Enabley

The Enabler enables the Enablee in the Enabley Academy of Enabling, founded circa 10,000 BCE.

By what sort of things does the Enabler enable the Enablee?  For example:

Enablee (Ee): “It hurts when I type and mouse all day every day.”

Enabler (Er): “Show me you type and mouse.”

Ee: (typing and mousing)

Er: “There are many details you can do differently to minimize the pain of chronic computer interaction based on what I just saw.  We’ll get to that.  First, I offer an orienting perspective.  The difficulty with sitting in a chair for hours a day while interacting with the computer through mouse and keyboard or whatever is that to hold ourselves upright we have to tense all sorts of muscles across our entire body.  Add to that the strain of pressing the keys or clicking and flicking the wireless mouse with two heavy AA batteries 1000 times a day.  As chronically called upon muscles fatigue and overextend themselves they are damaged.  Since the pattern of seated mousing & typing is repeated each day with infrequent exception, the muscles never completely heal in the midst of being damaged further.  This can happen for a long while while being unconsciously compensated for.  But eventually the automatic decision makers can’t hide from the “user” (that’s us) the fact that there is damaged tissue.  Something always hurts when I move like this.  The idea is to become very conscious of our bodies, area by area, surface by surface, so that we can feel, in real time, the pain flare and subside as we consciously tense & relax.  Simultaneously we can find/engineer postures (for our usual environments) that create the least overall neutral strain while also enabling free, less effortful movement within the range of the keyboard and mouse or whatever.  Then, once we can remain in this posture for 20-minute tomatoes, let’s work on moving with our breath while in the less effortful place.  Many people don’t realize that the breath moves the body, or, more directly, breathing is movement of body.  If we are still while we breath it is because we are resisting the motion of the breath (middle, lower back).  Or we’re breathing very shallowly (shoulders).  Tantalizingly, I can imagine successively activating muscle groups in ascending patterns that mimic a musical scale, so as to “wear level” requests for enabling movement.  Lastly, we’ve all somehow gotta find ways to occasionally string together 2 and 3 day spans wherein we aren’t typing or mousing or sitting in chairs overmuch.  The ideal, so far as I’ve ranged, is to divide time into 20 minute (or whatever) blocks of time where I try to keep the posture and move with my breath while lightly engaging top-of-the-line input devices, seated comfortably, with everything at an appropriate height.  Between the 20 minute (or whatever) intervals, I get up, do a forward bend, or whatever.  I mean, I just do something, whatever my environment permits.  I switch it up throughout the day and days.  If set patterns are your thing, try and make a big planned out thingamajig.  There are only 27 slices of 20 mins in a 9 hour period.  Which, with all things considered probably only amounts to 20 or fewer actual opportunities for a “20-minute tomato”.  That’s 20 post-“20-minute tomato”es to string together into Mon-Tues-Wed-Etc specific arrangements.  Maybe follow a 10 minute tomato with a 20 minute tomato with a 30 minute tomato with a 20 minute tomato with a 10 minute tomato.  Mix it up.  You’re the director, Ee.  Now to those details specific to you.  On our way, let’s discuss the general principles of human anatomy, especially in relation to posture, to build a frame for communicating an adequate analysis and set of recommendations…”

Er: “Bonus enabler!  We are our own Enabler (mind) enabling (being) our Enablee (body), if you will.”

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