Act, Listen, Then change.

Change is a consequence of training. Some, however, make change the focus of their exercise. But if change is inevitable, why focus on it or try to control it, even? The body responds to work in specific physiological ways that are outside of one’s command. What if, instead of focusing on change, one were to focus on the act itself? To allow for change to occur freely, without limits, consider the following in their respective order: Act, Listen, Then change.

Within the context of training, action begins as soon as one puts on their gear and walks to their training space, adhering to a specific regimen, with or without motivation. Any one who has experienced this knows that a lack of motivation usually leaves once movement begins. Action allows for trainees to get out of their heads, so to speak, and into their bodies. Training for health, as opposed to performance, involves one distinguishing element: listening.

After one has developed proficiency in movement patterns and stabilization, opportunities to listen broadens. When a trainee begins to expend less and less mental and physical effort on the mechanics of movements, attention to other things, like joints, thoughts, and the breath begin to evolve. Listening, as opposed to action, is a passive activity. It involves paying attention and not giving-in to the impulse of attempting control. As anyone who has worked with children knows, when attempting to control another, including yourself, you will inevitably loose. Training is a journey of discovery and unification, not control.

Muscles grow when they are at rest, as do the other parts of you. Rest, or non-doing, is just as important as action and listening. As mentioned before, change occurs as an effect of training. Although it cannot be controlled, it can be suppressed. There is a physical and mental component to rest, both important to train. Resting allows for space, as a context for change, to develop. Without the canvass, the painting cannot exist. For some, resting can be quite difficult. It is neither active nor passive. I suggest, rather, we consider rest as the “point” in geometry, where one may find their full potential. At the point, one has the freedom to move in any direction and make any shape, known or unknown. Change may serve both as an effect and a manner of creation. Paradoxes allow for inspiration, not answers.

Answers are overrated, anyhow. Inspiration can be a lot more fun.


Act,

Listen,

Then change. 

 

I move

From a point,

Or not.

 

Freely,

I Find myself,

A-part of

Nothing

And All.