Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.
~ Etty Hillesum
***True true! I love this quote because it gets to the core of what ails most of us. Not breathing right and therefore, not knowing how to relax when walk around like a wound up in knots all over our bodies. Modern day life is chaotic, busy, and with the many hats we wear and responsibilities we have, few of us know how to rest and relax. We run ourselves ragged. But, this is the thing, even if you think you are chilling, the tension in our bodies, hearts, and minds is so deep, that it keeps us from fully giving our best.
The great artists of the world know that in order to give what the soul has to share, relaxation is key.
Lee Strasberg, who taught acting to the very best in the world, past and present, knew this was the secret to the art form. And the core of his lessons revolved around the actors ability to fully relax. Tension, he believed, is the occupational hazard of the actor. It's not just actors though, I believe it's the occupational hazard to us all.
This from the book, Strasberg at the Actor's Studio and one of my favorite blogs, Delancey Place.
Where there is tension, one cannot think or feel. The human being he noted, is naturally expressive so there in lies the beginning of the issue. "When he is relaxed and really thinking about or paying attention to something, or even when random thoughts move through his consciousness, impulses pass without interruption into pure expression. The voice changes. Distortions in the way the body or head or the arms and shoulders are held disappear. The expression of the face changes. The person actually takes on a new appearance."
Read the entire excerpt from Delanceyplace.com
|author:||edited by Robert H. Hethmon|
|title:||Strasberg at the Actors Studio: Tape-Recorded Sessions|
|publisher:||Theater Communications Group|
|date:||Copyright 1965 by Lee Strasberg and Robert H. Hethmon|