What Does Trying Hard Feel Like?

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I took piano lessons for 8 years growing up.

One afternoon a week my mom drove the 10 minutes over to my teacher’s house. In her living room that was too small for both the baby grand and the harpsichord and the living room furniture, I’d have my lesson.

I won’t lie. I never really enjoyed playing the piano. And I don’t enjoy it now. Once in a while, I’ll touch a piano. But it’s just not my thing.

The lessons though did give me an experience of what muscle memory is all about. Continue reading “What Does Trying Hard Feel Like?”

How a Cure for Chapped Hands is an Exercise in Changing Habits

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I live in Minnesota. The winter air is cold and dry (think major static cling!)

I’ve a tendency towards itchy, dry, sensitive skin. In the winter, if I’m not careful, it quickly gets out of control.

It’s not just that my chapped hands will remind you of an alligator—the skin can crack and bleed.

I’ve tried all kinds of lotions and creams. And if you don’t know the difference between a lotion and a cream—well, in the winter here you want hand cream, not lotion. The thick stuff that you just take a little dab of and spend a minute or two gently massaging into your skin.

But using hand cream often during the day is not enough for me. Continue reading “How a Cure for Chapped Hands is an Exercise in Changing Habits”

Shazam! (why good posture is like a healthy diet)

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I just finished teaching a three-week introductory class in the Alexander Technique.

At the first meeting, I asked the students to write down how they define posture. The point was not to have the right definition. The point was for them to consider how they were currently thinking about posture.

At the last meeting, students shared what they’d take away from the class. Continue reading “Shazam! (why good posture is like a healthy diet)”