I have a leg injury, and my physio believes it may be a spine issue.
This means that I have to strengthen my abdominal muscles. Strong abdominal muscles act like the wires on a suspension bridge – holding the spine straight and steady.
This command pops into my mind from time to time, and it came to me recently while walking home.
It was dark and warm. I commanded my abdominals and glutes to tense, then I lifted my sternum.
My abdominals begin to burn as the lactic acid builds up and my mind says to release them due to the pain – but something strange happens – I override this order.
“You will hold until I get home” I tell my obliques and transverse abdominus.
We underrate how much authority we have over our body, because we are sloppy when communicating with Feeling.
My core sears, but I simply contract harder, and the muscles accept their fate and obey.
I imagine their experiences – that is the muscles. They are simply going about their day in the great society which is a human body when an executive order flashes to them: “WORK!”.
What would you do if the President called you at 10pm and told you to go to work immediately?
The brain sends commands like these to the muscles through electric surges that travel through the nervous system.
Our brains startle our muscle into action – and if we can muster enough electrical energy – we can control them.
I think of the Greeks.
Zeus was the God of order and command, and his favourite method of communication was through lightning.
It always stuns me about how deep an intuition the Greeks displayed when choosing their Gods.
Zeus to them was the metaphor of a king to a citizen, but beautifuly matches the role of our brains to our muscles: An unpredictable rogue who could at any moment demand that you take action by striking you with lightning.
If you want to develop your leadership skills, start by learning how to be a “good king” for the society that is you.