What does it mean to walk tall?

DSCN0768Over the last couple of months I started noticing that I’d begun to be slightly bent over at the waist – probably as a result of my lower back pain.

I can’t begin to tell you how enraged I felt. I told myself “Sue Plumtree walks tall, not bent over!”

That’s why I started going to an Alexander Technique practitioner. It’s early days yet but I feel optimistic.

Even so, whenever I noticed I was bending over even if only slightly, I’d pull my shoulders back in an effort to stand straight. Unfortunately, I can’t keep it up – hence the anger and frustration.

Bernie, my AT practitioner, advised me to stop trying to force my body into a position that is currently unnatural, to accept it as it is, and to be gentle and patient with myself.

She also urged me to let go of the anger because negative emotions have a toxic impact on your mind and your body.

My first reaction was, “that’s easy for you to say, buster!” but, of course, not only is she right – it’s what I tell my clients too!

So you might say, I’ve been struggling – until this morning.

This morning I had a revelation that felt so profound that I have to share it with you:

Walking tall has nothing to do with my body and everything to do with how I meet the challenges that life sends me.

Walking tall has to do with self-respect, with self-confidence and with liking who I am.

Walking tall is to stop thinking “why me!” and, instead, tell myself “why not me!”

This realisation has put me in a completely different space. How great is that!

P.S. I enable women build successful relationships, first with themselves and then with others. That’s because your relationship with yourself shapes all your other relationships.

I enable women build relationships that are solid and durable and, especially, relationships where they experience love and intimacy.

If this is what you want too, call me on 020 8940 7056 or email me on sue@sueplumtree.com for a FREE one hour exploratory conversation.

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