may allow you to overpower any obstacle
but it is Awareness that enables
you to transcend.
I have noted a string of nagging injuries this year, and so have been inspired to read about biomechanics, proper alignment, etc.
And I have been struck again how the body is such powerful teacher.
Basically, as many of us do, I have been allowing my strongest muscles and tendons to take on the burden of compensating for poor mobility and biomechanics. And this had worked for several decades, but no longer.
Even the strongest structures in the body need support in order to be able to function properly.
I had been fooling myself that I was “fine” as long as the largest, strongest muscles could power through the limitations present.
But those limitations are compromising the whole system.
I thought about how this dynamic can apply to all aspects of our lives. I think throughout our lives we develop certain strengths – our “go to” responses, if you will.
Maybe yours is your highly developed compassion or empathy or high work ethic or social organization skills or whatever.
We go to this well again and again to get us through the next moment in life, just as we call upon our large physical muscles to complete the next athletic move.
What if, though, just like in the body, our “go to” overdeveloped response is no longer able to compensate for our limitations?
As I am learning with my body, perhaps we need to return to working the “stabilizers” in our lives.
In the body, the stabilizers are the small muscles, that as the name implies, stabilize the joints. This allows the more powerful muscle to do what they are designed to do- generate power.
Perhaps, as we age, and we see things no longer working for us as they once did, we need to step back and stop over-developing certain traits that may no longer serve us.
We may find better results working on our energetic and emotional “stabilizers” – those smaller, behind the scenes, actions and thoughts that stabilize us, rather than calling upon our overdeveloped responses.