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Sunday (7.28.13)- Mind
The following mini-documentary chronicles the story of Scott, a man born with cerebral palsy, who chose not to let his condition define who he was as a person. His unshakable willpower and determination are a reminder to us all that we should be thankful for those gifts which we do have and we should seek to use those gifts to the best of our ability.
Sunday (7.21.13)– Physical Rest Day/ Mindfulness Work
I’ve decided to change the description of Sunday’s MWOD aka “Mental Workout of the Day” to “Mindfulness Work.” What is mindfulness? In a nutshell, it is being constantly aware of your surroundings, your current state, your thought process, and your motivations. It’s easy to get lost in the repetitive flow of day to day to life and, if we aren’t careful, we can end up in a semi-robotic, thoughtless state. Being mindful means asking yourself “What am I doing right now?” “Is this adding value to my life?” “Why I am doing this right now?” This practice us step back and think about the larger issues of life more consistently.
Today’s emphasis is on gratitude— often, we may focus on those negative aspects of our life when there are so many positives staring us right in the face. The following video is very powerful– a deaf woman, with the help of technology hears herself for the first time and is so overwhelmed she can’t contain her emotions. Hopefully, this will make you remember the things in your life you are grateful for! Strive to be swole of body, swole of mind, and swole of heart.
A very powerful idea is presented in this video: that the elements which comprise our bodies are the very same elements from which this universe and the galaxies were spawned. Amid the vastness and entropy of the universe, there is a level of intimacy and connectivity among all things that exist.
This is quite possibly one of the most inspirational speech/video montage combinations I’ve ever seen. I encourage you to ruminate on the ideas presented in this speech and apply them to your own thinking. Oftentimes, we proceed through life with our noses down, blindly following directions from arbitrary figures of authority. We should ultimately seek to find our own personal truth and discover what makes us truly happy.
Get educated on the ill effects that running for long distances as your sole form of exercise, on a consistent basis, can have on your metabolism. Women, especially, have a huge misconception about how to properly lose weight and get a proper physique.
Main takeaway: if you know any women whose primary goal is getting a “lean and toned” physique while still maintaining a normal diet, make them aware of this. They should be doing weight training (especially circuit training), not running themselves to death every day in combination with a starvation diet!
Seriously though, don’t do anything strenuous on your rest day. Or really anything at all.
MWOD (Mental Workout Of the Day)
Watch this video of former Navy SEAL turned coach Mark Divine, the creator of SealFIT and the “Unbeatable Mind” program, as he explains the different concepts of visualization.
Believe it or not, perception is literally reality. Knowing this, it follows that success originates from the mind.
To those who are saying, “Yeaaaah right, this is a bunch of bullshit,” I say to you, “Don’t knock it, til you’ve tried it, friend.” Envisioning true success (which itself must be practiced, you can’t just do it once and expect results) will improve your results and your life as a whole. It just will.
Today, it is completely permissible to lie on the couch all day and drizzle barbecue sauce and mashed up potato chips all over your shirtless belly. However, you can’t them eat them (because that’s unhealthy) but you can still savor the comforting sensation of their presence.
Ah yes, the mind. We must always remember that we are both body AND mind, and as such we need to exercise our brains in the same manner we exercise our body.
Meditation is a great place to start. Meditation is not inherently religious or superstitious; it is simply a way to gain control over our minds and find our place of peace and calmness.
Watch the following video that explains meditation (I’m being completely serious):