Today I’m writing about something really, really important! Steady Pulls.
Now, I’m talking about the Steady pulls that show up in your body. They may not be the Steady Pulls that you like. Now you know, by the time you are in your 40’s 50’s or 60’s or beyond, you have patterns and ruts in your body. You probably cross one leg over the other one, preferentially, or stand on one leg more than the other one. Or even worse, you find yourself unconsciously in scrunched positions at the computer or watching TV.
You’re experiencing what steady pulls are doing to your body.
If there are steady pulling forces on your tissues, after a while you stop noticing them. We are amazingly adaptive creatures and it’s those steady pulls that act on your body. If you don’t realize they are happening, they can actually deform your structures and create premature aging.
Our brains are wired in such a way that we’re programmed to respond to sudden and immediate dangers. But the things that are most threatening today are the slow and gradual dangers… global warming, overpopulation, pollution, acid rain… and the decline of our bodies.
Because they are so slow to build up we don’t actually deal with them until they become critical, and by that time, it is often too late.
Now, Stephen Covey had the right idea when he was talking about his famous quadrant, breaking down tasks based on where they were on the scale of Urgent and Important.
Urgent and Important things grab our attention and the we gravitate to them first, then as a counterpoint to that we sort of relax and find ourselves dealing with the non-urgent and un-important things in the lower right quadrant, which are the trivial things. Because of our brain’s wiring, we are also pulled into the urgent but less important tasks, and are easily distracted by them.
But Stephen Covey clued into something really important, and that is that the brain is truly a trainable organ! And when you train your brain to sepnd more time in the not urgent but important, you begin too spend more time in the “preventative” quadrant where you are actually the most effective.
The same thing happens with your body. It is more imperative than ever to train your brain to notice the grooves and ruts that you find your body in. Well, what do you do about it? You use the tools that we all have: Imagery and sensation. When you have those tools together, you can be more effective at impacting those grooves and ruts. When you have those tools together, then you can start to to align. What do I mean by that? Well, imagine that there is a dowel (round bar made of wood) that goes right through one shoulder and straight through the other one. If you imagine that, what you naturally start to do is line those shoulders up, so that they are “square.” And then if you imagine that there is a second dowel that goes from the top of your head and right through your spine, and you imagine that those 2 dowels cross in the center of your chest, then you naturally begin to straighten and lengthen your spine and your whole body becomes more aligned. In some cases, you can even feel the challenging of the “steady pulls” that are already there. That’s such a powerful tool. And the more you do that, the more you start to notice that your body shifts, and creates a “steady pull” in the other direction. That’s the kind of change I’m talking about!
In summary, we need to “train” our brains to notice those gradual things that we normally adapt to, and shifting them into “wait a minute…I have tools here!” I can use that dowel visual through my body and start to align my body naturally. Now you have the Steady Pull of Alignment!
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