Beliefs in Slouching Part 3
BELIEFS IN SLOUCHING
The last post finished with a question, “do I have to constantly remind myself to find my centre of support so I can release tension?”
Well not exactly! Simply reminding yourself to find your centre of support and releasing tension without understanding how and why is one path you may take. It has its limits and I imagine would be rather boring and repetitive -rather like learning historical dates without understanding their context or significance.
Awareness in Learning
In order to change and move easily and effortlessly in the long term, real learning has to take place. Using your own experiences and playing around with being on or off balance is one step towards this. Whenever you are off balance, your system responds with holdings and tightening which you can feel. These are the signals you can become more aware of and act appropriately to. It is important to understand that we are never on perfect balance all the time. In fact it is our inherent instability that enables our muscles to support us in a springy suspension. In other words there is no perfect balance to find and keep. By exploring what it means to be on or off balance gives you the experience and information to move freely and easily.
As you become familiar with moving over the centre of your support your old movement habits are replaced by more constructive ones. There is no need to remind yourself to find the centre of your support as you are already there! Nevertheless there is a fundamental question that needs to be asked which is this; “am I actually doing the slouching or do I find myself doing it?” If you are not actually ‘doing’ it then why do you find yourself slouching? This is one of the key questions relating to the principles of the LearningMethods work. There isn’t one correct answer either, it is purely individual.
Beliefs in Slouching
Could our personal projections and perspective on our lives affect our posture?
In other words how we think, believe and live our lives, is as much a part of our functioning as our organs, nervous system and the rest. If I tell myself that I’m too tall and am embarrassed about my height, my posture will adapt to these thoughts and beliefs without any conscious intent. Thus I stoop or slouch, and this becomes a habit.
So can this be reversed? Certainly !
By changing the belief that I am too tall my pattern of co-ordination along with everything else will transform too. Note that this requires reflection, reasoning and explorations and that it is not possible to change such a belief simply by wanting to or even deciding to. (please see LearningMethods work). The power of our beliefs and our individual perspective on life is greatly under-estimated.
If slouching is an ingrained habit then it can certainly lead to injury and chronic pain.
By actively trying to undo the slouching to stand ‘upright’, you force the shoulders back and you are in fact causing further muscular tension, holdings and possible strains throughout yourself. There is no in between state to search for as you are still responding as if you function in parts and can control them. Changing your perspective of how you function will change your habitual way of moving and standing. This is learning about how we are physically supported and balanced and how we respond as a whole sensitive, intelligent being.
It is therefore important to recognize the serious of slouching and begin learning about it as soon as possible.
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The physical knowledge of exploring how you are supported is part of the Anatomy of Wholeness work. (see workshops) Uncovering your misconceptions, false projections and such like is the LearningMethods work. Though they are presented in different workshops they are interchangeable and often overlap.