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