Awareness is curative. Being in that space we call “the now”, or “being present” is a place of infinite possibilities. When you truly drop into this space, you can see that literally any path is available to you. It is a place of healing, a place of transformation. It is a place of awareness. Where you place your awareness is where you place your energy, your resources. Quite simply, being aware of something gives it “life”.
In the realms of healing/wellness/performance, this awareness can be a powerful tool and is known to help the healing/transforming process – Whether the transformation happening is given the name “psychological”, “physical”, “emotional”, “structural” or otherwise, being present with it will help the process. Bringing what we call the conscious mind to that which needs upgrading brings resources with it, intelligent resources that know exactly what to do. Listen to the body, do as guided and watch it get to work.
So, in a world where being distracted is so easy, how does one bring awareness to something? By simply slowing down, by “being”. Slowing down can bring awareness to the “physical” body immediately and powerfully. Crawl slowly on all fours (knees off the ground) and see what you feel. Try walking barefoot really slowly for 10 steps outside (ideally on concrete, grass or any other textured surface) and see if you notice anything about the way you move that you hadn’t previously. Do this for 10-15 minutes regularly and notice how your movement/reflexive posture changes and how you feel. Apply this to any movement and feel that which you probably won’t have felt before.
And depending on the movement and/or the load, this can create a lot of feeling – a lot of awareness – Without having to think “i need to be aware of” – You just are – and this removes the need to “try”, an element that brings with it more tension so wherever we can just “do” or “be”, all the better. When we feel something, as you almost certainly will if you crawl slowly, we can’t not pay attention to what’s going on when we feel our hips and shoulders engage. And it’s this awareness that sends those resources; and activates the mechanisms inherent within the body to heal/improve that which might need some attention/optimisation. And if crawling slowly is too much to handle right now, you can start wherever you feel ready to. You could start with something really subtle like moving your hands really slowly while watching them move and feel the tingle that starts to flow through them. Or just sit with your awareness on how your hands feel for a few minutes – this makes for a powerful meditation of sorts.
For something more intense, do a really slow lunge or wide stance squat type movement (like the horse stance) and feel what happens, pausing throughout “the movement” until you feel those corrective mechanisms do their thing. Nothing to fear – Watch them, learn from them. Quite often, mild tremors/shakes will occur (often referred to as phasic shakes and/or neurogenic tremors) and then move or settle as the upgrades begin, unravelling, aligning. strengthening. “You” stay still and yet the body moves – Movement created within stillness. It’s a beautiful thing to behold, the body fixing itself in real time, right before your eyes. And that’s it really – The knock on effects of this are much further reaching but it’s not for me to tell you what that looks like as we are each different in different seasons, it’s for you to experience. But within each of those moments of slowing down/stillness are truly infinite possibilies to “level up”. So, move slowly whenever you can and see what happens.