The Mystery of Energy

Someone on some podcast I was listening to (Coach Will here, btw) mentioned Richard Feynman recently. It was the 80th time for me (and I still hadn’t read anything by the Nobel-prize winning physicist), so I picked up a short sampling of his lectures called Six Easy Pieces.

The title is a joke, because the book is 6 essays on the hardest damn ideas known to man. Things like gravity, and energy, and quantum… stuff.

But it’s ok. In Feynman’s words, anyone who says they understand quantum physics doesn’t understand quantum physics (it’s...unknowable, currently. I guess. Shrug).

After all, there’s value in not knowing things, too. In knowing what you don’t know, and generally knowing what it is to be ignorant.

MAKE (a) TIME(r)

Even when we know WHAT to do, it can still be a struggle to find time to do it.

I was just chatting with a client after class today about this very phenomenon. Coach Hannah, here. He is about to go on vacation for 3 weeks, and was asking about strategies to keep himself in the groove of his movement practice while on the road.

“Do you guys have any videos? I just notice that I’ll get distracted and lost in thought when I try to exercise on my own, and then I don’t get very much done.”

“We have a few,” I hedged, “but better yet, just set a timer.”

Find The Culprit

I got the following response from a client after my email about time travel (Coach Hannah, here):

“I realized while watching your video that the process of keeping an eye on all of those things is not about regret (usually) but about monitoring, remembering what caused me problems in the past in order to hopefully avoid them in the future.”

Have you felt like this? I sure have.

When we get hurt, we want to know: what did I do yesterday that made me feel pain today?

III. Space

Bonjour, c’est Coach Will, with major news (read on), and waxing poetic...

Time, as they say, only moves in one direction.

Always forward, onward, into entropy.

Into disarray, chaotic apartness.

Our only hedge against this overwhelming direction is to organize our Space, to give ourselves the field of awareness in which we might happily enjoy that inscrutable, non-negotiable dissolution into chaos that is Time.

Trust

Have you ever had to rebuild trust with someone who betrayed you?

What helped you learn to trust them again?

How long did it take?

Coach Hannah, here. I’m willing to bet that there were some common elements present in the process of rebuilding trust, including:

  • Consistent behavior (i.e. the person showing up when they said they would)

  • Small gestures that built to larger ones

  • All of the above building over time

II. Obstacles

Morning! Coach Will here 👋.

Last week I wrote about the importance of having functional joints. If you missed it, click here to read it over--I think it’s about as clear as I’ve ever been able to describe it.

You should read this email too--all the way to the end… there’s an announcement of sorts :).

Anyway, getting back to having functional joints…

Unfortunately for us, modern life has stacked a few imposing obstacles in our path toward achieving this simple yet worthy goal (i.e. joints that … work).

I. Assumptions

We make one--and only one--assumption regarding the people who work with us: you want a functioning body.

A body that functions. That works. For you.

For something to be “functional”, we needn’t overthink anything. A “functional” body just means that it is:

  1. Free of pain

  2. Able to be moved in a controlled way

That’s all.

Inside My DNA

Coach Will here, welcoming you to your Wednesday!

And I need to talk about why movement, fitness, (cue the voice of your worst PE coach memory) “exercise” is--after all is said and done--pure magic to me.

See, with the movement-DNA link recently in the news again, I found myself navel-gazing again.

That DNA is incredible ‘innit*? Basically a tiny folded up building manual for your whole being, reproduced (almost) perfectly in every single one of your cells. For your whole life.