As I start writing this, a quote flashes in my mind-
or more and how informed we are about it, we reap it’s harvest as pain or happiness.
We get so used to this miracle that we reside in that too often that we take the complexities it holds within for granted. A typical example of desensitisation, but in extreme circumstances, when we ‘let go’ we can truly see what this miracle is truly capable of.
My blog today is inspired by a documentary I saw on Discovery science channel-Human Body-Pushing the limits- and how it helped me feel this immense pride towards my own body and made me see the Ashtanga concept of ‘letting your body guide the mind’ in a new light.
The documentary puts a series of examples of how bodies of normal human beings act with Super human strength and speed in dangerous circumstances thus unleashing the real potential of the energy and endurance stored up in our muscular tissues. Reminds me of that part in Ramayan where Lord Hanuman is made to remember his potential of strength and power and how he then crosses the sea to Lanka. It shows how resilient and adaptable our bodies are. It mentions in there that something that seem as solid as bones also goes through transformation thus making it strong as well as flexible. Bones are constantly adjusting to suit our needs. For example, a runner grows stronger leg bones than a swimmer and a tennis player has bigger bones in his racket arm. It shows cartilages and ligaments are the world’s best designed shock absorbers ready to act at a flash second’s notice if you encounter a potentially harmful circumstance.
There’s an example in the documentary about a rock climber, Sinjin Eberle, and how during one of his climbing excursions, that went badly wrong, he was pinned under a 1200lbs (that’s 544 kg for you) rock slab that came off and fell over him. Not only did his muscles managed generating enough strength to hold it off. As he was sliding towards a cliff he managed to summon enough strength to push it off himself. That’s one and a half times the world bench press record.
So THIS must be true too…..
But too often we don’t consider our bodies as temples. We’re so busy looking around and on to the outside world through the glasses of the elusive imagery that urges us to grab and own that perfect hair, perfect waist, perfect legs and perfect body – that we forget the miracle that each one of us truly is. If anything we put our bodies through shame and neglect. We forget to appreciate the Superhuman that’s residing inside you ,eager to be unleashed.
So the idea is that you,
That pretty much says it all. The body is forever in this self preservation mode. It doesn’t know that you are overeating because you are stressed about a deadline or a relationship status. It reacts as it has been programmed to react to the stress of famine or flood and jump starts the fat accumulation to be used up later. Sadly, that has its own consequences of various lifestyles diseases.
So take care of your body . Period. Learn to say NO to anything that doesn’t improve or nurture it. When you start loving your body it will shed all its defense mechanisms and love you back transforming into this power packed superhuman that is strong and flexible and balanced not just from the outside but from within . It will make you invincible. It will put you in touch with the God like power within – the divinity that resides inside.