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Tension and Elasticity


Tension and inflexibility came into prominence for our species for a reason; but so did relaxation and elasticity. Without tension accomopanied by hypervigilance it’s likely that many more humans would not have survived millenia ago, maybe not even enough to carry on the race. Inflexibility must have played an importnat suvival role as well, whether we’re talking of body or mind. Conversely, a person can’t stay tense and inflexible for more than a few hours and remain effective. The ability to relax, to be flexible, not just in body, but in mind is as essential as the ability to react quickly and strongly. In fact  to bend, but not break may be even more useful. The ability to build up our bodies and minds cannot substitue for building up versatility and flexibility. And the ability to relax and be open to suggestion allows growth and discovery. Being able to tense and to relax are both necessary to all creatures and there is a time and a place for both. On the one hand we would not be able to protect ourselves or to achieve any kind of goal without tension of a sort and we would be unable to protect ourselves or to achieve any kind of goal without elasticity on the other. Given that, it seems to me that the way to go is to maintain a balance as the heron above does, with tension in the legs to hold himself up, but flexibility in the neck and shoulders to facilitate bodily health. Balance is the key and should be held in mind at all times, for once we’re out of balance contentment and comfort are lost. Would you rather balance tension and elasticity or remain only on one side of the equation?


Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

2 thoughts on “Tension and Elasticity

  1. I believe tension and balance is for the birds. I tend to lean on the side of relaxation and laziness and being on the couch. Couches are made for me sitting on them and when I am away then miss me. That puts tension on them when I am gone, so in order for me to maintain balance on the couch I need to relax and put tension on it. So you see where my relaxation maintains balance?

  2. nice shot I like the textures…

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