Blog of the Week: Critical Thinking and Conscious Awareness

Originally posted by Fay Putnam on May 6, 2014 at breathistheanswer.com/blog.

Kauai. HII am curious how many of us are conscious about disciplined thinking that is clear, rational, open-minded, and informed with evidence. That is one dictionary definition of critical thinking.  I will admit that until now I have not really given the subject much thought.  My suspicion is that most of us sometimes approach problem solving with such disciplined thinking and yet, sometimes we apply it not at all.  The Alexander Technique totally facilitates and encourages the act of critical thinking.  In our practice of mind-body awareness we learn to pause before barreling into habitual reactions to life’s challenges.  By slowing down our reaction times we then are afforded time, especially at critical moments, to think in a clear and rational manner.  To me, this slowing-down opportunity is the paramount outcome of practicing the technique. Time and again in my writing and teaching I emphasize the value of learning to insert the pause and then conscious breath into our daily habits.

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