Leaning In
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Leaning In

The most efficient running occurs when the person stands tall and leans forward, as a whole, from the ankles and up through the pelvis and torso. Gravity does the work of pulling us along while we move within it. What’s required from the athlete is a stable, yet relaxed, frame that can support the skeleton and the joints in movement with the least amount of resistance possible. In order for this to occur, muscle strength must be developed and kinaesthetic awareness in space cultivated. This is where the bulk of the work happens. Through patience, we spend the time necessary to build robust sturdiness without superfluous tension, and to become at home in a natural and dynamic balance.

Becoming an authentic human being is much the same. We are not called to force our way forward. We are invited to be present, in both the difficult and the straightforward. Life encourages us to spend time building and maintaining honesty, openness, trustworthiness, acceptance, compassion, clarity, integrity, intuition, and more. These are the strong frame that creates space for movement and keen sensation. From there we just lean in, maintain our central foundation, and experience the natural unfolding. Life does the ‘work’, if we let it, and if we stay consistent in cultivating our central core.

❝Men are born soft and supple;
dead they are stiff and hard.
Plants are born tender and pliant;
dead, they are brittle and dry.
Thus whoever is stiff and inflexible is a disciple of death.
Whoever is soft and yielding is a disciple of life.
The hard and stiff will be broken.
The soft and supple will prevail.❞
~Lao Tzu

Namaste,
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