SEEKING, one of the “blue ribbon emotions” is “the basic impulse to search, investigate, and make sense of the environment”. Seeking is a combination of emotions people usually think of as being different: wanting something really good, looking forward to getting something really good, and curiosity, which most people probably don’t think of as being an emotion at all.”
– Adapted from Temple Grandin, ‘Animals Make Us Human‘
The curiosity component of ‘seeking’ (as in “ooh! I wonder what I’ll find!”) is right in line with plugging in Alexander principles to get more out of life. Seeking is a big part of ‘directing’: my wish to meet the moment with my full volume, my dynamic elasticity, my whole self.
Meeting the world with curiosity helps me discover what may be interesting out there, especially if I can let go of my brain-story about “how things are or should be” and ungrip the fixed attitude of my body. Then I’m present, available and interested!
What’s under me?
What’s around me?
What’s out there! An idea, a sound, a sight, an invitation?
‘The most interesting people are the most interested people’ – Elizabeth Gilbert, Choosing Curiosity Over Fear
“Look at all that lovely tension!”
– master Alexander teacher Patrick MacDonald, watching beautiful movement
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