Serve Yourself

I saw a human pyramid once. It was very unnecessary.

Mitch Hedberg

 

Most software today is very much like an Egyptian pyramid with millions of bricks piled on top of each other, with no structural integrity, but just done by brute force and thousands of slaves.

Alan Kay

I do many things in my life in a pyramid structure; work, spin workouts, swims sets, runs:

John Salt’s Classic 1:45’s Spin

15            1:30

30            1:15

45            1:00

1:00            45

1:15            30

1:30            15

1:30            15

1:15            30

1:00            45

45            1:00

30            1:15

15            1:30

It’s a build, it’s a hold, it’s a flux, and it’s a structure.  Sometimes the pyramid feels good, I do it twice (sprint, then tempo).  Sometimes I don’t do it at all.  Sometimes I think that a coupla quick 100+ rmp (fast leggies) sprints are good enough for a warm up.

Just because things are simple, or repeated, does not make them less progressive.

In life; this is directly relatable.  I’ve been toying with the idea of consumerism, and feel uneasy with the city living I’m in.  I moved from North Shore Vancouver to the West End, and feel more than ever this desire for disconnection.  In my city life; I see the inflation of food.  Work more in order to pay for better food.

I’ve stepped outside of my bubble to look at the picture I’m painting of my life.  My job is a means to an end; money for rent.  I’m tagging along with the flow, mindlessly.  Hold UP!  Tune in Tokyo, le WHY!?  It’s what is done <– bullshit.  Just as a mindless workout gives me little room for fitness goal reaching, mindless job is the same stagnation of growth.  Am I working to work, or working to grow.  The pyramid here shows that I can feel like I’m building in a job, the format is sound; people do it – climb the corporate ladder to the top.  External recognition can cloud internal voices that plead for a shake up.  Plead for a change, plead for soul food.

But simplicity, and space to let your soul speak (this is an endeavouring entrepreneur speaking and I understand that not all people will be able to connect to this) is needed.  At any given point we can slow down and take a step back to see if the 1:45’s at 120+rpm are serving us.

I overheard a conversation of a coupla yoga instructors who were relaying a story of a friend who is on a journey to Nepal to teach yoga, with free room an board.  They joked that this is pretty much what they’re doing here in Vancouver; working, to pay for rent and food, give or take the odd ski trip.

Interesting.  Who’s path is more appealing; working in Vancouver teaching yoga at a prime studio, or in an unpaid job in a lesser off country, with fewer luxuries, and no rent or buying food.

So I chewed on this.

If we go back to basics, mnmlsm; we work less, (maybe, maybe not – Tim Ferriss 4-hour Workweek concept) and make less money, and spend more time doing things we have let society construct for us as necessities.

  • plant a garden for food
  • live in boonies, pay less tax
  • organic food waterfalls into less health care costs by virtue of better health
  • less stress (chosen, albeit)

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I think the possibilities for reaping rewards from minimalism, subtracting, unplugging, are endless.  Now I know that we can justify just about anything that our powerful minds come to believe, but I believe this.

This theory resonates with me, and I realize that it might not resonate with others.  I’m not keen on new technologies, new automated things, faster, better, efficient.  None of this equates to effectiveness, and slowing down is the life for me.  I don’t want to cut out space (time) for faster cooking.  I want to spent time making my meals with the main ingredient of love, it tastes better.

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Work less, consume less, and channel your energy to tuning into your self.  Give yourself space to grow.  That’s why were here.  To take up space, experience, nourish our souls.

The pyramid shows the unnecessary crap that can be filled in the base to grow a structure taller.  We choose what the filler is.  Is it more work?  Or is it more space?  What will be more stable?  Screw that, stability is comfort; routine is bland.  Sometimes a shaky base paves way for a new pyramid, or a new structure that is better suited for us.

Take a step back and remember that we are never at any effect of anything.  We always choose what we want.  There are influences, but we choose to let them sway our thoughts, our choices, and our actions.  Being mindful, inquiring internally if something is serving us is a way to be present to seek out soul’s path.

I can set out with an intent to work hard in a pyramid-formatted run, but am I working to work, or working to genuinely nourish my love for sport and respect the athlete self that I am.

The elaborate building, the esoteric and obtuse concepts of different workouts, different ways to live, different jobs; they all boil down to simplicity.

I can write a complicated workout, because Triathlon.com makes it seem like the athlete will improve if a specific workout is completed.  I can change my running gait, because it is more “efficient”.  But in the end, I think the improvements seen are a factor of what we choose to believe.  I write a workout, and feel that it is a “good one” (those who train with me know what this means – puke pace, anyone?).  But I’ve already set out to define it a certain way.  I can read that supportive running shoes will reduce impact and injuries.  All the fluff, all the information.

I choose to believe that anything inauthentic to our beings is energy-sucking.  I am drained when I fight my beliefs.  In seeking external confirmation, affirmation, preachings, we silence our inner voice, we belittle it.  Listen to that voice.

By tuning in, I’m learning that my body wants me to succeed in anything that my soul deeply, deeply wishes.  My genuine pleasure, deepest desires they will come forth if I allow them to, and with patience, space, and acceptance, I will be led into the direction that I am meant to, that I choose to.  Easily.

In workouts, I do have things written on a page, or a mental guideline.  The pyramid builds, and I start out on the journey, inversely or not.  But nothing is finite.  We can always go back to our own voice and listen to it.

I don’t want to make the mistake of seeping energy from my being, simply because I want to fill the pyramid with fluff.  I tune in, look in.  Gaining knowledge and ideas from external sources is a beautiful thing in our society with ample accessibility to information resources, but contemplate their authenticity in your being.  Does it resonate with you?  Inquire deeply if it does.  Don’t form a pyramid simply because you want to form it, if it is draining you.  Don’t lose yourself in the norm, because it is what everyone else is doing.  Respect yourself.  And my god, if you start climbing, and the view makes you fly, the feeling enflames your soul, then soar baby.

Take a few steps here to tune in:

Exercise to Evaluate if your life is working for you:

 

  1. Sit in a quiet place where you feel comfortable. 
  2. Bring into focus your energy management; where you give room for your energy.  Rank the top 3. 
  3. Take each of the three top energy demands in your life, and sit with each one in your mind for at least 2 minutes eachAsk yourself how each one makes you feel as you focus on it.  Inquire your being as to how you hold your muscles, your belly, your shoulders, your posture, your hands, your restful state.  Are you fidgeting? Or at peace?
  4. Write down three words that you can settle upon for each of the three energy fields. 
  5. Now objectively look to see if they serve you. 
  6. Next step: finding what serves you, if these do not. 

It’s never too late to start.  A great way to find what we need is to eliminate what we don’t.

The conventional river flows fiercely, and swimming upstream is hard, but damn Salmon are a tasty fish, especially when cooked with love.

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