So I'm going up to Barnard College this weekend for a cool conference entitled Vulnerability: The Human and the Humanities". Academics and political activists will be gathering about the campus watering hole for an all day workshop on the Passion of Being Vulnerable - the ultimate life force energy. Isn't it? Seriously. We might be hiding out, over-muscled, not really breathing, puffed up or collapsed down, texting ourselves into oblivion (my pet peeve), putting on a performance of some kind - playing tough or running scared. Fear. Anxiety. Shame. And our feelings about it all...just drill us into the ground. Because who the hell wants to stand up and be? to be that open? That exposed? Isn't that just terrifying? Here's the dictionary's definition of "vulnerable"...
a. Susceptible to physical or emotional injury.
b. Susceptible to attack: "We are vulnerable both by water and land, without either fleet or army" (Alexander Hamilton).
c. Open to censure or criticism; assailable.
And its synonyms don't give me much comfort either: DANGER, DISADVANTAGE, INDEBTEDNESS, PRECARIOUSNESS, PREDICAMENT, RISK.
Ugh. WHere is the wonder in that I wonder? My neck is stiff as a board right now.
Let's flip it...
Vulnerability: "THe state of being that defines our humanity, that allows us to fearlessly capture our life force energy without restriction of any kind, a condition that leaves us open, grounded all at once, deeply connected to our own selves, as well as being the unconditional link to all human beings."
Nicer, yes? Okay. After years of practicing The Alexander Technique, first as student and now as teacher, I can honestly say...my game of vulnerability has profoundly morphed. I allow this experience to be the seed to pretty much every other one...at least that's my hope. Because that's when I am my most open..empowered...comfortably and quietly myself.
Go watch a favorite performance, play with a baby...hang out with someone who isn't doing that great...i assure you...vulnerability is talking loud. And you kind of love it, yes?
So...if you would like to hear more about how productive, empowering and life-affirming living with a greater sense of being vulnerable can be...please come to my demo on Sunday. We'll laugh and cry about it ALL...promise.
A DEMONSTRATION OF THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE
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There can be no doubt that The Alexander Technique often does have profound
and beneficial effects, and I repeat once more, both in the 'mental' and 'somatic' spheres".
Nobel Prizewinner for Medicine and Physiology
What: A demonstration of the Alexander Technique
When: Sunday, March 4th 11:30am-1:00 pm
Where: 330 West 38th Street, #805 (Between 8th and 9th Ave.)
Reservations Required: To reserve your spot or for further inquiry email email@example.com or call 646-696-0288
• Release the fear that is unconsciously held in your body and limiting your life;
• Heal and prevent chronic joint and neurological problems caused by unnecessary stress and tension;
• Find better balance, coordination and a happier state of mind;
• Gain greater core strength, greater breath control and a heightened sense of the power that comes with being upright, without being uptight. Learn how to be less reactive and become more responsive and open to your environment;
• Develop and embrace a heightened sense of your own instincts and a greater ability to express them fully.
Wendy Allegaert (m.AmSAT) is a graduate of Barnard College and AT-NYC, a three year AmSAT certified teacher training program in NYC headed by senior teachers John Nicholls and Nanette Walsh. Since finishing her training in 2009, Wendy keeps a lively private practice in both Queens and Manhattan, serves as an assistant teacher at AT-NYC and teaches her workshop “Movement and Sound, Breath and Being: the Alexander Technique and the Game of Life” throughout the tri-state area. Also an experienced professional actress and Reiki practitioner, Wendy loves to teach how to sustain an empowered presence in life, whether on stage or off. Being balanced and expressive in a bipedal world is not a luxury, it's our birthright. For more information visit: http://freeingup.blogspot.com