The body is called a temple? It's said sometimes, but it's not correct for everyone.
For whatever reason, children with highly developed analytical and intellectual skills in the West usually don't gravitate towards more physical, strenuous, and intense activities. There's exceptions -- plenty -- but generally speaking, people who have extreme analytical mental ability tend to neglect their physical ability.
But then the body, a supposed temple, becomes a prison for the mind, dragging its possessor down into low energy, poor moods, and various aches and ailments and pains.
No, the body isn't a temple. The real temple is a place you like to engage in activities to be active and move and have your blood move and activate your muscles and get into motion.
And to succeed at that, especially if you're very analytical, you need to get your mind involved. Whether that be a competitive sport, or a set of exercises that you work towards constant form, or whether it's a game of increasing strength of flexibility or performance... regardless of the particular details, engaging the mind and body together becomes crucial for keeping your mind free and alive.
Perhaps then, gyms with free weights are temples built in iron, places you can go to worship and get into harmony. Is there anything so easy, and yet so challenging, as putting a little bit more weight onto the bar as sessions go by, refining and perfecting technique, and watching the marvelous feedback loop between mind and body?
The body isn't a temple. It's a worshipper. The temple is the field of play, the park, the river, the ocean, or -- my favorite -- the temple built of iron, where deadlifting plays god.
Looking at the gym as a temple is a novel philosophy. Have you ever taken up Yoga? If the temple is the gym, then Yoga would be the Puja on the ghats of the Ganges river.
That was an interesting use of the phrase of 'The body is a temple'. If i am not mistaken, that phrase was talking about taking care of the body as a form of praising God. (The God of the Bible.)
'The body isn't a temple. It's a worshipper' -- isn't saying the body is a temple saying it IS a worshipper?
I do agree with the idea behind it though... Take care of your body instead of focusing wholly on your mind and they will both benefit.
>"engaging the mind and body together becomes crucial for keeping your mind free and alive."
Yes, totally. I'd say something not well-known that helps in that connection is practicing ballroom dance. I started last year and am enjoying the hell out of it. Totally recommended, especially for those with a super-analytical mind (like mine); it helps to keep the sanity (and to socialize more too).
INTERNAL SCORECARD #11 -- HIGH PRODUCTION, SHAKY HABITS
A little over three months ago, it occurred to me to write up some notes on what actions and production are happening on my end -- this could help readers see the real nitty-gritty of triumphs and setbacks as I put initiatives into place in organization-building, productivity, habits, results. You could also see get various recommendations on technology and processes. And it's quite good for me to stay accountable.
The experiment seems to have been a success and people really love these and look forward to them.
This is the eleventh Internal Scorecard I've published. For reasons that will become quite apparent in a moment, this is a scorecard that covers double the normal length, the two-week span from 28 July to 10 August.
RINGING THE CASH REGISTER
Do you find yourself constantly taking inventory of your life, your mood, your health? “Am I happy?” “I don't feel well!” , “I m tired.” Or the insidious “Why did he look at me that way” “ no one likes me”
As soon as we start thinking these kind of thoughts our mood drops and we tend to isolate our self and it becomes a part of our story. And it repeats itself until we believe it.
Have you ever noticed that as soon as you start analyzing or rating your performance while in a social situation your freeness, spontaneity and creativity disappear? That’s because your brain switches into a different mode of thinking, what I call computer thinking.
Computer thinking is an analytical narrow style of thinking that processes data. It has a proper place in our mental toolbox. But it should be used only when it’s skills are specifically needed.
If you spend time analyzing why “no one likes me,” your analytical mind will produce a lot of answers and probably most of them will reinforce the fear that “no one likes me.” It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.