I follow this amazing gymnast on Instagram. (#movementbox).
He has a feed called ‘movement box’. And every day he says don’t let your movement box shrink, followed by an assortment of vids of beautiful contortions of the body.
I follow this man for my belief in his shared joy in finding out the incredible possibilities of the human body and human will, when combined.
I of course strive to be half as good at him (aim for the stars, reach the sky, love the sky!), but I also pride myself in knowing that in my own way, I am also good at the things he does.
For example: I am also an ideas person. And I also find a primal sort of joy in pushing my body to its limits and beyond without hurting myself.
But that is not what I want to write about today.
His message is so very powerful! So powerful indeed!
Maybe you are one of those people who finds it easy to be self motivated to do the things you need to do each day. Those things that make your heart sing but terrify you so much at the same time. Those things.
If that’s you. Then, salute! You’re amazing. I’m so jealous. Please tell me your secret so I can share it with everyone I meet. And I know there are those wonderful full heart resilient people out there. I have been lucky enough to meet a few, and lucky enough to have read some of their books. Like Brene Brown for example… That woman has done the work! She really has! She gives new meaning to the expression ‘wear your heart on your sleeve’! I am currently, for the third time, reading her book, ‘The Gifts of Imperfection‘, hoping that some of her spirit will sort of, rub off on me…
Life is more… ‘Stop and starty’, for me, than smooth going.
I sort of have bouts of extreme productivity creativity and stress. And then sort of bouts of inactivity, soul searching, and sometimes darkness and even depression. (Note: I do NOT advocate the medical model of depression, but the word is still the best way to describe the human experience that perhaps we all know quite a bit about).
It’s during these latter times that I have to dig deep and watch for my warning signs, take note of new warning signs, look after myself, and most of all, dig into my Toolbox!
Obvious examples of this Toolbox include mindfulness, meditation, creative outlets, connection with others, yoga, mantra, laughing, having fun, and keeping up with the chores!
But another less obvious one is – you guessed it- the Instagram inspired genius of:
‘Don’t let your movement box shrink!!!’
It’s during these times when some days I don’t particularly maybe want to get out of bed, or life just seems too hard maybe, that I have learned to set tiny attainable daily goals for myself. Then ‘hold’ there…
Grow the movement box a tiny bit…
Then set some more goals.. Move into them, grow that little bit more…
And so on.
In other words?
Don’t let the things that were easy for you yesterday, become hard for you tomorrow.
Don’t let all the things you worked on during the productive wave in your life slip away… If you can help it.
A concrete example?
Have you ever started from scratch in yoga or any form of exercise? After a few months of little to no practice, either because of life circumstances or illness or just ‘not wanting to anymore!!!’?
I have. So many times…
And man, did my movement box shrink! Physically, emotionally, literally, figuratively… Everything!
And growing that movement box back does not come without its fair share of sweat and tears.. and even prayers… whatever your interpretation of those words are.
I want to say one thing extra.
Because I really believe this. ..
There is something that ‘sticks’…
Through the waves and flow of life, the ups and downs, and ins and outs.
The productive, and the quieter times.
Just by living, and just breathing even! I believe it’s sort of part of our human right of passage that this is just a given. Life can have hard times. Breathing is enough.
So while not letting that movement box shrink is a hard lesson I have learned if I don’t want the bother of clawing my way out of a tight spot, yet again…
Those things that stick, are forever. Nothing is for nothing. Every step counts.
I’m sure Mr Movement Box understands this more than most!
Keep moving, keep showing up. Keep learning.
Don’t let your movement box shrink, if at all possible. And also…
Know that Ginger, the soft root, good for tea and many other things, will grow right on through the hard plastic container you plant it in, if you neglect to re pot it ….
And know that there is NO TIME for using this tool, except ‘now’…
No really! 😀