a guest post by Piers McCarney
Sometimes, when people encounter The Movement they are just not ready. This is not a slight on those people. This is not a judgement. This is merely an observation of a pattern.
After all, you can only play the cards that are in your hand; you can’t be held responsible for what you’ve been dealt.
When I first encountered The Movement, I was ready. Not just ready, but thrilled.
I have chosen the word “thrilled” very carefully, as my first experiences trying out the directions suggested from members of The Movement truly gave me a thrill.
I was told to try “questioning everything”. To “be my own guru”. To “follow my own body and not someone else’s words.”
Most importantly, I was told that if I wanted to know if something worked for me I should apply it, observe it and then use my own judgement to determine its value.
When I began to use this outlook in my training, it almost felt… naughty, for lack of a better word. Like I was upsetting the balance. Who was I, after all, to question those who came before me?
The published? The researchers? The champions? The famous?
How dare I hold my judgement above theirs?
Looking back, I realise how absurd this is.
These people are generally aware of what “usually works”, due to having the advantage of large data sets. They have trained with many, studied many, researched many or learned from many. Which is great.
But when it came to ME, who held the largest data set?
More than that… who stood to gain the most? Who stood to lose the most?
Over 2 years ago, on the 10th of April, 2010, I told Frankie Faires:
“You (through Adam and Josh as well) have changed my life.
Even better, you have made my life more MY life than it ever has been before.”
Most people encounter The Movement when they are looking at exercise and how to get better at it.
We often say “The Movement is about better”.
I believe we work with better ways to exercise.
But we don’t just say “The Movement is about better exercise”, do we?
What do you have to lose, by listening to The Movement and trying out some ideas?
I would put forward that you might lose some comforting beliefs, some falsehoods and half-truths that keep you a little warmer at night.
But what do you have to gain?
Maybe control of your life will be returned to you in part, after years of people, institutions, corporations and belief systems seeking to take it from you.
Do those stakes sound worthwhile?
Are you ready to be dealt some different cards?
I am Piers McCarney and I am The Movement.
You can read more by Piers McCarney at www.mcarneypt.com