Today, I wanted to share a small but potent, ancient Zen teaching on accepting limitations. First introduced to me through one of the great Phil Jackson’s books.
Paradoxically, accepting your limitations opens the door to great progress. This concept relates to one of the running themes of Buddhism, acceptance. In essence, failure to accept reality as it is, creates suffering. I know I have fallen prey to this over the last week, wishing gyms could stay open, feeling futility at my inability to change the reality that they cannot, and suffering inside as a result.
After taking a near 2 hour walking meditation yesterday, my head is clearer and acceptance has washed over the frustration, giving way to somewhat more peace and clarity. The resulting acceptance of the way things are has allowed me to already achieve some progress in directions that are still unrestricted, or at least less so.
All of us are experiencing varying levels of exasperation and fatigue, especially when it comes to our fitness habits being stripped so unfairly and needlessly from us. But loitering in those feelings for any longer will be quite fruitless. It will not change reality, and will actually hamper your ability to progress in ways that you still might. By clouding your ability to clearly see what you can still do, resulting from a focus on what you cannot, lack of acceptance can keep occult, that which is quite plain to see.
By accepting fully, the absence of your usual, quite excellent resources (me, Ryan, EP, our amazing community, lest you forget!) you will be able to see what is there, and thus able to work with and exploit the opportunities for progressing within that paradigm.
If all you have is a pull up bar, get really good at pull ups.
Be safe and stay active.