Category : Injury Prevention


Stop being busy; be busy just being 

<=By Jacinta Lis MMFM Event Manager=>

I have made a conscious decision to slow my life down. To make more time to do the things that make me happy and bring light to my soul …. Sounds awfully self indulgent doesn’t it?

But ask yourself this, how often do you catch yourself saying ‘I’d love to be doing that but I just don’t have the time right now’ or ‘I’ll get to it later.’ We’ve become a fast paced, no nonsense society that is continously hustling to tick boxes off the ever growing checklist and where taking time out for ourselves is becoming a rare and precious commodity.

Time itself is a luxury of which so many of us seek but these days can rarely afford. We work harder, faster and longer than we ever have before. Yet for most, our hearts are pleading with us to slow down, get back to basics or to lead a simpler way of life. Unfortunately it’s a luxury we can’t all afford, and often we leave it too late to realise that we had taken the important things we had for granted.

For me this pursuit for time has come at a price. I have given up my job, moved back in with my parents and basically given myself the grown up version of a ‘time out’ from my life. Like a disobedient child I was reluctant at first, having my little spats, fighting it and resisting the change. It wasn’t pretty. After much coaxing and a 3 day bender of pj’s, popcorn and dvds, I began to come to terms with my transition. The process of slowing down is far from instinctive and not always as simple as it sounds.

Thankfully for me the people who love me encouraged me to stop, relax and breathe. Just breathe. The decision for transformation didn’t just happen overnight, there were many sleepless nights, tearful phone calls and a series of events that were pointing out to me the truths that I didnt want to acknowledge. As I would lay in the dark each morning trying to motivate myself to be positive about starting my day, reassuring myself it’ll be alright ‘once I get going’, from my inner depths a little voice would point out unequivocally ‘Yes you will be ok, but you’re not happy.’ I tried to silence it, ignore it and keep myself busy to try and distract from those little words that were haunting me from the depths.

But the thing is when you don’t listen to your authentic self your inner voice will only give you so many warnings, then its starts to fight dirty. Ignoring your insitincts often leads to fatigue, illness and in my case depression and anxiety. I have been down that dark road before and the signs of its return were becoming too frequent and severe to ignore. I had to make a decision. Do I stay in my present life that provides me with stability, pays the bills and gives me the comfort of routine and familiarity? Or do I take a risk, leap out of my comfort zone into the unknown, opening myself up to the possibilities of failure and uncertainty?

The first option made me feel sick with defeat, the second also made me feel sick, but there was a second wind of excitement that followed. So I am giving in. For the first time in a long time I am experiencing a new form of freedom. It both terrifies and excites me. There is nothing holding me down or holding me back and it is surreal. My life is in a state of transitional buoyancy. I don’t have all the answers yet, and quite frankly I am in no rush to. That’s the thing about my new pursuit, I am throwing out the ‘shoulds’ and replacing them with how does this serve me right now? Is it right for me? I encourage you to do the same.

I am not saying to do anything drastic like quit your job or move back in with your olds; but the next time you catch yourself questioning the pace of your life ask yourself this, are you truly happy? And when was the last time you were busy just being? Is your life filling you up so that you are brimming with light or is it time to make a change?



The Long Game:
I’ve done a lot of study on movement. Like for reals…. I’m definitely standing on the shoulders of giants, but man: the human body, it’s design and it’s capabilities absolutely fascinate me.
I literally think I have an obsession. When I see a well working human machine it just revs the engine. I know, it’s weird, but hey we all have our things…

Because I have such a huge interest in the body, and especially into bodies that have some kind of “missing link” to being complete or “optimal”, I really enjoy understanding into depth just how unbelievably complex we are!

Like for instance.. did you know we are made up mainly of 90% bacteria that is in a symbiotic relationship with us!?! As in 90% of what we think makes up us, isn’t actually us at all!! WHAT?!? That’s baffling when you really think of it… like 90 cents of your dollar doesn’t belong to you…that’s freakin NUTS!

Sorry, got a bit excited there…. anyways…
the simple point I’m throwing out there is that we are infinitely fascinating and infinitely complex, and it has taken billions of years (depending on what you believe) for our bodies to have evolved into the ultimate physiological conscious, cognitive machines that we are so lucky to inhabit today.

So it always makes me wonder why so many humans are under the notion that by creating a small change within a fraction of a fraction of their tiny lives they will receive a life long result (ex: ok I’ve got 3 months to fit into this dress, then I’ll be happy and can call it a day).

It’s literally crazy. Possible? Sure, and maybe even important to get the ball rolling, but what’s the lasting outcome after that? One can only pray that along that 12 week journey as in the example above, they realise it’s about much more than fitting into a dress. Much, much more.

What on this planet has come into our mind where we decide that after the last 5 to 10 perhaps even 30 years of living a certain way, we are going to unsustainably and radically alter just a few choices for a certain amount of a time period, achieve certain results and then just go back into the habits we had in the first place?

Yeah, I had to re-read that myself. You laugh, because it is a ridiculous question, yet it is exactly what most people think is the standard to being a happy, fulfilled and healthy human being.

We are feeding ourselves an external lie. We have all been caught up in this short game.

To achieve real results on some real levels that last a lifetime, we have to transition from the short game mentality, into the long game approach.

If you desire change, then yes, you need to transition into change in the way that works best for you. And never look back! Yo-yo loops that people get caught up in only happen because they didn’t really want to become the change in the first place. Change means forever. It is your way of being. No fads, no challenges, no next big thing. Those are just tools. Use them, but do not think they are the answer. They are just a part of your awesome-ness journey. Change happens when you decide that this is something you want for the rest of your life. Which means you have your whole life to master it. So what’s the damn rush?! Stop attaching to the results and start living in a way that makes you feel happy, healthy and strong NOW and FOREVER! Yes, right now (because now IS forever!- whaaaaaaat?!).

Brain-splosion? That’s cool. It happens. Keep going.

Don’t know where to start?! Just ASK! Seriously. It’s that easy these days. Just find a group that sparks your interest and post the question. There is a plethora (a cornucopia even?) of beautiful people in this world who want to see you achieve everything you want. The are wanting, waiting and even wishing to give out some of the best answers they have come to discover in this world!

But at the end of the day they will not do it for you.. ever. It’s gotta be you and it’s gotta be all the time. So where are you at? Focused on the short game? Or have your eyes set on the bigger picture. Get those wide angled lenses into focus and start making decisions that stop your sprinting pace from actually harming you in this marathon…. slow down, enjoy, learn, grow, embrace, hell cry a bit if you need to, it’s all there for you to take in when you shift out of the desire to achieve as fast as possible…. I think we all have a basic (at least physical) idea of what’s at the big finish line anyway. 🙂

Much Love Peeps.

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