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There’s a saying, “Energy follows intent.” It’s true enough. Want to build energy? Just intend it. Want it to be erotic, calm, angry, whatever? Same deal: Focus on what you want to do, let your unconscious handle the details.
You could say the same about dance: Movement follows intent. Want to cross the room? Just intend it, your brain and legs know what to do. Want to move sexily, calmly, angrily? Just focus on that intent, let your unconscious handle the details.
Not everything follows intent. If that dancer gets injured, her physical therapist can’t just intend to make her better. He has to know about muscles and joints, teach her the right motions to strengthen the right parts.
If she breaks her leg, the doctor can’t just intend to set it. He has to know the bones and muscles involved, and the tools used to heal them.
You know how Olympic records are consistently broken, year after year? It’s because our training improves, based on increased knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and movement. Coaches understand how the body moves, and guide athletes to more effective movements of the body.
I respect dancers, athletes, and everyone who does something beautiful or amazing by following their intent. But me? I want to be the physical therapist, the surgeon, the coach. Which means intent isn’t enough.If you liked this post, consider visiting my current blog at mikesententia.com.