Harvest time reminds me that good things come over a period of time; time spent growing and changing, developing and ripening. It reminds me that practice and consistency lead to good things.
In order to achieve my flexibility goals, I first have to set them and choose practices to develop them. And, weed out old patterns of behavior to make room for my new practices to grow.
Then I begin to enjoy the fruits of my labor - the ability to bend both knees comfortably, or to relax into child’s pose, or to play a full 18 hole round of golf painlessly.
- Do some form of resistance training 2 or 3 times/week, like calisthenics (push-ups, or triceps dips and squats) or weight lifting.
- Incorporate cardiovascular training at least 2 or 3 times/week – walking, jogging, tennis, aerobics, cycling.
- Focus on making small but healthy changes in eating habits and relationships.
In a relatively short amount of time I will be harvesting the results of my actions. The ability to continue to practice in order to reap the benefits of my choices is reinforced by paying attention to the natural world, its rhythms and cycles.
I am also a part of those cycles and benefit from my connection with them.