Over the last month I have been taking a Pilates reformer class. It is a killer workout, and requires a lot of focus on the poses to reap the max benefit and not throw out your back. So I make an effort to concentrate on my form. I noticed this morning that I can have two kinds of concentration.
The first kind wonders if I am doing it “right.” When I feel that I am doing it right, it loses interest and wanders away, until it notices that I am no longer doing it right. Then it jumps back in and says: “You are going backwards! Not acceptable! You should be steadily improving!” And with this shot of discipline and back-talk, I pay attention again. Not too fun.
The second kind of concentration is not so concerned with the final goal of perfection. Instead, it just notes, moment by…
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