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Thank Goodness Breathing Is An Involuntary Thing

This is from Wikipedia (so it must be true):

Breathing is one of the few bodily functions which, within limits, can be controlled both consciously and unconsciously.”

Think about it.. if you want to hold your breath, you can.  That is an especially good thing if you like to swim.  If you go to sleep, you keep on breathing.  It just happens.  You don’t need to think about.  This is an especially good thing if you wish to wake up in the morning.

As my meditation journey continues I’ve had some successes and some, um.. unsuccesses?  Is that word?  I don’t want to say failures because they are not.

As complicated as meditation is made out to be, it’s not.  But, it’s not easy, either.  The task is simple; sit and breath.  But be aware of the breathing.. focus on the breathing.  As your mind wanders, go back to focusing on the breathing. When things wander into your brain, acknowledge them, let them go and don’t judge them. They’re there and gone, that’s it.

Sounds easy.

Sometimes I’ve found myself dwelling on things and then realize I need to focus on the breathing.  Some would say the dwelling is the unsuccessful part.  Maybe it is. But each time I recognize I’m not focused on the breathing it becomes a success and I refocus on my breath.

Sometimes I’m meditating for twenty minutes.  Tonight, not so lucky.  I made it just shy of eight.  To me, both were successes.

That’s when it hit me the other morning, thank goodness breathing is an involuntary thing, cause when you need to concentrate on it all the time it’s hard.

It will get easier though.  I’ve been at this meditation thing now for about four weeks or so.  I feel I’ve noted a change in me.

Some believe you need to hit ten thousand hours of deliberate practice to become world class in any field.

I’ve a ways to go.

Practice is everything. This is often misquoted as Practice makes perfect.” – Periander

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My Two Point Epiphany

It seems as though it’s been some time since I’ve posted.. Lazy.. ha… not really, just felt I haven’t had much to write.

I realized two things today.  I felt young and I’m moving.

I was standing looking out my office window and I felt young.  Like early twenties young.  Physically and mentally.  I just felt young.  It was weird.  I’m sure we all get that feeling once in a while, but today it really stuck with me.  It must come with age.

I also realize I’m able to move.  I have the ability to move.  We all do.  Some do it well.  Some don’t.  I played volleyball tonight and I’ll be honest, I was probably close to if not twice as old as most of the people on my team.  To me, not a big deal.  I was able to keep up (I think).  But after I got home I realized I can still move.  I’m closer to fifty than I am to forty and I know some people that can’t do that at my age or even half my age.

I feel most of it I owe to discovering a healthy lifestyle.  It’s been about a dozen years since I’ve started a ‘healthier’ lifestyle and moved from about 30% body-fat to less than half that and whatever I’m at now.  Kettlebells are a big part (ask anyone who knows me), other fitness tools and somewhat diet (I don’t really watch what I eat – I should).  At times I have great dreams of getting an SFG or RKC certification, but I have some little issues I need to deal with first.

I want to point out I am by no means an athlete.  At this point in my life I’m training to be able feel young and to move.

It seems to be working. For an old guy.


Don’t Flaunt It – Sorta

Chances are pretty good I’m guilty of being ‘that guy‘ when it comes to getting healthy and fitter.  I’m pretty sure there were times I was kind of annoying and in people’s faces to a certain degree when I hopped aboard the path to a healthier lifestyle.  After all I wanted to shout from the rooftops I had arrived at a lifestyle change.

That’s nice…

Good for you…

Face it fitness friend, not everyone wants to hear about kettlebells, undulating periodization, the latest on protein to muscle mass ratio.  It’s good that you do, but not everyone wants to hear about it. ALL. THE. TIME.

I fear I was that guy.  I might still be, who knows?

One does not need to get preachy about a healthy lifestyle. Encourage but don’t be preachy.  If someone is curious about how you made your changes let them know.  Discuss it with them about your journey and how you arrived at it.  A gentle nudge is way better than a you-better-do-this push.

If you think about it, you are essentially a walking billboard for a healthier lifestyle.  If you make dramatic changes to your body there may be nothing better than people seeing those changes.  Especially if they haven’t seen you for some time.  A healthier, fitter person tends to walk taller, prouder and well, look different than they may have a few months ago.  Sometimes that’s the only sales pitch you need.  If they get curious, they’ll ask.  If they’re interested and sincere they may join you.

Sure, encourage, but don’t annoy.  Use subtle encouragement.

 

 


Everything On the Internet is True

Okay, maybe not.. I tend to say that at times when I’m on the air at KG Country in a sarcastic tone.  Why?  Because NOT everything on the internet is true.  Or valid.  Or real.  Or safe.

Now, I want to make something abundantly clear here.  I continue to learn on a regular basis everything I can about proper technique for kettlebells.  It is a constant process of learning, relearning, trying new things and listening and reading from those that are far more experienced than I am.  And ya, I’ll view Youtube videos, read forums and blogs and get a bit of education that way.

However, I have an advantage.  I have taken a couple of kettlebell certification courses, so I can kinda spot when one of the above mentioned sources is full of crap or really doesn’t know what the hell they are doing.

Case in point, the following:

Oh. My. God.  Seriously?  Are you kidding me?  And for crying out loud, it’s a kettlebell… just a ‘kettlebell’ not a “kettlebell fitness accessory.”  It’s as bad as the informercial I watched where the fella called Windmills ‘Disco Side Bends.”  Ugh.

Anyway…. back on track…

What bothers me is that to someone who has never lifted a kettlebell before or is looking up  information about how to use one might stumble upon this.  That’s what scares me.  I watch this and cringe.

Want to see what a REAL kettlebell clean and press looks like?  Here:

I could spend and extended period of time discussing the differences between the two, but if you watch them both, you can probably figure them out on your own.

I cannot express enough the importance of finding someone who is certified.  That’s not to say everyone who is certified knows what they are talking about.  But, that’s likely a discussion for another day.

The internet is a valuable tool.  If I didn’t feel it was I wouldn’t have this blog or a Facebook account trying to promote my teaching.  The sad part is you sometime have to sift through a lot of chaff to get the wheat.

Want to get some proper technique and pointed in the right direction?  Drop me a line.

primalmovers@gmail.com