— Dr Pam Peeke
"Every action can bring happiness, it is a path of happiness."
Thich Nhat Hanh
Eurasian Lynx, Photo by Gary K Mann
Practice : That ol’ practice makes perfect saying —> whether your present movement practice is to smile more, dunk quicker, leap higher…play with the path to that goal being grounds for happiness to sprout from.
Goal : Our end point is the culmination of work that was enjoyable and not ‘work’.
"The animals have weak musculature, but maintain agility and buoyancy with little effort because of sophisticated statocysts (balancing organs akin to a human’s inner ear) and ammonium-rich gelatinous tissues closely matching the density of the surrounding sweater." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampire_squid
Practice : Imagine a rod going through your head exiting between both ears —> use this balance beam to steady your daily movements such as walking, bending over, turning to look at something…
Goal : Regardless of your muscular strength use your inner ear’s balancing power to center yourself.
Marine snow is the constant showering of organic waste from the ocean’s light rich photic zone downwards towards the aphotic zone below —> energy and nutrition cycle.
Example : Absorb the sun —> cycle that warmth into your tissues and organs —> stimulate optimal functioning.
Goal : Absorb —> cycle —> stimulate.
— Pilates Style Magazine
"The promotion of energy-dense, nutrient-poor products by some of the world’s most physically fit and well-known athletes is an ironic combination that sends mixed messages about diet and health."
Professional athletes have accomplished extreme movement potential and precision. Their status as role models to the young & old, athletes and non athletes alike is un deniable. A recent study published in Pediatrics looks at the disturbing amount of professional athletes who endorse food/beverage products that do the exact opposite of enhancing performance or health.
Goal : Question food/beverage products no matter whose face is on it —> share this critical awareness with youth you know to empower them to make eating/drinking decisions that elevate vs deplete their possibilities.
"To dream anything that you want to dream. That’s the beauty of the human mind. To do anything that you want to do. That is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself to test your limits. That is the courage to succeed." Reverend Bernard B. Edmonds
"The human body has evolved to try to remain in homeostasis—or a state of equilibrium—because it saves energy. If you exercise consistently, your body adapts in ways that keep it more homeostatic even during times of physical stress." Live Strong
Practice : Lightly place your hand over your heart and compare : when you wake up, after you speak your first words, walk down the hall, get out of your car, … what actions increase and get the blood flowing? Which actions still and settle your blood?
Goal : Heart health = longevity.