The Alexander Technisque is like music. If you don’t play it, it can’t be heard … and it as to be put into practice, integrated and remembered over and over again to really enjoy its full potential (Kleinman 2021, s.19).
She decided that when she got up in the mornings, she would continue with her usual activities, but for just five minutes every day she would project her directions without attempting to ‘‘do’’ them. Sometimes she would simply lie in bed and project her directions. Sometimes she would exercise. Sometimes she would put in a load of laundry. The nature of her activity wasn’t important. What was important was that she made a deal with herself that, whatever she did, for at least a short period of time, every day, she would give herself directions ... She figured that ... if she did it in the mornings, her obligation would be satisfied early and she wouldn’t have to feel guilty if she didn’t ‘‘think’’ for the rest of the day.
When she started this experiment, she did have trouble projecting her orders for five whole minutes at a time. She would become distracted or bored or just plain tired of ‘‘thinking’’ in this way. As the days and weeks passed while she continued her practice every morning, however, she noticed that she had developed another problem: she couldn’t stop thinking this way after just five minutes.
As time passed, she noticed she was getting more and more done when she first got up. The quality of her work was improving. And, every time she looked at the clock to see how much of the required five minutes was left, she found that she had already exceeded them – often by large amounts of time. More to the point, she found it harder and harder not to ‘‘think’’ in this way at other times as well. (Weed 2004, s.119).