Posted by: Michael Rickicki | 06/11/2021

Infinite Progress

I am trying out something a little different. For some reason, I have gotten it stuck in my head that any deviation from constant, all out striving and hardcore hammering is weak. I realize I have fallen prey to an insidious ideology: the myth of infinite progress. Fortunately for me I do have a foothold in the Dhamma and realize that, despite my best efforts, this body will go its own way and eventually fall completely apart on its own.

So, does that mean I should abandon this project of conditioning and development? I wouldn’t quite say that, no. What it does mean is that I need to make time for restorative practice and to cultivate a friendly familiarity with the body instead of solely thrashing it into submission.

So, for that reason, I decided that I would do all of the tasks and exercises except for the cardio portion which would’ve equaled 108 Active Zone Minutes. Instead, on off days I will be taking up Tai Chi again as a way of achieving this.

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