My New Focus

I've known for a long time that I am a physical being. That I crave movement! When I play tennis, workout in the gym, skip rope, ride my bike, hit the volleyball or shoot baskets with my daughters, take Bubba for a run around the block - I know how good the movement makes me feel. I feel energized, fresh, calm, clear, enlightened, enthusiastic. I've been aware of this for most of my entire life. And so, I move a lot! 

It's no surprise to me that I have the job that I have. When I worked at IBM in my early twenties, I would stare out the window of my office, just longing to be outside running or skiing or biking. Instead of the regular coffee breaks my team members took, I'd venture outside for a quick walk to reawaken my spirit after staring at a computer screen for several hours. It wasn't that I didn't like solving problems, or challenging my brain with computer design work, but it wasn't fueling my spirit, my energy, my enthusiasm. 

And so, I changed my path. I began studying and training and mentoring and experimenting on myself with exercise, movement and nutrition. And over the last 25 years, I've moved and eaten in pretty much every different way our health and wellness industry has prescribed as the newest and greatest method to optimal fitness, health and performance. 

Over the last six months, I've shifted my focus somewhat, while I still move and eat as before. I've shifted toward something I've resisted before. To something I have told myself before was only for those who really need it. And guess what, I was right. It really is only for those who really need it. Me. All of us! And I've realized that you don't have to be jacked up, or some spiritual 'namaste' yoga-type either. You can simply be a regular person, who values their health and quality of life. And the science supports it!

So what is it I am talking about? What is this new focus?

It's stillness. Deliberate and mindful stillness. Literally stopping. Not moving. Pausing. Noticing. Opening. Taking a simple breath. Checking in with my bodily sensations, my thoughts and my feelings. And I don't have to wonder into the woods or a monastery. I don't have to sit cross legged with my hands held together pointing at the sky. I don't have to do anything. Literally. 

And now, having committed to this stillness for 6 months, I have come to realize how my body, my mind and my spirit crave not only my daily and regular movement, but how much they equally crave my stillness.


Michael Allison, President Physical Focus Inc.


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