Yesterday I put a short clip up on Instagram – @mattfureysays.
I am on the monkey bars, brachiating backwards. It’s not that hard to do – if you are willing to imagine different. If you are willing to give it a whirl.
When you do the monkey bars in reverse, you break away from the “should” programming that is served to us daily on a shiddy platter.
Doing what you have always done is not the way to set yourself free. Doing what everyone else is doing is the wrong approach to life. Doing what you think you should do so that other people will approve of you, is the worst.
When you train in reverse, you unplug yourself from the so-called real whirld. And that, my friend, is a good thing. A damn good thing.
The brain and nervous system benefits of moving in reverse are abundant.
You clear cobwebs from your mind. You increase feelings of well-being. You increase the release of neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin.
And because you are using your hands to guide yourself on this pathway, you are given a mega-dose of IGF1 (insulin-like growth factor) – the hormone that keeps you young and vitally alive.
The main thing stopping someone from moving in reverse is fear.
Fear of the unknown. Fear of what the neighbors (or other gym members) will think. Fear of looking stupid doing something different.
Over 20 years ago, when I first saw a man in China moving in reverse, I thought it was weird. From my disadvantage point, the window I was peering through, I inwardly scoffed: “What in the hell is this guy doing?”
Within a few milliseconds, I caught myself and corrected course. How would I truly know anything about what he was doing unless I did it myself.
I went downstairs and met with the man. He explained to me what he was doing and how to get the best results.
I didn’t just observe him and take notes. I did “the thing.”
Oddly enough, one of his maxims was to go slowly. The slower the better.
Again, my initial reaction was, “That’s dumb.”
I intercepted that thought as well, and began to imitate his movements. Within a few minutes I had entered uncharted terrain. This terrain, though, was not of this earth. It was surreal.
My hands tingled. So did my feet. And my body felt larger than life.
Overtime I discovered that this way of moving was considered shamanic. It bestowed upon practitioners a calmness, a clarity, a peace of mind. It made blood percolate and memory banks unlock. It activated the healer within all of us.
Years later, I realized that this way of moving unplugged you from negative emotions, even ones that are troubling, such as grief. It also unplugs you from the worries of the world, the fear-pornaganda.
When you’re moving forward, it is difficult to see the big picture. You’re moving into the screenplay, becoming a part of the program.
But when you take a step back, everything changes. You break from the chord that binds you.
You can experience this for yourself when you move along with me.
My Dao Zou course will show you the way.
It will teach you the benefits of backwards day.
Who wants to ride along and see?
I trust you’re saying, “Me, me, me.”