The dislocation of your faculty of perception
Wed, Apr 23 2014 02:32 | Embodiment, Liberation, Life Purpose, Strength, Strength To Awaken, Strength Training, Weight Lifting
Lifting weights: To call it lifting weights is to already be distracted. Your mind is already divided and lost.
The real discipline is called strength training. The accessory may indeed be weights. And, the accessory might be your body, bands, water or any other form of resistance. The point is the dislocation of your faculty of perception. Read that a few times. Real strength is the ability to open and broaden the aperture of perception such that perception is not longer exclusively tethered to your body-mind. Until you know this strength, you know next to nothing about strength training. To my point of you being intimate with your weakness and vulnerability. He is steering your minds in an all important direction. Take note, straighten your spine, stop wasting your life and attune to a facility of presence that you MUST become. True strength, the real heart my friends, is powerfully present in the most painful, vulnerable and humble of positions. If you resist this, your faculty of perception will remain firmly encased in a limited vehicle that will by necessity betray the very purpose of our existence.
Harvard University Teaching Fellow, Author & Leadership Coach
The Fitness Revolution
Thu, Nov 8 2012 10:34 | Cycling, Embodiment, Fitness, Liberation, Meditation, Revolution, Strength Training, Yoga
When we think of fitness revolutions our minds habitually go toward some "fad" or some "new" trend that does indeed change the landscape of "fitness" for a short while.
This isn't what I am talking about.
Most fads and "new" trends in fitness adhere to the same socially conditioned aims. As long as a fitness movement does not have a genuinely novel orientation, one that is liberated from the social habituations that we are all scripted in, there is no revolution in sight.
None at all.
Fitness as I am re-framing and re-claiming the term here is not interested in shaping your body in some socially habituated aim.
This isn't to say that through this fitness movement, your body may begin to shape and inhabit joy in ways you never considered and perhaps in the process some of these changes may shape you in ways that society looks at and says "yes, I want that" in a deeply conscious way. But, this is not the point.
Maintain your clarity and do not fall into an unconscious loyalty with your social conditioning.
Fitness actually has little to do with the way you look or appear. Fitness as I invite you to relate to this term and practice is something quite different.
The fitness revolution I invite you into is your capacity, ability and skill to FIT with, merge into and participate as the direct immediacy of this moment. Here it is again…
Fitness is your capacity to FIT with, merge into and participate as the direct immediacy of this, and every, moment.
This is your true "fit-ness" and, as you can see, this does not have much to do with the shape of your body, the measurements and stats your body possess nor the desires and aims you aspire to.
This fitness revolution serves your liberated embodiment.
If you're like most people you require training for the type of fitness I am pointing at requires you decoupling yourself from your unconscious habituations. We are not trying to get your body "more fit" in the conventional sense. We are cultivating your ability to fit your conscious participation into the larger immediacy of your life.
It is "hot!"
Meaning, this is an alive, liberated, joyful and deeply engaged embodiment of the full unmediated immediacy of your life.
The next time you find yourself looking at something that's claiming to be "revolutionary" put it to the fire to see if it's aims are genuinely liberated from social conventions. Likely you will see that it's the same old intention, aim and goal wrapped in a new costume jumping around like a clown saying "get me and you'll be happy!"
I recommend using these as wake up calls.
There are many!
If you're like me, you need MANY!
Say thank you and move on, cut through and deepen the participatory immediacy that is always already holding you, co-merging with and as you.
And if you're like me, you can use a conventional tool - strength training - to yield unconventional aims with unconditioned results.
Explore fitness from this lens. Engage your yoga from here, ride your bike from here, sit on your meditation fusion from here, cook dinner tonight from here, write your e-mail from here, run from here, read this blog from here.
Fitness, the ability to FIT with, merge into and participate as the direct immediacy of this moment.
Enjoy your revolution.