The importance of slow movement.

Cultural Vision: What is the Slow Movement? | Rethinking Prosperity

Awareness is curative. Being in that space we call “the now”, “being present” – It 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 we call it “mental”, “physical”, “emotional”, “structural” or otherwise, simply being present with something helps it to recover and/or improve. Bringing what we call the conscious mind to that which needs upgrading brings resources with it, intelligent resources that know exactly what to do.

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 brings awareness to the “physical” body immediately and powerfully. Crawl slowly on all fours (knees off the ground) and see if you can feel parts of your body engage find interesting sensations in the body. 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.

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. When we feel something, like you (almost) certainly will if, for example, you try crawling 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 those mechanisms 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 go start with something really subtle and move 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 – even this is amazing. 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 – Watch them, learn from them. Quite often, mild tremors/shakes will occur and then move or settle as the upgrades begin, unravelling, aligning. strengthening. “You” stay still and yet the body moves – Movement 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.

Much love

Andrew

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