| Three Ss for movement & life
Shout-out to a special teacher who I got to spend some time learning & laughing with yesterday .
@mimikuodeemer has some beautiful guiding principles. One of them is the "Three Ss":
1. Slow down - where am I moving too fast for no gain? I'm into speed & urgency, I think they're critical from a getting sh*t done point of view. However, we can't go at 100% relentlessly. Without rest, recovery & nutrition or we break down. We know this to be true for the body - that why my physical yoga practice is generally so slow & deliberate, it's a moving meditation + reminder of the value of slowing down. It's also true for the mind, that's why I sit to meditate & have other "forced" rest periods. Slowing down is crucial for productivity & speeding up.
2. Soften - where am I holding unnecessary hardness and rigidity? *Unnecessary* is the key word here - what isn't serving me? So why am I doing it? I get excited when I hear someone talk about "softness"" in the Eastern, Taoist sense - because it's been a huge guiding principle for me. Softness is not about weakness, going limp or being passive, far from it. We need *some* rigidity & tension, otherwise we wouldn't be able to stand up! It's about losing what we don't need, not getting caught up expending energy in situations we can't change, and at a deeper level learning to use the forces around us instead of always meeting force directly with force. A little IG post can't do this idea justice. Play with the idea of dropping rigidity that doesn't serve because it expends energy that is not useful - does that make sense? Bruce Lee was pretty big on this . A simple e.g. - holding tension around my eyes & forehead is unlikely to make me write an email any better . Which neatly moves us onto the principle of...
3. Simplify - where am I doing things in a more complicated way than is needed? Pretty self explanatory really .
Big thank you to @yogalikewater - with whom I'm currently doing a 1 year immersion into yoga & meditation - for bringing Mimi & other amazing teachers into my consciousness .
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