When Walking, Walk. When Eating, Eat.
~ Zen Proverb
Annie’s post was great yesterday. If you didn’t read it, check it out. It got me thinking about the above proverb and what it means to “Just Do.”
Chaos is everywhere. There is even a branch of mathematics to study chaos called chaos theory. Chaos theory studies systems that are predictable for a while, and then appear to become random. In chaotic systems, uncertainty about the future increases exponentially with elapsed time.
This Reminds Me Of My Day to Day Life
I’m battered with emails, articles, conversations, news, events, and to-dos. These happenings lead me to have thoughts, feelings, and worries about the past or the future. Oftentimes these thoughts and feelings will cause me to change course on something I’m working on. I end up not where I wanted to go, but somewhere else I didn’t predict.
Sounds like chaos theory to me. I find chaos problematic. It sucks my productivity down, keeps me from my goals, and makes me feel un-accomplished and sometimes not useful.
Chaos subsides when I focus on just doing. I’m writing this post, so I write. I’m working out with my friends at CPM, so I just do that. I’m washing the dishes or eating dinner and the only thing I think about is what I’m doing while doing it.
Thoughts of other stuff creep in. I don’t try to block them out, because I can’t. I acknowledge them, but only observe that they are there, and then let them go.
Focusing on the doing feels good. It’s beauty is amazing and rewarding. All the other clutter becomes meaningless.
When you come to CPM to workout, be all here. Let the temptations of anything outside of the day’s work fade from your thoughts. Notice how your body feels and responds. Where is there tightness? What is comfortable? Be aware of any general mood or feelings of anxiousness. Focus on the doing, and at the end be aware of the feeling of accomplishment.
Try it out, and let me know how it goes.
The O-Board Says…
AMRAP 15 Minutes
20 Box Jump Overs
200m Row/Run (opposite of first)
AMRAP 8 Minutes
10 Russian Twist
10 Leg Lifts
Posted by: Stets