One of the three principles of the Alexander Technique is inhibition, that is, to STOP! Simple, right? We recognize something is not working and we stop. Slam-Dunk-Done!!
I was watching our 22-month-old puppy, Tobey. Mostly, he does not know what stopping or inhibiting means, in any way. He is all forward to go! In one very surprising way, though, he exhibits the principle brilliantly. He has one small orange ball which he loves to chase and fetch inside the house. It’s simple. I toss the ball; Tobey STOPS! What’s that all about? He actually sits and waits without being told. He simply does not react to the ball toss. Instead, he watches to see where the ball goes and waits to see where the ball will end up, where it will stop. After the ball stops, he runs after it.