Friday, November 5, 2010

The Tao of The Kettlebell - Verse 12

The five colors blind the eye.
The five tones deafen the ear.
The five flavors dull the taste.
The chase and the hunt craze people's minds.
Wasting energy to obtain rare objects
only impedes one's growth.
The master observes the world
but trusts his inner vision.
He allows things to come and go.
He prefers what is in to what is without. 

I haven't visited with the Tao since June.  Lot's of things have happened for me and now seems like the best time to continue on in my journey to understand the Tao a little better while understanding myself though it.  With a little bit of luck and inspiration hopefully you too will find a pearl or two of wisdom for your own life as the Tao speaks to us all.

This twelfth verse of the Tao challenges us to go inside ourselves to find the answers to our questions.

"Your eyes can deceive you, don't trust them."
                                                          -Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars

To put too much weight on the physical senses can impair judgment.  Deep down, under the voice of the ego lies the inner voice of conscience.

"Always let your conscience be your guide."
                                                        -Jiminy Cricket

How often people enter the fitness craze and ignore the inner wisdom for the promise of a quick fix.  How often do we find ourselves looking for the magic machine or wonder pill that will transform our bodies into that of a Greek statue with little or no effort.

The effect of a good diet and exercise program goes far beyond the consequence of how you look naked.  In a recent blog post by Eric J Moss, he discusses the difference between training for yourself and training for the mirror image.  Which is more rewarding ultimately?  He called the blog, "Survival of the Sexiest/Fittest".  In it there's a great analogy about busting hump for 6 months to look good for your ex at a reunion only to find they didn't show.  HA!  Instead, Eric suggests to train for you.  Eric trains for the love of training and his appearance, as mentioned, is a consequence of the training but certainly not the prime motivation behind his training.  

For the love of the game.  Would Tiger Woods golf for free?  Would Kobe still play ball if he grew up in Timbuktu?  Would Dhani Jones play Football for free?  I'd argue yes.  Because their income is a consequence of their love for the game.   So it must be for you, the fitness enthusiast.

The chase and the hunt craze people's mind.  Wasting energy to obtain rare objects only impedes one's growth.

This can apply to so much, but we're talking strength, conditioning and health here so let's stay on that.  The Bowflex is the worlds most expensive coat hanger.  The Ab Roller is the thing you trip over when you come home after a night of drinking.  The Shake Weight got turned on by mistake an shook it self under the bed one day while you were at work until the battery died and now you can't find it.  Your 8 Minute Ab video tape collects dust because you haven't have a VCR for how long?

The master observes the world but trusts his inner vision.

Yes, as Eric put it, we are social beings and unfortunately the opinions of others have meaning.  But keep in mind, If you're in a room in front of 100 people, you'll have 101 opinions of you.  Which one is most important?  The challenge is to release the ego and realize that you are not your reputation or what others think of you.  You may not even be what you think of you based on what you think.

You are a divine being having a human experience and as that, train for the love of training.  If you don't love training, you're on the wrong type of training.  Find something physical that you love to do and do it often and let the mirror, scale and the look on your ex's face be a consequence of your effort and not the motivation.  Eric and I have a deep love and passion for Russian Kettlebells.  What's yours?

Allow things to come and go...  look within...  and what is without will not be an issue anymore.

Challenge for you!

40 days.  Cover the full size mirror, toss the scale, find a physical activity you love and for 40 days journal your experience with said activity.  Call it a training log.  Eat well.  Listen to your conscience and look within.  See what happens in 40 days.  You'll be different and for the better.

Are you up to the challenge?

In my next post I will reveal my plan for my 40 days... and also talk about why 40 days.  Stay tuned!

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