For in everything that we do the body is useful; and in all uses of the body it is of great importance to be in as high a state of physical fitness as possible.
A holistic view of fitness would have to include not only the muscles and heart and bones like most training protocols do, but also the brain.
We have to view the body as a synergistic system, and that includes the brain. Everything that our muscles do is tied up with our minds and nervous system.
So if you really want to be the best version of yourself physically, then you need to train your mind. Luckily for us there is no better time in history to train our whole bodies. Books are everywhere, paper and online. Articles abound online, thousands of videos and audio format information exist.
Push your brain out of its comfort zone, the same as you would do for your muscles. This will not only make you a more intelligent human, but it will help you to master your emotions, one of the greatest boons of humanity and also our greatest enemy. Uncontrolled emotions are one of the main reasons we do dumb shit over and over again, and should be trained like any skill, as young as possible.
Once all that’s done, get your ass off the couch and get outside, get some fresh air, walk a lot, run sometimes, lift some heavy stuff and have some fun.
I am wonder struck
To feel the hand of Luck in a universe of misfortune
To be born in a time and space
free of war and and pain
subject only to the hurt that I bring upon myself
through misdeed and foolish choice
I am wonder struck
filled to the brim with liquid gold
The tree of eternity
strumming fates chords
holds me cradled within the shelter
of flower bloomed arms
gazing out through leaf shaped eyes
that have seen the infinite
I am nothing but wonder struck
to be witness to lifes glory
nothing but a witness
in this time and space
brought to my knees
at the beauty of it all
“I have lived a thousand lives and I’ve loved a thousand loves. I’ve walked on distant worlds and seen the end of time. Because I read.”
-George R.R. Martin
Books are portals through which imagination can soar through uncharted skies, skies the likes of which we who live on this floating ball called Earth can never inhabit in the flesh, but can dig our hands into through the mind of another.
One of Humanities greatest gifts to itself was the written word. We can never truly grasp how much of an effect it has had on our society, the ability to pass on information from one generation to the next, expanding our minds through the years.
When it comes to fiction, which holds a special place in my heart, I cannot even imagine what my life would be like if I had not grown up with the stories I was blessed to read.
Who would I be without Robert Jordan, J.K. Rowling, Brandon Sanderson, Philip Pullman and the host of other amazing authors who blessed my mind with their many worlds.
A lesser person, with much less capacity to envision other lives, other perspectives.
My ability to connect with others is so strong because I have connected with thousands of people through their stories, real and imagined.
We need more stories in this world, more inspiration, more beauty and art and wonder.
To those out there doing their best to create, keep on giving, the world needs you.
I am surrounded by empty spaces
Deep pockets of time
Void of memory and warmth
There is an aching want
This need to be filled
To be Full
Full of hope and light and goodness
Yet all I see are empty spaces
Waiting for fulfillment
Crack open this shell and you will see
A light trapped within an ocean of darkness
Candle flame courage drives me forward
Walking through blackened halls of ghost mansions
Fear is a giant waiting to be laid out at the feet of sling held hands
Raging out against the iron chain Tyranny of Mediocrity
This skin feels foreign
A tight web binding Soul and Blood
An endless struggle
One seeking boundless Freedom
The other the hum of growth and decay
Ashes and blood seeped dirt cover these grounds
Scattered swords and spears litter the Earth
Each a memory of battles won and lost
Forgotten here in this place
Age upon Age
Cycle upon cycle
From Blood to Ashes