Thinking in activity
In the Alexander technique, the concept of ‘thinking in activity’ refers to thinking that incorporates an expanded awareness that includes the use of the entire psychophysical self – that is, thinking that incorporates awareness of the whole body as well as the mind – while in the process of responding to different stimuli: thinking, moving and acting in the activities of your everyday life. This type of thinking is in contrast to relying on unconscious habit and includes inhibition and direction-sending and the holistic operation of your body/mind coordination as you respond to stimuli in daily life.
In practice, this means that as your lessons in the Alexander technique progress and you increasingly learn how to inhibit and direct, you experience a new use and sense of your whole united self and different sensations in your body (an improved sensory appreciation). As a result, over time, encouraged by your improved sensory appreciation, your overall psychophysical functioning improves and your attention expands beyond its habitual concerns, becoming more inclusive of your whole being and taking in more of what is occurring in your surrounding environment.
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