The Fine Art of Flexibility

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Practicing the fine art of flexibility in your body, your mind, and your life will allow you to  stretch beyond your fears and limitations and towards your goals and dreams. Let’s talk about cultivating and finding strength in flexibility.


Melanie Ott

Inspirational Thoughts

“Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.” ~ Tony Robbins

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” ~ Albert Einstein

“Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.” ~ Lao Tzu

Find Strength in Flexibility

Webster defines flexibility as “the quality of bending easily without breaking; willingness to change or compromise.” I describe flexibility as a “fine art” because I believe true flexibility requires an artful, delicate balance of the mind and body.

I was recently talking about flexibility with a friend who has a black belt in the martial art of Aikido. In Aikido, flexibility is much more than the ability to touch your toes or do a split. It’s about flexibility of the mind, the ability to quickly perceive and respond to each moment, particularly when things are changing. Instead of being on autopilot, you learn to adjust your response based on what will be most helpful in a given situation.

Perhaps you fear being flexible will make you look wishy-washy or uncertain — leading you to take a rigid stance against life’s inevitable curveballs. Inflexible behavior and reactions are often the result of trying to control too much, from circumstances and outcomes to other people. But, it’s not only impossible to control the world around you — it’s also exhausting and futile.

So how do you develop the flexibility to respond actively and positively to change? One word: Stretch! The more you stretch yourself — taking on new challenges, learning new skills, and opening yourself to new perspectives — the more flexible you’ll become. And just like in the body, being flexible in life can protect you from pain and injury and increase your resilience.

Life’s ups and downs often feel smoother when you are flexible, allowing things to flow rather than trying to force outcomes. Develop greater flexibility by opening yourself up to possibilities and allowing your mind to remain childlike and curious. Flexibility in thought and action is a skill you can practice and improve upon — and with flexibility comes strength, freedom, peace, and connection.

Tips to Become More Flexible

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