I’m gonna ‘fess up here and say that I am not the neatest person you ever met! (Those who know me are chuckling.) I especially love to have books and papers around me.
I don’t have that stuff in my office in Philadelphia though, because the stuff can be aggravational, leading to a shutting off of perception that messes with my observational powers of what to do with my Rolfing skills with someone who has shown up in my place of work.
Yesterday at the Saito conducting workshop in Memphis, I was generously given the use of a piano studio for doing some private Rolfing sessions. This studio is neat as a pin, all things in order and decorative objects well placed making for a nice environment.
HOWEVER, there are two huge grand pianos in the room, a couch, a couple of piano benches, some chairs, sheet music shelves, all necessary items for the true use of the room.
First of all, my voice sounded funny in the room, what with the sympathetic vibrations coming from the pianos when my voice got up to a resonance where the person I was Rolfing could hear me. You’d think this would be distracting, having fun fooling around with which partials were ringing better in which range of my voice. (I didn’t let on that I was doing this, btw, it was a secret fun.)
Here’s the fun of it, though: sometimes it takes a while for some Rolfing issue that is being worked with to respond, and that playing around with perceptual experience does keep my natural Impatient side from coming to the foreground. The Impatient side kind of likes being distracted with sound or peripheralities, even energetic distinctions; she doesn’t growl “Hurry Up” at me so much.
The ceilings were a bit higher, too, fooling around with my habitual perception of myself and my client in space. That was good. It is good to be shaken up a little spatially, sometimes I see things quicker and easier that can be done. Conversely, it can take longer, but since I kind of like to have my ruts of perception stirred around a bit, it doesn’t bother me when that happens; so long as there is not too much impatient growling.
The conductors at the workshop got their perceptions messed with a bit, too, by moving them from a medium size low ceilinged room to another room that was built for big for an orchestra or band, high ceilings and big volume of space.
Some of these people will go on to conduct in auditoriums and will be more adaptable to those sizes and sounds because they had this experience.
Personally, I find that expanding my experience of the space that I am in is very relaxing. It is a bit of a mind game, taking the imagination down to the basement and on down, expanding sensory experience there and all sides and up. Bodies including mine usually like that unless there is some constraint from that “unconcious body/mind” that I spoke about a few blogs back.
It’s nice to just breathe into the space, expanding perception and contracting, see what happens with muscular/mental/emotional tension.
As in all of my ideas this is only your mission should you choose to accept it. If it causes discomfort of any kind, scale it back, make it in black and white, put it in an I-Phone screen and then begin to sneakily plump it up, should you choose.
If something or someone is growling, stop.