Breaking Chains

Breaking Chains

Rosa Luxemburg said, “He who does not move does not notice his chains.” The social, economic and political contexts surrounding this statement are timeless, but they aren’t the reasons I can’t shake this quote from my head.

This quote resonates with me on a deep philosophical level, as I am constantly wary that my own ways of thinking can be limiting if they are allowed to solidify and become chains. But the real reason I can’t stop repeating this quote is more tangible. It is movement.

Just as I want a mind that is free from constraints, I want an untethered body that moves through space. So what are my ‘chains’ and how do I get free of them?

Our bodies adapt to resistance. This fact is an underpinning of strength training, but it is also a hidden pitfall, albeit metaphoric. Stick with me. If we drag our chains around long enough, we cease to feel their weight. So let me add to Rosa’s brilliant thought – she who moves within the chain’s radius is similarly situated to he who does not move.

I want to break these chains, but I have to identify them first. Since I have been dragging them around for a while, I may not even know how many there are or how much they weigh. Here’s what I am doing, and I think it is working. I am challenging my limits. When I think something is impossible, chances are I found a chain. In seeking my limit, I hit the end of my chain, but I don’t fall backwards. I dig in, and start pushing. So far I have broken a few, I can feel others losing their integrity, and many others seem much too strong. Those are the ones I like the most, because they must be the heaviest. I know it only takes one link to fail, and I will move more freely than before.

What would you do if you knew you could cultivate the strength to do anything?

What would you do if you were truly and completely free of fear?

Do those things. Break those chains.

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