September 30, 2016

Consciousness is power: a lesson from pebbles

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Photo Credit: Alain Limoges

By Kristen Ulmer

While a body builder, Schwarzenegger was rumored to say lifting weight 1 rep in a conscious state enhanced results more than lifting the same weight 10 times in an unconscious state.

While we wouldn’t take relationship advice from the guy, perhaps this comment deserves pondering!

Ever hear: Knowledge is power. It was relevant when whomever first said it. Yet the world is evolving so fast knowledge is now available with a click of a button, and this statement is no longer viable.

What is viable today? Consciousness is power. Awareness is power. You want to be the best athlete you can be: become as conscious as you can. That way you can see where you’re stuck (and we’re always stuck) and effortlessly make shifts (second by second).

Problem is, becoming more consciousness is not a natural state for us humans. Lifting weights 10 times like a robot repeating an unquestioned pattern is our norm. Training our bodies, pondering technique, eating right, recovering are all good things, but they can take up your whole training life and turn you to stone.

Add a consciousness practice though, and you will do great things. Sure, it’s scary, perilous and one of the hardest things imaginable, plus it never ends – it’s called practice for a reason. But we all know you have to practice anything to become good and remain good at it.

Consider this: When you’re a kid 2 + 2 = 4 is a big realization. Then in High School you solve algebra x and y problems and that’s a big deal. In college you calculate speed and gravity mind twisters and are blown away. Imagine what you learn getting a Ph.D. in physics? Same with consciousness. If you keep seeking the next level — if you keep your empty cup extended — you will transcend and include each level until eventually, awareness has you flowing like water.

Reminds me of a great story. Three holy men are spending their lives camping in the desert, waiting for an awakening experience. Suddenly one night the sky opens up and a mighty voice booms from above: “Gather together all the pebbles you can in your bags tonight!” Then the sky closes and the moment ends.

What? Pebbles! The men are so disappointed. This is the message they’ve been waiting for? They gather a few pebbles but it’s late and they feel stupid; so their efforts end quickly.

The next morning they wake up and see the pebbles have turned to diamonds.

If you’re willing to take your experience with your sport beyond what you’ve already created, by starting a mindset practice, you will have access to infinite power, rather than being limited to the power of only one self.

Gather those Pebbles. You’ll be glad you did.

 

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