Practicing isolations

Focusing inwards for a Wednesday morning refresher, consider isolations.  Akin to isometrics, isolations can be practiced anytime and anywhere.  An isolation is simply tightening and releasing a very specific set of muscles, without involving any other joints or muscles.  You can isolate your hand, for instance.  Try clenching and slackening your hand while concentrating on total relaxation in all other parts of your body.  The relaxation of uninvolved body parts is the deep significance of the exercise.

How often, when involved in any activity, do you find tension in body parts that are not required for the action?  When walking, are your shoulders tense?  When writing, do you clench your jaw or tighten your leg muscles?  When sitting at your desk, is there tension in your groin, your feet, your forehead?  Women know the tendency to stiffen the lips when applying eye makeup.  How often, when doing something with one hand, do you find the other hand grotesquely flexed as well?

If you’re able to isolate the active body part, and keep the entire rest of you relaxed, then you know what it is to concentrate, you can focus all your energy on the task at hand, you do not unneccessarily stress your muscles.  Most importantly, you control the activity and keep it in proper perspective, because you have not allowed your entire being to become involved.

Practicing isolations is a way to gain understanding of your capabilities and your place in the world.  It’s also a way to indentify your mental, physical, and spirtual blocks and slowly work out their kinks.  It can improve your concentration and give your actions grace and force.

And when you get a good grip on doing isolations with your muscles, try applying the principle to your work habits, or your services or products in business.  Turn your laser focus on the issue in question without tensing surrounding environments or involving innocent by-standers.  You’ll proceed with greater efficiency and ease this way, and be able to keep your true mission in the forefront.

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