Welcome

Welcome to my blog. I am excited to share my work with anyone interested, and eager to receive your feedback. The impetus to start the blog came from the 2013 publication of my book, Body Over Mind: a mindful reality check: attaining psychological freedom by confronting thought with reality, which introduced the practice I have developed called Mindful Reality.  In 2016, I published The Myth of Doing: managing guilt, shame, anxiety, regret and self-judgment, which expanded my work into the fields of philosophy, cognitive science and neuroscience. You can find information and descriptions for both books here.

Mindful Reality is a self-inquiry practice that assimilates my experience as an Alexander Technique teacher, my education in Transcendental Meditation, my long-time exposure to various practices of Buddhism and Hinduism, and my knowledge of the work of Byron Katie. Mindful Reality combats anxiety, depression and stressful thoughts that stem from worry, self-blame and the belief that we must do something to fix our life. Grounded in our “physical reality,” we learn to counter inner judgment and “should” thoughts with an awareness that we must always be doing whatever we are doing. Thoughts, feelings and beliefs that tell us we are not living our life correctly are put up against the knowledge that we can each only do the things we are doing in each moment, as anything else is physically impossible. Acceptance and inner validation are the results.

The entries in this blog reflect this practice, as well as a few creative pieces about my life as a writer. There is also a section called “related themes” which offers videos, books and articles spanning the fields of mindfulness, philosophy and science. I hope you enjoy the ride and thanks for visiting!

Jill – spiewakeng@yahoo.com

For my personal bio, please scroll down to the very bottom of this page.

Here is a podcast interview by Alexander Technique teacher, Robert Rickover, where I describe Mindful Reality:

 

8 Comments

  1. It’s so easy to get caught up in the ‘shoulds’ and compare ourselves to someone else’s yardstick. And though I’m a huge fan of social media (I wouldn’t have found my way here otherwise) I feel that it can at times exacerbate this issue.

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  2. Thanks for commenting. Yes. I hear you. Social media puts us into direct contact with billions of people doing so many things which absolutely stimulates our shoulds! We just have to remember that we are each the only ones who can do the things we do ;-).

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  3. Hi Jill. I happened to stumble across your blog and I’m happy I did. I am new to this blogging game and I’m trying to learn as much as I can while connecting with others. I like your ideas. Anything to help me think a little better and learn a little more is a huge plus in my day. That’s what life is all about.

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    1. Hi Bryan, thank you so much for your comment. Yes blogging is something to learn for sure, I am still finding my way in many ways. Please always feel free to ask me any questions about my work. I’m glad my ideas to speak to you.

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  4. Hi Jill – Wow, what a treasure this teaching is! It feels so true to me… I’m in the middle of your book “The Myth of Doing,” which I luckily found in a late night search. I’ve heard of the Alexander technique but never exactly understood it. Thank you for your rigor, your generosity in sharing this teaching, & your writing — which I find to be lucid & challenging.

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    1. Hi Max, I am so pleased that this work speaks to you! Thank you so much for letting me know. I wanted to mention that as I hopefully make clear in the book, this work is not about the Alexander Technique as much as a result of my assimilation of it with eastern and western philosophies, etc. However, I certainly do present aspects of it that may be what you are referring to. I am also available to converse with you if you are interested via email. You can find my email address on the Welcome page of this blog. Again thank you so much for your feedback, it means so much!

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    2. Hi Max, I also wanted to mention that my first book, Body Over Mind, which is also short like the one you are reading, really introduces how I came to integrate The Alexander Technique with other awareness practices and came to the conclusions I have about choice.

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