Recently, one of my circus teachers said, "Some skills you can keep--like riding a unicycle or juggling. But if you don't keep working on your splits, you'll lose them."
I was thinking about this at the gym this morning. Several people were there working out, lifting heavy, heavy weights. I, too, was there exercising for the purpose of strengthening my bones.
We pay so much attention to this body, yet, the minute we stop working out, we lose it. I could do splits 50 years ago, but not now.
Skills we can keep include training our minds, like we do in meditation.
Really, shouldn't we be spending as much time meditating as exercising?