Every morning when I wake up, I have certain thoughts – and after those thoughts, a certain melody starts to play in my mind – a melody I’ve heard often in the past – and a melody I’ve written about before.
Regular readers of this newsletter will probably guess what this is about.
YES, it’s THAT melody that I heard in China – played on the loudspeakers in the park (in the late afternoons) while I used to train there – almost all alone, and yet not – at peace with myself, and out there in Nature, feeling the spring sun upon my back as I trained.
A wonderful, wonderful feeling, and I’ve written before the wonderful, uplifted feeling I had EVERY time I heard those slow, lilting tunes.
Oh my. Almost done transported me to another world as it were … and I’m IN that world as I write this to you now, my friend.
I’m stretching my hamstrings out after a tough hill climb. I’m thinking about my daughter – – some of my friends – – and I’ve got this HUGE cheshire cat grin on my face – – which by the way has got NOTHING to do with the smashing workout I just got through.
The old man I’ve referred to so often is coming up the stairs – – slowly, but surely, and I’m looking forward to greeting him.
A lady that does a lot of yoga like movements that would put the average yogi/yogini to shame within a jiffy is preparing to pack her things up and leave.
And in general – – as the clock ticks 3:30 or so, the song fades out, only to be replaced by another … and all is SUPER WELL in my world as I descend them stairs, say hello to the rambunctious (one of them!) security guard, and prepare to head home.
Did I just type all that? Did I just say what I did?
Seems I did – and I said it for a purpose as well – that purpose being to remind you that our past, present and (most importantly) our FUTURES – are nothing more than what we create in our minds for ourselves – whether we know it or not.
You can liken it to a movie – – and you can literally “cut out” parts you don’t like – – and choose to “make your own mental movies” with ONLY the parts you like – – and focus upon THOSE for the future.
And though I’ve spoken about this at length before, some folks still don’t “get it” – so I’m mentioning it again.
Believe me, Wallace D. Wattles had it SPOT on when he spoke about doing things a “certain way”.
That certain way doesn’t just mean move your hands here – – or sit there – – or any such “rum drum” things you might think of.
No – it means to go into your memory banks – and infuse whatever you are doing NOW – with the same PASSION, INTENSITY and FEELING you had in the past when you succeeded at something – – or the same passion you have for your goals – – or whatever – – and do so in a “happy” mood!
And while the logic of that is easy to comprehend, the “feeling” part is the most important, my friend.
You can “think” you’re doing things a certain way – – but until you “feel yourself doing things a certain way” and “feel” good – – it ain’t gonna work.
And the way to tap into that immense reservoir of feelings – – emotion – – and raw, untapped LATENT POWER we ALL have inside of us is to visualize correctly and with DEEP EMOTION!
I’ve often had dreams of passing by an immense, calm, yet flowing lake (or perhaps river) of sorts – – and in that dream I’ve seen the outline of a croc as well.
My “dream self” noticed this. Hey, that looks like a croc hiding underneath all that water!
A few steps later, that “mass” in the water revealed itself to be a gigantic croc – hiding under the water – a metaphor, and an apt one if any, which reveals the hidden POWERS of our subconscious – literally way, way more than anything we can imagine.
Anyhow, how does any of this relate to fitness, you might ask?
Well, simple – you don’t just “go through the motions” when you’re doing a 0 Excuses Fitness workout, for example.
When you’re doing pushups, or putting yourself through the wringer in terms of getting to 500 Hindu Squats at a go – you don’t just “do the thing”.
You do the squats – the pushups – with FEELING – INTENSITY – while keeping your ultimate goal in mind!
And you do so when you have a good FEELING going on – – and truth be told, the deep breathing that I repeatedly emphasize so often makes you get into that “feel good” state almost as soon as you start your routine.
Folks often speak of “runner’s high” or other artificial highs that you get from substances such as alcohol, tobacco etc.
Fooey. All of the above ain’t NOTHING when compared to the natural high you get from breathing and performing certain exercises correctly – – and the best darn exercise there is is a PRIME example of this, mi amigo.
So thats today’s tip – albeit a somewhat long one.
When you’re doing something – or about to do something – always, always, pay attention to your breathing – and your emotions while you’re doing that thing.
Make this a part of your life, just like the next breath you take – and you’ll notice the changes taking place almost immediately if you do it right.
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