The First Step Just Needs To Be First

When we’re talking about something new it’s almost impossible to see clearly where our efforts will take us. We can get stuck on the first step, wanting to make sure we get it right, thinking it needs to be big and bold. But the first step isn’t bold because it’s big or perfect. It’s boldContinue reading “The First Step Just Needs To Be First”

Keeping The Flow

There was a creek on the farm I lived on as a little kid. In the spring the water rose with the rains and snowmelt, and all kinds of things found their way down it. Branches and sticks that had fallen over winter, autumn’s leaves, a squirrel or bird’s nest that had blown out ofContinue reading “Keeping The Flow”

Movement And Stillness

We are expressions of the oscillation between movement and stillness. We each have our own unique patterns of movement and stillness, and our bodies,  take on the form of those patterns created out of our intentions and actions, both conscious and unconscious.  When we move, tissues warm, soften, dissolve and re-orient themselves to support theContinue reading “Movement And Stillness”

The Blessing Is Outside Your Comfort Zone

The athletes have finished their warm up and are moving to the line for the start of the workout. It’s a tough one, what we call an “edge” workout. They will challenge themselves – going beyond what they’ve done before. 120 yard runs in 19 seconds, 35 seconds to jog back to the start, 30Continue reading “The Blessing Is Outside Your Comfort Zone”

In Shape

The human body can make all kinds of shapes. Rounded ones, square ones, straight ones, curved and squiggly ones. The one shape that doesn’t seem to be too good for us is the one we make when we’re sitting. Being able to create a variety of shapes as we need them, get in and outContinue reading “In Shape”

Playing With Grace

I suspect that a lot of our play and recreation is about pursuing the experience of grace in one form or another? We experience it from time to time in our movement when it becomes flowing, rhythmic, powerful. The dictionary refers to it as ” elegance of beauty or form, manner, motion or action. OurContinue reading “Playing With Grace”

Creating An Off Ramp

If you watched our college soccer players conditioning sessions this summer you would have noticed that the session didn’t end when they were done running. You would have seen the players take a few moments to catch their breath and then begin their slow walk halfway down field and back. Then the shoes come offContinue reading “Creating An Off Ramp”

How Does That Work?

A few years ago I was pleased to get a call from an athlete who thought her lacrosse coach was wrong. Seems the coach had decided to adjust their weekly schedule to give the players a recovery day and do some team building activities. The athlete was calling because she thought the coach had pickedContinue reading “How Does That Work?”

Cultivating The Conditions For Growth

If you want to grow your health or fitness or improve your performance it’s helpful to think like a gardener more than a mechanic. We don’t really make ourselves healthier or stronger or turn ourselves into better runners. Instead we cultivate the conditions out of which that health or performance can emerge. The changes andContinue reading “Cultivating The Conditions For Growth”