The Mindful Fitness Manifesto
Exercise has an amazing ability to cleanse our minds if we let it. We bathe ourselves in the soft crunch of sneakers on the trail, the whirr of the wheels on the pavement, the gentle caress of wind through our hair, and warm pressing of the sun on our backs.
These sensations, sights, and sounds bapxize us and recall a simpler way of being. But we have to create the space for it to happen.
We have to connect to beautiful music, the sounds of nature, and the power that comes from community. We have to escape the traditional model of fitness, where being in shape means fitting an impossible model. And everything else means failure.
We have to abandon the world of harshly lit gyms, distorted speakers, television zombie treadmill running, and anti-social hoodie wearing.
We have to stop looking at magazines with envy and starting look in the mirror with admiration.
We have to stop following every one else’s path and forge our own.
When we exercise with intention, with clarity, and with spaciousness we do more than become stronger in body. We become stronger in heart and mind.
The world calls us to move, not so we can be on the cover of a magazine. But because movement brings us into balance with nature. It brings us into the flow of life.
The journey is long, but the beginning is simple.
Open your front door.
Open your eyes.
Open your ears.
And open your mind.
Take that first step and realize that the energy of the universe flows through your veins. With every pump your heart calls you to wake up, with every breath your lungs bring you into the world like a newborn babe.
This is why we love exercise, why we love life, why we just can’t get enough.
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