the Brits!)
  7. You're wrong about me (but I'm right about you), part 7: Moods
  8. You're wrong about me (but I'm right about you), part 8: Judgments

The meaning of "talent" 

  1. Oh reader, you're so talented!
  2. Oh reader, your talent requires TLC!

Deeply held cultural habits

  1. You have no manners (and neither have I), part 1: Are you CRAZY?
  2. You have no manners (and neither have I), part 2: Turn the other cheek
  3. You have no manners (and neither have I), part 3: Watch your mouth
  4. You have no manners (and neither have I), part 4: A Brazilian picks a fight with an Englishwoman in France
  5. You have no manners (and neither have I), part 5: Mangia, mangia!
  6. You have no manners (and neither have I), part 6: Seven Pointers

Working on yourself

  1. Working on yourself, part 1: Call your mother!
  2. Working on yourself, part 2: In the bodega of life
  3. Working on yourself, part 3: The team
  4. Working on yourself, part 4: The one-man band