‘Think up’

My favourite dog walk at present is in the Alice Holt Arboretum, Farnham. There is a dip where there are more than 60 Redwoods, and through their feathery leaves, the sun shines a spotlight on the forest floor. Sitting there today, I found myself looking up – to the treetops, the sky, to birdsong.

A key element of the Alexander Technique is the ‘directions’ to self: thinking ‘Let your neck be free in order to allow your head to go forward and up, and your back to lengthen and widen’, or in shorthand, ‘think up’. When I think ‘up’, magically, I feel more open, I seem to have more room to breathe. and I see more. Try it maybe?