I’m in the middle of getting my Personal Fitness Trainer Certificate. I'm learning a lot of science behind how to design the best workouts for optimal health, and continuing to learn about nutrition, which I already know quite a bit about, from over 20 years of independent research. Now, I measure everything, measure my reps, my speed, my weight, etc. I found that when I work out on my own I end up doing very long complicated workouts. Like last night, I did a 2 hr workout; I ran 3 miles, did about 10 100 meter sprints, trying to beat my fastest time (fastest since I started measuring it a few months ago), then I did a bunch of calisthenics and boxing tabatas. Today, I plan to work all day, and then do another probably 2 hr workout this evening. Thats what weekends are for, to catch up on workout time! I work such long hours during the week, that I don’t have as much time to work out as I’d like. It does seem to me like I work always.
I was raised in a post communist country, and I was told as a child, ‘The enemy never sleeps. Be prepared always.’ The enemy being, the capitalists. Communism is a satanic ideology, not a true path to enlightenment, but there is some truth to the idea that ‘the enemy’ never sleeps. What I was not told, is that the true battle is ongoing within the mind and heart of each individual. And the true enemy is our own dark nature, it’s our vices, our own blocks to excellence, our own laziness, procrastination, poor habits, poor belief systems, that trap us in low states of consciousness.
The true battle is won within, and only then can be won without. Just like in the movie the Matrix, if you die in the matrix, you die in reality too, because your mind makes it real. But if you gain knowledge and experience in the matrix, you gain knowledge and experience in reality too.
To win the internal battle means to transform your own dark nature (‘the enemy’) into light. For some people fitness is just about having more muscle, better abs, less fat. That’s fine. For me, fitness is first of all about spiritual clarity and spiritual strength. And the battle is really about you transforming your weakness into your strength, your fears into courage, your shadow into wisdom, your dark emotions into self knowledge. That requires you going into very dark places of your soul and defining yourself there, where no one can tell you what is right and what is wrong. You have to express that from the core of your true being, who always knows what is right and and what is wrong. That’s called character, real character. It comes from the divinity inside yourself. It’s not what Hollywood portrays it to be, with make up and costumes and unnecessary drama. All that is lies. Literally, actors are paid liars. Stop watching TV, and start paying attention to your own soul.
‘Winning the inner battle’ doesn’t happen in one epic massive workout, or one epic revelation about your life purpose. It happens by doing a little bit of good every day. Small steps in the right direction made consistently over a long period of time, is what creates deep lasting transformation.
Just like there are no real get rich quick schemes, there are no real get enlightened quick methods. You have to do the inner and outer work consistently for years, grind every day, search your soul for truth every day, read and study sacred texts, meditate, pray, release the dead weight, turn that lead into gold (dark emotions into wisdom), by cooking it slowly in the fire of your heart, every hour of every day, day by day, year by year, for the rest of your life. This is a process you do while doing everything in your life, not just fitness. Have you heard the saying, ‘How you do anything, is how you do everything.’ A Spirit Warrior is doing spiritual battle in everything they do at every moment of the day. Whether they want it or not, like it or not. If that is your calling, that is what you are doing. Some of you know that is your calling, some of you don’t. If you don’t know you are in a battle, you can’t win.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it’s understood that it’s the slow simmer of roots and herbs over a long period of time that releases the greatest amount of nutrition and medicine from those plants.
Therefore, patiently chiseling your character against life’s endless barrage of challenges, is what will produce permanent enlightening results, and true inner strength.
Some people devote one day of the week, like Saturday or Sunday, to God and rest on that day. I respect that. But I devote every moment of my day to God/ the Great Spirit. My monastery is in the sacred space of my heart, and my service to God in my heart temple is a 24-7-365 process. I’ll rest when I die.
I mean that somewhat facetiously, because rest is actually very important, to prevent burnout and injuries. What people actually need is ‘active rest.’ Active rest is what produces total relaxation of the mind and body, like meditation. What most people consider rest (like watching TV), is just another form of stress on the mind. But that’s a topic for another blog.
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