by David Nesmith ~
What is a Human Pace?
A Human Pace can be described fundamentally as a pace of living in which we maintain balance. Balance among our needs based on our values. Balance in relation to time, energy, and commitments. Balance in our physical body: good poise, proper nutrition, adequate rest and sleep. Balance in our relationships. Balance between our work and leisure lives. We are all designed by nature to live at a Human Pace.
Why is living at a Human Pace desirable?
The benefits of living at a Human Pace are many. We would be less stressed in our body and mind. We would have adequate recovery time from potentially challenging situations in our personal and professional lives. We would regularly experience freeing exhalations, not just a couple of times a week or day, rather every day, in most situations.
You would experience less haste. You would be more resilient, more calm, more responsive rather than reactive. You would experience less anxiety. You would very likely experience less discomfort and pain. Your intuition will be stronger.
What beliefs might be getting in the way of living your life at a Human Pace?
We might be limiting our ability to recover a Human Pace of living if we think we just “can’t slow down,” because we already feel “so far behind.” We feel stuck in the “rat race.” Or, I’m always in pain, that’s just the way it is.
So much of what manifests in our lives is because we believe it to be so, fixed and unchangeable.
The first step in recovering life at a Human Pace is to realize that we do, indeed, have options. And then to learn that we come equipped as human beings with the capacity for reason and choice.
What is a practical strategy for recovering life at a Human Pace?
The Alexander Technique is a modality that provides a practical strategy for re-educating ourselves to access this power of choice. Choice with regard to our poise (dynamic posture), our diet, our relationships to people, leisure, work, our work environment, etc.