course code: WS550
compassionate attention - with our students and with our self
with annie turner
monday aug 10, 14:00 - 16:00
venue: CG-059, Main Building (ground level)
O other (working with emotions)
Do you feel daunted by a student’s emotional release? Or wonder how to compassionately listen to the surfacing of their memories without feeling helpless or caught up in them? And how are you with your own emotions?
This workshop will show you a way of being with your student that doesn’t require psychotherapeutic training, yet which allows them to feel unconditionally safe. This allows their past experiences and patterning to release, yet you can remain safely loving and present. This method honours our elements of non-doing, stillness, and the fact that it is how the teacher is, not the student, which creates the conditions for change, enabling the student to constructively release and heal trapped emotions. Compassionate attention can help shift obstinate patterns of reaction so the student can move on into further Alexander work with ease.
The process also assists us to turn towards ourself with a gentleness and compassion that transforms those things within which require continuous inhibition, or are just too painful to face.
'Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity. Be generous with your attention, to both yourself and others' - Simone Weil.
('For me one of the conceptual holes in Alexander Technique has to do with this aspect of any painful discovering. While it's one thing to inhibit my habitual response pattern, there's nothing in the classic language to help me turn toward mySelf with gentleness or compassion.' - From AT teacher Lynn Brice Roser, with her consent.)