Ice Skating on Lakes #iceskating
December 16, 2013
Nothing in the winter Olympics stands prouder than the ice skating competitions. We see more beauty, skill, and poise than in all other winter sports. I have always admired ice skaters gliding across the venue with the power to jump and spin, and the artistry to dance and draw you in with a colorful story. In the early 90s I decided to take ice skating lessons. As I didn’t want to feel like a fool on my first lesson, I had practiced the basics, skating forward and backward, and even tried a few spins.
My teacher was likely considered the hardest one at the rink. He was blithe and emotionless, when I wished he would be joking with me. His first lesson was about skating on the inside and outside edges of the skate. I didn’t own my own skates, so I wore a pair of rented ones, that had very little sharpness, making it hard to find any edges at all.
When my teacher explained that I shouldn’t skate on the entire blade mostly, but, in fact, skate on the inside and outside edges, I began to understand the concept more clearly why I felt so clumsy all those years of trying to look graceful. However, explanation wasn’t enough to help me feel ease in gliding, especially with the extreme pain in my thighs after only five minutes of trying to accomplish this new skill.
I had a week of practice to learn to skate in the shape of an 8, which would allow me to go from skating on the inside to the outside of each edge of my skate. The skill was maddening. My feet quivered more with each try. I would imagine steadiness with all my might, but the foot on which I skated didn’t seem to listen at all.
This was, perhaps, one of the biggest AHA moments in my life. The body has its own brain. Even when you are the most adept at a concept, you must teach the body like a little child the action you want it to achieve. I had had this experience when I learned to type and play the piano, but not as a spiritual seeker. This moment was paramount to my spiritual growth. “Teach your body as if it were a child!” How exactly does this work?
First of all, you don’t demand of a child without getting backlash in the form of resentment and anger. Trust me, your body can give you the same attitude as an angry child. “I’ll just decide to weaken, and you’ll get a foot ache that will keep you from pushing me so hard!” could be something the body might say to an ice skater.
I’m certain this was one of the messages I received. However, I did get the idea fairly quickly that I should just try to guide my mind, rather than push it. The concept is power vs. force. With force, an equal and opposite reaction happens. With power, the mind can simply guide the unskilled body to perfect poise.
I would glide as much as I could. When my foot would cramp or quiver, I simply would slow up or stop for a moment. In my mind, I kept seeing the arc complete and seamless. Eventually, I would be able to do most of the basic moves and even all of the single turning jumps. After that, I realized I could never become anything more than an amateur who enjoyed skating, so I didn’t go any further. My lessons were never as a skater, they were always as a spiritual man trying to understand the intricacies of the mind-body paradigm.
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