Here is a tweak I have incorporated in my morning stretches that you may find interesting.
Rather than just aiming to ‘stretch further’, I explore the area of manageable tension, bordered by ‘too easy’ one one side and ‘too hard’ on the other. This is like a playground for mind-training. For example, where there is no effort, I can notice how easily my mind wanders away, whilst where I am in pain I am fully present. Or I can notice the impact my internal dialogue has to the stretch: ‘Can’t wait for it to stop’ brings tightness; ‘This is interesting’ softens it.
Paraphrasing Jon Kabat Zinn, one of the founders of mindfulness courses:
“As we carefully move up to our limits, we learn to dwell in the creative space between not challenging the body/mind at all and pushing it too far.”
I love exploring the wonders of the mind through daily activities. Anything interesting you have come across lately?
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