All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Movement, #2

Welcome to the weekend Travellers,

If you thought I forgot this thread I started to spin a week ago, I did not in fact, there were just other thoughts that arrived before this one fully formed itself. Others ideas and feelings that needed to get out of me. I find some ideas and thoughts are bossier than others in my mind if you know what I mean. Such is the nature of the muse…

I’m going to limit this to a top 15 kind of situation, because I’m sure I could go on for eons about all the things we learn from moving our bodies and how they inform our daily lives, but there would many repetitive intersections and I like to keep things fresh. Fresh ideas, fresh produce. And by the way, if I failed to say this before, these are not in order of importance. I think they are all important, it’s again whoever gets to the front of my mental line gets to be heard first.

#2 is Being Humble.

Or how movement will humble you and why we need to work from that space versus the ego. What do moments of humbleness teach us and how it affects the way we live with others in this world. Like to hear it? Here we go…

I will say this a zillion times, the human body is never constant, consistent perhaps, but same same, no. You can work out like me for 17 years and still each day I walk into my studio knowing it’s going to be different. You never really do the same work out twice, even if you perform the exact same movements. Your mental and physical acuity will be different every day. Ask any athlete, there are days where you are so attuned in every way it borders on a religious experience. It’s almost like a rebirth. And if you’ve never worked out like that you probably think I sound crazy, but I’m telling you, movement is not about weight loss or looking a certain way, it’s about those moments.

THEN there are the days where you will have your ass handed to you. You will have shit for balance, you will feel weak, your mind will not get into your body and remain present despite all best efforts. Some part of you will still be sore or tightly muscled, or your range of motion just isn’t working as usual. You may not “feel” the movement as usual, or be able to catch your breath. Or as a woman it’s that time of the month and well, that’s a whole level up challenge that men are blessed to never experience. And you will be humbled. Working out is EQUALLY about these moments too.

What do I mean, I mean you will be reminded that you are not a Golden God, you are a mere mortal. You are not invincible. You have not dominated and humiliated all that is before your eyes. And that’s important for all of us to remember. Even in my finest Athena inspired moments, I will stumble and remember that falling down is as important as getting up. I actually make a point to giggle about it versus get angry, because it’s part of the ride. Slip ups and perceived failure are important.

It’s the scene in Batman Begins where Bruce Wayne’s dad asked him, And why do we fall down Bruce? So we can pick ourselves back up. Cheesy, sure, but COMPLETELY FUCKING TRUE.

I think it’s important to always remember we are not above failure or weakness. We are human and there is a softness in our essence where humbleness fits into our design. Even after years of working out, we are never better than another person. More attuned, perhaps, more familiar with our bodies, absolutely. Just not better.

I tend to believe athletic competitions are all an example of not who is better, but who prepared and had a better day. Olympians prepare for one moment, years of hard work and struggle for their ONE moment. That’s humbling in and of itself isn’t it? Because they have to know even despite doing everything, it may not work out. They may not win. The journey there is going to have to be worth more than that moment in order for them to continue on with their sport. You gotta love the movement first and win second or so all the persistent athletes usually express at some point in their careers. Life’s the same way, isn’t it?

Also, humbleness reminds us how to treat each other. It is the great equalizer. None of us are truly a better human than the next, none of us are without our weakness. And arrogance cannot fuel a human forever, the tank will not only run dry, but that soul will be empty as well.

I know some people who believe ego is what drives athletes, but I tend to think the ego is what will get your injured. The ego will tell you to push harder, not for your own growth or learning but to show up someone else. The ego will make you choose unhealthy short cuts and quick gambles with your body. The ego will stomp all over the moments of vulnerability where you could really grow both physically and mentally. You can be proud of your finest moments without being egotistical as an athlete or human. Because you remember the humble moments in equal measure.

If you can learn to be humble in movement, it’s one step closer to applying it to life. Believe me right now after the divorce and looking back, I feel like my life is a field littered with mines of failure. But it’s not, I know it’s not. Deep down. They are just moments where I stumbled. I remind myself what happens when I can’t balance in an asana. I fall but I go on, I get up and I’ll try again. Maybe it won’t work that day. But it will the next. I can wrap my arms around that.

 

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