Day Eighty-Five/Image Eighty-Five

“Afloat” Image. Ceres Gallery. New York. Solo Show.

Last year when I went to the gym, I was called the Scuba Planker. I did an exercise called The Plank. The Plank is done by placing your elbows on the floor with your forearms in front. You rest the weight of your body on your elbows, supported by your toes, keeping everything else in your body in a straight line off the ground…….holding it for as long as you can. It is very hard. At first I could hold it for 30 seconds, working my way up to holding it for 2 and a half minutes.

It is difficult. I did not want to be doing it except that it is to strengthen the center part of your body. No one in their right mind would want to be totally present while doing it. And because it hurts the longer you hold it, I visualized I was under water. Therefore I was called The Scuba Planker.

I would pretend I was snorkeling for sea glass, close to the shore. I would imagine that I was picking up each piece, investigating it, putting it down.

I was having a hard time emotionally one day, and while doing this exercise, I went into my visualization and I started to look around, not at the bright sun-lit sea glass, but out at the foggy blue water. As I struggled to get through my two and a half minutes, out of the opaque water came a shark!

Ouch! But why complain? I am the one who invented this visualization trick in the first place! Almost better to feel the pain and be in the real world of the gym than have a shark coming at you!

Click link below to see my friend Tom Campbell’s musical tribute to “Scuba Planker” (courtesy of Dan Shewbridge)