willPower Rockstar Workout 2012.6

The temptation is to go wide rather than deep…to know a little about everything…to wander off into tangents, and to allow our inbox to guide us to this task or that response. We gain more value and life-satisfying purpose, though, from identifying our niche and going deep. Seek to become an expert…a person of value…someone of DEPTH.

This week, I invite you to go a mile deep. Go to the edge of your comfort zone….and then a little beyond. Find your depth. It’s life-generating. In our depth, we learn more about ourselves…what we’re made of…what we can endure. From this place of depth, we then come to know and understand our true power…ahem, our willPower.

Day One: Find your DEPTH in the exercise.
Go deep into your body. Find the edge of your pose. Go one inch deeper in your squat. Stay deep and hold until the muscle starts to shake.
Massage deeply. Use your thumbs along the landing pad of your foot. Use your knuckles along the transverse arch of your foot. Work out the adhesions.

Hidden beneath your feet is a luminous stage where you are meant to rehearse your eternal dance.” ~Hafiz

Day Two:  Find the DEPTH in your desire.

The depth of your desire cultivates the level of your inspiration. Which activities, causes, or pastimes are you most passionate about? If you had the time, money, (insert other limiting factor holding you back), what would do…or do more of?

Day Three: Cultivate your DEPTH in mastery.

Depth develops mastery, and mastery delivers a unique vision and a sense of fulfillment from deepening your practice.

Mastery…to know a certain domain of the world in depth…the inevitable result of sustained concentration of an object of intense interest.”~Stephen Cope

Day Four: Expand your DEPTH through breath.

Practice deep heart-centered breathing. Close your eyes. Feel your heart expanding with your inhale. Let go of any deep hurts with your exhale.

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” ~Albert Camus

Day Five: Retreat into your DEPTH.

Go deep into a retreat…formally or informally. My in-flight entertainment is usually a book or a notebook. In a quiet space above the clouds, the ideas seem to roll in with fluidity and easy. Even if you don’t have a long trans-Pacific flight halfway around the world, take some time to journal a little more deeply about what is going on in your world. Clear away the blockages. Allow your inspiration to flow through you as it was meant to.

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.” ~Martha Graham

Day Six: Invite DEPTH into your learning.

Study something in-depth. Just as our bodies need nutrients and exercise, our minds need knowledge and inspiration for vitality. Books have a power to create a mini-world within us. That depth is restorative to our souls.

Knowledge is only a rumor until it is in the muscle.” ~New Guinea proverb

Day Seven: Discover your personal DEPTH.

Explore beneath the surface and find greater depth. By drilling down into the depths of something, you discover your own depths. As you go to sleep, set the intention to rest more deeply. Keep a notebook by your bed to jot down any dreams upon awakening.

Examine each fiber. Persist in your quest. Squeeze harder and engage more fully. Think it through completely; from all angles, and understand it all. Be fully you; to the very depth of your soul.” ~willPower & grace

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Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah is a studio owner, fitness instructor and competitor. She is a former investment banker and equity research analyst with her MBA from the Wharton School and her MA in International Affairs from the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah is fluent in Japanese and consults with Japanese companies on corporate governance, finance, and investor relations. Sarah's interest in Japan stemmed from her first tour with Disney On Ice as a professional figure skater. For more info on Sarah and her studio, visit www.starslocker.com.