Learning through Journaling: a Celebration

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A beautiful thing about teaching is the opportunity to witness someone’s discoveries. It is a rare privilege. When people share their process with me through their journal, I am often inspired and humbled. My private pupil Briay made my day when I saw she had written a haiku about her weekend, and I was even more ecstatic when she gave permission for me to include it in a blog!

I am very touched by retyping Briay’s poem. The sense of wonder and gratitude she conveys at the discovery that things can change just by noticing and “urging”, and “letting”. I don’t have to hold my body up…my body holds me up.

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I am touched by the power and depth of Alexander’s work as it inspires a poem like this after only a handful of lessons. And to think Briay may never have written that beautiful poem without my journaling requirement for the University course of lessons she is enrolled in. I learn a lot about my students when I require journaling…it seems to stimulate a reflective, questioning attitude in exploring how they move through life. I privately celebrate this attitude when I observe it in my students, but thanks to this blog…journaling myself…I have the chance to make my celebration public. Thank you, Briay, for letting us all in on your reflections on the Alexander Technique!!

And here is her poem again, just in case you were not able to read it in the image above:

A Haiku for my Work Weekend

I worked like a dog/ It wasn’t so taxing though/ I sat at a desk…

I smiled at them/ And I printed their tickets/ Silent films they saw…

I sat at a desk/ My shoulders were very tight/ I urged them, “Expand.”

My shoulders released/ And with them my neck was free/ Freedom I did feel

I sat at a desk/ Without the tension before/ “heart”! My dear body!

My happy body/ You work harder than you should/ Thank you for letting

Thank you! My body!/ You can be so efficient/ When you hold me up!

Haiku by Briay Conditt

Blog by Heidi Leathwood

Image with permission from Briay Conditt

 

 

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