Mind, Body & Spirit

Here’s the fact; MOST PEOPLE DON’T GET ENOUGH EXERCISEThis lack of movement not only affects your physical health. Exercise is the natural way to get you mind, body, and spirit working together.The actual time spent exercising calls upon a few eastern philosophies that are becoming more and more accepted in North America. We have all heard about ‘living in the moment’, ‘Zen’, and ‘Yin/Yang’. Many of us have read countless books and articles about they’re importance to simplifying life so that we make room for happiness. However, most of us don’t know where to start. Exercise is a perfect starting point.Here is a simple introduction to what is going on when you exercise and a suggestion on how you should think.When doing a push-up you are not just lifting your body off of the floor.You are……1) Living in the moment…A great starting point to this very important facet to a happy life. As you lift your body you should feel your muscles react. As well you may feel a few tendons stretch, bones crack, and the blood rushing through your arms.This realization and connection to what is going on in your body is true ‘living in the moment’.2) Zen…..As you lift your body slowly you should empty your mind and concentrate on your breath. Breath out slowly as you raise your body, completing the exhale at the top of the movement. Then, slowly lower your body and inhale, filling your lungs at the bottom of the movement.This simple form of concentrating on the breath is a great introduction to one of the basic concepts of practicing Zen.3) Yin/Yang…..Feeling the hard muscles move the body, then completely relaxing after each set helps you understand the hard/soft aspects of life. Brute strength is needed to get the body moving, and complete relaxation is necessary to continue the exercise for a set duration or time.As you can see, getting enough exercise is not about vanity. Exercise binds mind, body, and spirit second by second as you go through your motions. This alone is a good enough reason to exercise. The stronger the connection the better you feel. To get the mind concentrating on the simple functions of the body, therefore taking away the everyday cluttered thoughts in life, puts you on the road to living in the moment and truly enjoying your own company.

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