When is the last time you climbed on top of the dresser to survey your bedroom? How about crawling under your kitchen table? Vaulting over the railing on your patio?
There’s an idea for your next date night: “Honey, we’re doing obstacles tonight!”
If you think about how we interact with our environment as adults, it’s quite limited. We tend to function within a very regular and narrow range of vision and movement.
We pass through our homes, offices, neighborhoods, and other regular routes with a boringly consistent pattern of walking, sitting, lying, leaning, and standing.
Climbing, balancing, crawling, rolling, leaping, swinging? Not so much.
We’re very consistent, and our body pays the price. The results including restricted range of motion, pain, stiffness, weakness, and ill health. But that’s a conversation for another day…
How does this constrained use and experience of our environment affect our thinking? )
Does a stiff, unimaginative movement regimen help us activate the full potential of our mental faculties?
In my experience, our physical perspective affects how we experience life, both emotionally and mentally.
Think of the last time you looked out of the window of an airplane, contemplating the world below. Or hiked to the top of a mountain to see for miles and miles. Or were on your stomach on the beach, watching grains of sand roll by.
Novel physical perspectives engender novel ways of thinking about the world, revealing new ways of understanding the relationships between things.
But we get into our grooves. And we tend to stay there, which makes grooves deeper (and harder to escape).
There are myriad interesting ways you can disrupt your reality to make room for new ideas and experiences. Erwin Le Corre’s MovNat system is a fun and useful method for improving your current physical paradigm.
It will help you restore your ability to effectively and efficiently move through the environment like your ancestors did before things became so comfortable. It will open up possibilities of movement and play, like when you were a child.
You will begin to see obstacles differently—more creatively. Your mind will be “out of the box.”
Could your life use a little pattern interrupt? How would your mind benefit from perceiving the world from a new angle?