I once had a coach who appeared to me like an angel in my life. He taught me so many things about myself and the power of perception. One of the most critical (and life-changing) concepts he presented to me was the idea of competition versus creation.
Creation vs Competition
In a world where we see a massive disparity between rich and poor, where millions of people go to bed hungry every night and where there is constant fear of the depletion of natural resources, it is no wonder that we have a mindset of competition.
I am often accused of having too sensitive of a nose. Like many people who have studied natural perfumery, or who have removed as many synthetically-produced scents from their life as possible, my sense of smell has been heightened by my interest and experiential education in aromatic botanicals.
The accusations against my sensitivity come from a lack of understanding; from people whose noses are not as sensitive as mine. Every time this happens, I feel a small amount of sadness for these individuals, knowing they are not able to enjoy the world from this special perspective.
I head underground. I choose the cleanest seat available; one slightly removed from the other people. I sit.
I feel an incredible warmth surge up the back of my thighs. It follows a path all the way up to the level of my shoulder blades. It is pleasant. I push into it.
I feel both feet firmly planted into the ground, even through the thick layer of rubber that makes up the bottoms of my boots. I can choose to which foot I put more of my weight. And I can choose to which part of each foot I put my weight. This is apparent in the amount of resistance the floor gives back to me. It feels good to have choices. It feels good to find an unexpected playmate in the ground beneath me.
Myofascia has been quite a buzz word for the past 10 years or so. It has completely revolutionized the fitness world and altered how people stretch. It has had an enormous impact on how we see form, biomechanics, range of motion and referral pain. It is singly responsible for the creation and sale of hundreds of different mobility tools and seeming torture devices for opening and stretching it. But what is it? Where had it been hiding before 10 years ago?And why am I such a huge fan?