Discover True Strength Through Fitness- How To Avoid The Duality Trap
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I love this article. I will be checking out the rest of your site!
I support anything that promotes the idea that physical fitness isn’t just about appearance. I’m very uncomfortable when people see me as being “vain” because I care about what I eat and how I work out.
This article is so spot on when it comes to WHY people should care about their fitness, especially since so much information on the internet focuses on the HOW of fitness.
I’m reminded of this section from Henry Rollins’ essay “Iron and Soul” (which everyone should read). It goes:
“I have never met a truly strong person who didn’t have self-respect. I think a lot of inwardly and outwardly directed contempt passes itself off as self-respect: the idea of raising yourself by stepping on someone’s shoulders instead of doing it yourself. When I see guys working out for cosmetic reasons, I see vanity exposing them in the worst way, as cartoon characters, billboards for imbalance and insecurity. Strength reveals itself through character. It is the difference between bouncers who get off strong-arming people and Mr. Pepperman.
Muscle mass does not always equal strength. Strength is kindness and sensitivity. Strength is understanding that your power is both physical and emotional. That it comes from the body and the mind. And the heart.
People have become separated from their bodies. They are no longer whole… I see them move from their offices to their cars and on to their suburban homes. They stress out constantly, they lose sleep, they eat badly. And they behave badly. Their egos run wild; they become motivated by that which will eventually give them a massive stroke. They need the Iron Mind.
The Iron is the best antidepressant I have ever found. There is no better way to fight weakness than with strength. Once the mind and body have been awakened to their true potential, it’s impossible to turn back.
The Iron never lies to you. You can walk outside and listen to all kinds of talk, get told that you’re a god or a total bastard. The Iron will always kick you the real deal. The Iron is the great reference point, the all-knowing perspective giver. Always there like a beacon in the pitch black. I have found the Iron to be my greatest friend. It never freaks out on me, never runs. Friends may come and go. But two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds.”
I love this and thanks so much for sharing! Henry Rollins is a wise man…. I have found listening to Eckhart Tolle and other spiritual audio books while working out has been tremendously beneficial to building presence during my workout (sounds strange, but dont try it before passing judgement). Only through this “presence” can you confront fear and perceived limitations which I believe is true masculinity… It lies outside of being identified with form.