Ideas and activities for you to digest and implement this week: June 19, 2017
Good morning fellow movers!
Today’s medicine is brought to you by the letter ‘H’.
The letter H is the beginning to 2 of my favorite words, hang and handstand.
Each week, I will try to introduce at least 1 new concept for us to play with in order to better understand our mind/body connection while opening us up for spiritual advancement. Movement is my medicine and is a useful tool to helping us solve some of our biggest emotional dilemmas. Throughout your movement practice, give in to the flow of difficulty and frustration that may come to you. These are the challenging moments where progress is made. So, without further ado, here’s the fun for the week:
- Movement needs to balance with stillness so start your morning with a 5 minute meditation. Set a timer and start from the crown of your head and work your way down to your toes, noticing the sensations your are feeling. If thoughts come to mind, notice that they are there but do not define or judge them. Move your attention back to scanning down the body.
- Take a cold shower in the morning. The coldest shower possible. If this is too much, take a shower at the temperature you like but start the shower off with 30 seconds at the coldest setting and then end it with 30 seconds at the coldest setting. Focus on breathing through your nose and not breathing too fast. Notice yourself want to rush through it but take the time. It’s only 30 seconds. Remind yourself that you are warm inside. For more on this check out the Wim Hof Method.
- Hang for a cumulative of at least 5 minutes a day. If more advanced, hang for at least 10 minutes a day. Alternate between active and passive hang, 50/50. Reference this guide from Ido Portal and check out these videos: Active – Passive
- Hold yourself in a handstand for at least 5 minutes a day. If more advanced, hold for at least 10 minutes a day. Beginners can use any of the variations of these pushups found here and the goal will be to hold. If this is easy, progress to the L pose handstand on the wall. If this is still to easy, use the chest to wall progression. For those godly amongst us, work on your free standing handstands.
- Juggle for at least 5 minutes a day. However many balls you can. If you can only do 1, do 1. Make sure to focus on the weight of the ball and how it passes from your hand to up in the air to back in the hand. Pay attention to the details. This is a practice of awareness. Push yourself to the next progression, and try 2 ball variations and so forth. Focus and attention are the keys. Check out this super cheesy video for beginners.
- Schedule your time for checking social media. There’s a good chance that you are not doing this already. Start doing it this week. This will help you break the habit of distraction that this tool has been shaping your mind with. Try it for a week and notice your levels of concentration. Bored at the DMV? Don’t pull out your phone even though you will want to. Sit with your boredom. This can be the most important thing you do for yourself all week. It can also become your superpower.
- Last but certainly not least, dance for 5 minutes a day. Put some music on or don’t. Dance however you feel. Let yourself be free for those 5 minutes to let your freak flag fly and dance to your own beat. Everyday is a gift to move and remember that we are alive. Dancing will help rekindle this knowledge. Love yourself and show it through your dance.
Thoughts for the week:
- Where do you get hung up when things get challenging in your practice?
- What thoughts and actions do you default to when things get challenging?
- Have you helped someone else recently?
- How often are you caught up in your thoughts?
- Do you dance everyday?
Book I recommend for the week:
- The Untethered Soul – Michael A. Singer
- Takeaway: You are not your thoughts and emotions. You are the observer of those thoughts and emotions.
We are all HUMAN first, MOVERS second and only then SPECIALISTS
— Ido Portal