“Prayer,” according to Richard Rohr, “is a stance.” I was touched by his words and his definition and cannot let it go. You may find it for yourself on the Facebook Guild of Health page in a post by Rosie Press. Thank you Yvette Daoust for connecting me to the source. The following, for better or for worse, is my responsibility alone.
Prayer invokes our standing with the Almighty. It aligns us with Divine Intelligence. It is our turning toward God, our intention, our orientation, our stance. The Alexander Technique is certainly not prayer, certainly not divine, but you might say that the technique is prayer come down to earth. Its milieu is our standing in the world, our relationship to the objects about us, to others—and within our selves—the relationship of the part to the whole. It is the living of an examined life, the questioning of instinct, the subduing of habit. As such it may be a matrix for a meditative life, even perhaps, in the stilling of personal duality, a matrix for a life of prayer. Have a lesson. Look at the way you stand, at your stance, at the way you sit, the way you occupy your self. Each becomes a microcosm of our response to the world. It is not prayer. It is not so great. Yet, though it it may be small, it may be the multum in parvo, the great in little. You owe it to your self to try it, that is, if you have not already. Photo: Shutterstock/Francisco Javier Gil