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How Meditation Can Help You Become More Flexible

Uncategorized Jun 03, 2015

 The day has come that you realise you need to become more flexible; but after watching all the videos on YouTube showing you 'how to get flexible fast,' you haven't progressed much.

You keep trying stretching exercise after exercise, method after method, but you can't seem to shake all that tightness.

There must be some secret way you haven't found yet ...

Does this scenario sound familiar to you? It's where I was about 10 years ago.

After years of trial and error, I realised being focused on too many external factors is not the best approach to become more flexible.

One solution I've found quite simple, is all about learning how to still your mind with meditation - to channel your focus towards one action at a time.

Imagine how you could accelerate your flexibility training success with a mind that can sustain laser targeted focus. That's what we'll be talking about in this post.

 


 

[Video] How Meditation Can Help You Become More Flexible

In the video below you'll learn:

  • Why becoming more flexible isn't just about what you do on the outside,
  • How to escape the fad bandwagon that most people fall victim to, when it comes to improving their body,
  • A simple technique to practice, that'll help you get present with what your body needs, leading to greater long term flexibility success.

Take the next 6.5 mins to nourish yourself and watch the video now.

 
Transcript of The Video:

To reinforce your learnings, and if you prefer to read, below are some notes taken from the video above. 

 


 

Are You Mindful or Mind Full?

Do you ever feel like your mind is always full of thoughts?

Maybe a thought pops in and you have to act on that thought. Maybe you've always got a really busy mind and it's really difficult to quiet the noise.

When your mind is full of thoughts, it's difficult to focus on one thing at a time, and to be mindful in each moment.

Imagine how the simple act of letting go of all the thoughts, and becoming more mindful could help you focus clearly to become more flexible.

 


 

Focus... and the Next Best Thing

I've noticed those who struggle to really experience the freedom and flexibility that they can in their body, are often focused on the next "best thing" - the next "secret technique that has all their answers."

Sure, there's some great approaches out there, and some work better than others. But before you focus on an approach to get you more flexible, you need to bring the focus back to yourself.

You can have 'the best approach to getting flexible' in the world, but it's not worth anything unless you practice it consistently. Especially if you've got a lot of tightness in your body to shed.

 


 

Don't Fall Victim to Fads

Fitness, especially in the western world, is predominantly driven by fads.

There's fads coming and going all the time.

I remember when I started out, a long, long time ago, when Kettlebells first came into the country and that was the latest thing. Everyone had to use them, and they became very popular.

Then the next fad came in, and the next, and the next...

This doesn't mean that fads, or new trends are bad. The problem is always falling victim to them (because they're popular), instead of getting clear on what's best for you.

The fad and the next best thing are often not the answer to you experiencing a more flexible body.

The answer is within you, and to find it, it's important  to learn to be present with yourself.

Now how do you go about doing that?

Here's a hot tip: It's about focus.

 


 

Focusing Your Mind With Meditation

Meditation is an excellent way to help you begin that process of training your mind to become quiet.

Beyond the plethora of meanings it can have, meditation in my perspective is simply about developing a heightened state of awareness to your inner and outer world.

With this awareness, you can better act from your heart and decide truly what's for your highest good.

Not what the outside world tells you.

Not me, not anyone.

No-one knows you like you.

All you have to do is learn how to listen.

That's where daily practice of meditation can help.

Now by all means am I no expert on meditation. However, after practicing it daily for many years, and also noticing the success of my students in practicing it, I've noticed that it really helps you be in the present moment, with your body, so you can get clearer answers to the question, "What does my body need right now?"

The better you get at knowing your body and listening to what it's telling you, the more successful you'll be in becoming more flexible.

 


 

Integrating Meditation Into Your Life

Implementing meditation practice into your life doesn't have to necessarily be about spirituality. I'm not suggesting that you have to become a Shaolin monk or anything like that.

You don't even need to sit for 20 minutes a day like many people talk about.

Integrating meditation into your life is about bringing your focus into the moment, right now.

It's about being aware of what's going on inside of you, and outside, and simply observing; instead of attaching all the time and having to 'do' so much.

Meditation is a state of being, that's not defined by sitting on a cushion, or anything else. It's within you all the time.

Meditate while you're walking,

Meditate while you're sitting on the train.

I love Qigong, because it combines the power of movement and meditation.

Start small and build it into more complex life activities.

In time you'll find you're able to be in a meditative state, with heightened awareness and better focus on one thing at a time, all throughout your day.

This is an important skill to apply to your flexibility training.

 


 

Here's a Quick Exercise to Practice

This simple exercise will help you begin to bring the focus into your body.

When your focus is in your body as opposed to being stuck amidst a jumble of thoughts in your head, it dramatically affects the way you move your body in each moment.

First...

  • Just focus on bringing your mind back to your breath, and in particular, bring your focus down to your lower Dantian / abdomen / belly.
  • Dantian loosely translates to the elixir field and is a place of alchemy in the body, which I'll be talking more about in other posts.

Next...

  • Take a big, deep breath in through your nose. As you breathe in, allow that air to come down into your lower abdomen.
  • It can be useful to imagine that you're breathing into your back. Imagine that you're like a fish and you've got gills in your back. Breathe into your back and allow that to expand.
  • Allow your body to lengthen and the spine to straighten out.

And then...

  • Exhale slowly, allowing the air to gently flow back out of your nose, from your abdomen.

Focus...

  • On feelings inside of your body.
  • Listen to your heart beat, pay attention to your spine, and notice if it feels like there's any built up tension.

Let go...

  • See if you can dissolve the tension, just using your mind.

Repeat...

  • The breathing exercise for as long as you feel.

Go ahead and practice the above breathing exercise right now ...

Now how do you feel? What did you learn about your body?

You might feel very different than perhaps what you did at the start of this post.

It's very easy to quickly change your state and to bring your focus into your body.

 


 

Re-Cap

The simple truth about getting a flexible body is: It takes time, and consistent practice to develop this quality. The tighter you are, and the more you get distracted, the longer it will take.

However, you can make the process faster than what you may realise, if you know how to stay focused.

All you need to do is:

  • Integrate meditation into your life: To train your mind to stay focused on where you are in each moment, and stay true to where you intend to go.
  • Apply your focused mind to a flexibility approach that works: This will help you save a bunch of time, by avoiding all the mistakes, and having a clear plan of what to do, and when.

Learning how to become more flexible will send you on a journey that can lead you to discover many things about yourself, and help you perform better at what you're here to do in this life.

If you haven't started your journey yet, there's no better time than today to take the first step.

If you'd like support with this, the first step I'd recommend is to assess:

  1. Where your body's currently at,
  2. The depth of your mind-body connection, and to
  3. Identify your highest area(s) of need to focus on.

You can do that with the Physical Freedom Challenge.

Be well,

Benny Fergusson

 

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