Looking out my office window, the breeze is still swirling the leaves around. There's still some green out there, but things are much more yellow than they were yesterday! The beautiful reds in the above photo are from last year, and that gorgeous Japanese Maple is on the other side of my house from my office, so it's all yellows and browns I see in the forest.
I am in complete sympathy today with those leaves - yesterday they were green, photosynthesizing, doing their thing quite happily. Today, they are a different color, unmoored from their branches, and swirling around in the whirlwind that marks the season of autumn. I'm sure they are thinking "How did I get here?" I know I'm thinking "How is it the middle of November? It was September, just yesterday."
Maybe it's a function of aging, but oh my, the days do go by faster than they used to. And I've had a lot of busy-ness as well as a lot of business lately, all of which I am greatly thankful for. Here in this season of thanks, let me thank you for your attention to my writing, for your patronizing my business, for your kind words. They mean more than I can tell you, and I really do stop whirling around to pay attention to them. And you.
What's Robbin Been Up to Lately?
Well, a lot of things.
I'm finishing up a 24 week class I've been taking called "Journey Through the Chakras." It's been a wonderfully intense learning experience and I look forward to writing about it when its over and I have time and hindsight to process all I've learned.
Professionally, I've been doing a lot of traveling and presenting workshops. In the last month I have taught an Alexander workshop for singers at Rheinhart University, a folk dance session at the OAKE Eastern Division conference in Virginia, and played piano for a bunch of dance gigs around the south. I've raised a bunch of money for the Country Dance and Song Society, an organization near and dear to my heart, by sponsoring a highly successful "Name that Dance Raffle." This upcoming week I'll be teaching a sold-out Alexander workshop for SAG-Aftra members in Atlanta and working with the cast of "The Wickhams" at Theatrical Outfit. Whew! Lots and lots to be thankful for, friends. I love my work.
Take care of yourself in this season of change.
It's cold out there, friends, and being the south, it could be 80 degrees again next week. It's about to be holiday season, and time to visit with family and family-of-choice, for better or for worse.
During this kind of time, I'm thankful for my skills of Alexander Technique and for the principles I can put into practice - awareness of others besides myself, the ability to read bodies that I have as a teacher, awareness of my own comfort or discomfort and how my mental state affects my physical being. I know how to pause and release tension, and in the pause, think before I open my mouth (something my dear departed mother used to beg me to do when I was younger.) And then, I can direct myself positively forward and up, physically coming out of withdrawing or slumping, and mentally finding a new choice for each and every situation life hands me.
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