Have you ever been presented with an opportunity and thought, “Wow! I would LOVE to do that!” Then your next thought was, “That’s silly. I don’t have time. I would make a fool of myself anyway.”
Think for a minute about that thing that you really want to do.
Maybe….There is a girl you really want to ask out for dinner.
There is a martial arts or cross fit class you heard your co-workers talking about that you would really like to try.
You occasionally feel a strong desire to go back to college to finish your Master’s degree.
From time to time you get an impulse to jump in the car and drive to the beach.
It’s so easy to talk ourselves out of great and fun experiences by anticipating the worst. The logical left-brain side of us can make such compelling arguments that our curiosity gets crushed.
To some extent our western culture has conditioned us to be this way. Our intuitive nature is dismissed so easily by the value that is placed on rationality. By ignoring our creative and intuitive nature we stand the risk of missing out on the depth and width in life. However, relying on both, logic and intuition, will move us more deeply into the world and toward balance.
Part of my work as a personal trainer involves getting my clients to move out of their heads and into their body’s. When I ask a new client how the weight feels or to squeeze the muscle, the response is usually a confused look with a, “huh?” Most of their day is spent at work, in their heads where they are making logical decisions, so focusing on being in the body can take some coaching.
Here is an idea, let your workouts not only get you into better physical shape, but also be a time to practice being in tune with how your body and soul is feeling. This is how great athletes learn to get into the zone or be in the sweet spot.
A simple way to apply this is during your warm up. Begin to pay attention to what is going on inside of you. Feel the areas of tightness, the stress & tension & relax. Focus of your breathing and be in the moment.
In our modern society we are so used to living in a state of stress that it’s difficult for us to relax. Allowing yourself to relax mentally & physically will help you move out of your head and drop down into your body & heart. This is difficult for me too, but I find that exercising & then lying down and focusing on my breathing helps. Also, listening to guided meditation or a yoga channel on Pandora helps me to quiet my mind.
There will always be more rational reasons not to try something. What if for once you ignore the handful of reason’s not to do something and focus on the one that is screaming yes?!
Talk about living large…this is where the juice of life is at! You don’t have to own a pent house or drive a Mercedes. Just answer the call inside of your heart and go do the freaking thing all ready!!!
Why not? It is a slogan for an interesting life. Mason Cooley