Our refurbished home is now finished, the builders have moved on to new pastures and we have finally moved in. Eight months of building and repair works to our new 200 year old house has finally come to an end and I have withdrawal symptoms for my daily discussion with our Master of Works; the talking through of details and decisions which have been virtually all consuming over recent months. Now it's back to 'normal living'. What is that, I ask?
In my work as an Alexander Technique teacher I help people overcome postural habits, where muscles and co-ordination have got into a set pattern of habits that characterise our posture and govern how we move and how much effort we make in doing the simplest of tasks. But retraining our muscles and co-ordination in Alexander lessons we can get out of habits that in the worst situations can cause a great deal of pain, discomfort, anxiety and loss of ability and reduced performance in all fields of activity.
But here I am with post-project blues missing my daily interaction with Russell who has expertly steered us through to completion, and I realise that my brain 'muscle' is just as prone to get into habits as my physical muscles! Habits of thought are just as powerful as habits of posture and physical tension. So it's time to move on; to move out of the mode of house renovator and to recommence all those activities that can give me immense pleasure, but it takes a certain amount of mental switching over. For instance, my violin has barely seen the light of day for weeks, my photography has come to a complete standstill, but now I have a brand new darkroom at our house (yes, old fashioned darkroom for camera film development and printing pictures in wet chemicals!) I am almost ready to get back into it. But how rusty I feel!
The violin almost feels strange in my hands; I'm clumsy and less proficient with the minimal practice I have afforded it in recent months. Goodness knows how my darkroom skills have fared but I shall challenge those at the weekend, I hope and do some inaugural prints with my new facilities.
Also, after a rather lengthy spell away from writing blog entries, I hope to settle back into the pleasant occupation of writing some musings and drivel, mainly for my own amusement, but if you're at all interested, then please do drop by occasionally. I'm sorry for the recent lapse in writing, but I hope you don't hold this against me!
So with spring well and truly budding, the weather most pleasant and a garden at our new home flourishing, I can reflect on all this in between my clients for Alexander Technique. So as another person is about to arrive for her lesson to improve her posture, I'll must go and get on with the day in hand. See you soon. :-)