At 65, Nilly wanted to do things correctly and safely. That was exemplified
by the fact that she already moved into a home for the elderly while still pursuing an active lifestyle – hiking with friends, traveling etc. In the beautiful castle near Lake of Constance where we gathered for this summer workshop quite some years ago, she reported to our group how shocked she was when she moved into her new home and saw the omnipresent frailty of her co-habitants and their inability to move with ease.
The reason why she came to the course were her hip “problems”. She felt an indefinable pain in her hip region, where the doctors and even the orthopedic specialist couldn’t find anything that could account for that pain. Her niece who knew me and was familiar with my work, recommended her to join my Summer Workshop.
So there she was. This interaction with her still stands out in my mind as if it were yesterday—
we were meeting in a group setting and it was Nilly’s turn to choose an activity she wanted to perform. She chose walking as her activity and I asked her to show us how she walks. There were a couple of striking things that came to my attention, one of them was her way of walking which struck me as quite heavy.
Fun in Movement
I spent some time working with her and then had her walk again. After that, as she walked down the hallway, I asked her whether it felt “same or different”. She reported: “Quite different“. The other participants added that her walk changed noticeably as well. To me her walk looked closer to a more natural and fluid movement. Nilly reported that “it felt much lighter and it was easier” for her to walk… and then she added, “but I cannot walk this way!!!“
We all were puzzled about this response since she literally had just walked down the hallway in a new way all by herself plus having been witnessed by the group and she instantly rejected her experience.
“How do you mean, Nilly?” „Urh…because …urh, my walking would then look like that of a teenager… my behavior would stand out and people would give me ‘funny looks’! What will they think?!?“
Nilly, like many of the younger clients I work with, suffered from a universal delusion, that because we believe certain things about ourselves with which we create the “one and only true reality” when actually we are acting out our preconceived idea(s), that the world around us does not share. Nilly’s walk actually did look great and her reading into other people’s minds would be worth testing it out with these people themselves: to the contrary they actually liked the way she was walking down the hallway…
The BOX — thinking within or without?
Where have you allowed other people to box you in?
And how have you actively boxed yourself in?
Trusting to move forward, one step at a time will get you out of the imprisonment of a self imposed box and that will result in better health. This will improve your vitality, empower you to shape your world and uplift others.
And we want to have a positive impact on the world, don’t we? Besides… having fun in movement means, you are already on your way to having more energy.
The process I teach at Motion Mastery™ is a coaching to help you master your own way of moving. “Quality of movement becomes a deliberate choice”. This is where the beauty lies.
If you want to take the next step in improving your movements, click on the Motion Mastery Starter Package:
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I hope to see you soon, perhaps even in person! Your comments below are welcome. Thank you for staying curious in this invigorating journey!
I’ll be back — every second Thursday with a new blog post.
The next one coming up on Thursday 3 July 2014