Mind Control and Exercise Awareness
"If you want to know what someone was doing in the past, look at their body now, If you want to know what someone's body will look like in the future, look at what their mind is doing now" ~ the Dalai Lama
What you may not know is that your mind is not limited by time and physical location. That means you possess amazing mind control abilities... like a JEDI! I will explain what this has to do with how to start exercising in a minute, but first I want to show you what I mean in the following story:
An ancient Chinese teacher and his student are working together on mastering mind and body, when the teacher says to the student:
TEACHER: "Point to where your mind is located."
STUDENT: The student pauses and points to his head.
TEACHER: The teacher then drops a 50 pound rock on his foot and asks, "Now point to where your mind is located."
STUDENT: The student immediately points to his foot.
TEACHER: The teacher then points to a mountain far in the distance and says, "Do you see that mountain?"
TEACHER: "Where is your mind located now?"
STUDENT: The student points to the mountain.
The moral of this story is that your mind is NOT located in your head! Your brain is. Your mind is located where you place it. Similar to the story, you will need to understand this idea to be able to learn how to start exercising. Being mindful of your body with exercise is crucial! Focusing your attention on the body part your working, being mindful of your posture, and knowing when you body begins to fatigue is exercise awareness. On the other hand, focusing on how you look in a mirror, your iphone,or a television isn't exercise awareness, it's a cure for your wandering mind or boredom while you work out.
Let's practice mind control! Close your eyes and remember back to the last vacation you took. (ie. laying on the beach in Jamaica) Can you imagine the smell, the breeze, the warm sun on your body, the sound of the ocean waves crashing on the shore? Your mind is in Jamaica, even though you are physically here. (unless you're actually in Jamaica right now reading this! In which case, I'll have a frozen beverage please.)
How about this. Lay your arm in your lap. Now squeeze your fist tight. Your mind is now in your hand. Now let go of your grip and completely let your arm go limp. You no longer inhabit your arm. Do you see how you can move your mind around your body. Learning this skill puts you one step closer to avoiding an injury and really getting the most out of fitness and exercise. It also puts you one step closer to being able to levitate! Well, not really...
If you're going to learn how to start exercising to change your body, you'll need to pay attention to your body. Your ability to focus on the position and movements of your body not only reduces the risk of an injury but enhances the experience. Learning the warning signs your body uses with exercise, recognizing them when they happen, and then doing something about it is what reduces your risk of injury and creates long lasting results.
If you get what I'm talking about in this blog post, welcome to the club! If not, you better have health insurance. (wink wink)
Being present in the "now" is an endangered species. We are constantly multi-tasking and sending our minds in multiple directions. Over the next few hours or days, see if you can be present to your thoughts and your body instead of your cell phone or some other distraction. May the force be with you!
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