Letting Go: A Training Regime


The familiar phrase “fake it ’till you make it” has recently been re-adapted into a popular Ted Talk. “Fake it ’till you become it” is a main message found in Amy Cutting’s talk, found here.

When I first saw this video a few years back, it was also a time I set upon a path of persistence, discipline, and a few injuries. As you’ll see below, the process of pushing one’s limits includes spills and days with no apparent progress. Now reviewing my footage spanning over a couple years, I see a theme that relates to Cutting’s ideas, but I also see that there’s something too easy to miss.

The process of learning these movements has been just as much mental and emotional training as it has been physical. The external/psychical aspects are intimately woven to the internal. However, the feeling of making progress in this regard-the feeling of landing a move that’s taken months-resonates a way of being that’s very different from our popular culture. See, in a world of news entertainment, Netflix and politics, it’s terribly easy to go about life with an ‘acquiring’ mindset. Gain this, gather that, store this for later. Heck, why don’t we make a game about it?

While there’s a place for acquiring, making the video below has reminded the importance of something: letting go. Muscles, tendons, and joints had to acquire new ways of movement, but just as important if not more, was the need to let go of the old ways to make space. In training, bad habits and inefficiencies are dangerous and risky.

Like Amy Cutting infers, reality is an exchange between the physical and the mental. Exterior conditions can re-frame one’s mental sphere. But without shedding the junk, you just can’t perform. Taking it back to a modern philosopher, Edmond Husserl takes it into the realm of brainy language:

“Psychologically experienced consciousness is therefore no longer pure consciousness; construed objectively in this way, consciousness itself becomes something transcendent, becomes an event in that spatial world which appears, by virtue of consciousness, to be transcendent.”

So to paraphrase, consciousness itself becomes… transcendent…as an event in the spatial world. As we traverse this world of hyper-sensation, remember to guard your consciousness-your  internal and external-so that it can grow. Becoming consists of inhales and exhales.






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