Change means moving on – change means change! Change is like moving house – when everything is in the melting pot – all that was familiar is suddenly new and different. We have to reorientate ourselves. We find ourselves driving on unfamiliar roads, and sometimes going on to automatic pilot – and finding that we’re going back to where we came from – to our old home! When our attention drifts off we lose our direction – where we’re going! We’ve literally ‘lost our heads’.
The old familiar routes and paths are so compelling – even if we want to change – we are drawn to what we already know and are familiar with. So we find ourselves in the old culdesac which is a dead end – and doesn’t lead us anywhere.
But we don’t ‘have to do anything’ – whatever we do, we do because we have decided to do it even if it is subconscious. We’re taking a certain route because we’ve chosen to. If we stay ‘present’ and aware we can choose to take a different route – to take the unfamiliar road to the new destination – to the new house.
I have just moved house – and recently had to drive back towards my previous home. It was such a strange experience – it was at once familiar and alien. I knew where I was going and yet it was as if I was going the wrong way! I had already adjusted to my new route and my new home so that the old route seemed a thing of the past. The new route home had already become familiar and normal.
This just shows how quickly we can change. We don’t have to do anything. We always have time. There is always the silence behind the sound, stillness behind the activity.
Changing means that there is change. We grow into the new space. Familiar objects seem different in the new surroundings. We see differently and give ourselves permission to explore.
If you’d like to explore this with the Alexander Technique – come to my DROP-IN sessions at the Norfolk Clinic or at The Yoga Tree.