A few summers ago my wife and I attempted to introduce our children to the joys of hiking in the Rocky Mountains. Despite all of our efforts to point out the beauty of the wildflowers, the fresh smell of the alpine trees, and the lovely murmurs of the streams, the only thing that the kids seemed to be experiencing was the effort of walking uphill. “I’m tired. Are we there yet? My legs hurt. Are we there yet? It’s hard to breathe. Are we there yet?” Fed up with the complaining, I decided to hoist my oldest son onto my shoulders and carry him, but I didn’t last long. It was as though his resistant, negative attitude made him weigh as much as an NFL lineman. So we decided to stop in the shade and eat some peanut M&Ms. Just then a pack of kids came hiking up the trail behind us, and they were singing and laughing. Turns out that each one had cancer, yet you wouldn’t have guessed it judging by the enthusiasm and radiant energy that they exuded. After a brief conversation, and feeling inspired by the impression that these kids had made upon our family, we decided to saddle up and continue our hike. My son and I agreed that I would carry him another hundred yards up a steep stretch before he would resume hiking by himself. But wouldn’t you know it? This time when I went to hoist him on my shoulders, he felt significantly lighter. Despite being 10 peanut M&Ms heavier, he felt like a kid again instead of an NFL lineman. That’s when I realized quite clearly that one’s attitude influences one’s physical state, sometimes to an astonishing degree.
The old time yogis were some of the first people on record to figure out that if attitude affects posture, posture can in turn affect attitude. It goes both ways. Check out this week’s newest release, Recharge #10, and you can experiment with this theory in the laboratory of your own body/mind. After being led through a brief warm up, you will follow a sequence of seated twisting postures that all take place in a chair. Don’t be deterred by the use of a prop! The twists are deep yet accessible, and they will leave your lower back feeling delectably light. Then sit quietly with yourself for a few moments and observe your thought patterns. Do you notice any correlation between the way you feel physically and your current outlook on life?… Hope you enjoy!