Do you remember stacking blocks as a child? When the blocks weren’t lined up accurately, each according to their center of gravity, the tower couldn’t stand up, or not for very long anyway. When the blocks were positioned correctly, the tower was stable and sustainable.
The major blocks of your body, your head, your shoulders, your torso, your pelvis, your legs and your feet, are subject to the same reality of gravity as the building blocks you played with as a child. Gravity is the strongest force acting on your body and the essential leverage for every shape and move you make.
The most effective way to keep the major blocks of your body lined up accurately is to pay attention and be responsive to any strain you feel by making adjustments.
Maintaining the priority to stay relaxed and breath freely, allows you to work with gravity to accurately respond to the constantly changing circumstances around you.
A body that’s relaxed, alert and in balance, has energy to spare because moving with ease actually recharges your body’s systems as you move. This kind of movement promotes a supple, fluid and versatile body. And versatility is the essence of strength.
A body that’s not responding to the force of gravity in a unified manor is under constant strain. Everything is an effort, a decision, a reaction. A body out of balance is inefficient and has no return on the energy it puts out. It’s increasingly stiff, stagnant and rigid.
Establishing and maintaining sustainable alignment is less about a particular form of practice and more about maintaining a particular and consistent intention in every form.
There’s a natural state of function where the body-mind-spirit complex is optimally balanced and functioning with the least restraint to the natural flow of energies that make up your world. In this state the body is at ease and breathing freely.
Cultivating this state fosters and supports the body’s capacity to respond effectively to heal ailments, and remain strong. In this balanced state, choices are made from a place of personal empowerment and clarity of purpose.
Support for sustainable alignment is built from the ground up just like the foundation for a house. If the foundation is off even a little bit, by the time you get up to the roof, alignment will be off by a lot.
So consider your blocks from the bottom up, your feet, your legs, your pelvis, your torso, your shoulders and your head.
Feel yourself relaxed and alert and keep your attention on the breath as you let your focus land at your feet. Feel the surface of your feet touching the ground, the ground of your choice to stand for peace and happiness.
Feel your legs and make any adjustments needed to position them selves accurately over your feet. Continue up your body resting your pelvis on top of your legs, your torso on top of your pelvis, your shoulders on top of your torso and your head on top of your shoulders. Pause and breathe into the intention to stand for Peace of mind today.
Think about sustainable stacking whenever you find yourself standing today and see how it influences your experience.