It’s gym day.
I show up – looking fine in my butt-lifting leggings and arm endorsing tank. My pump-up playlist is prepped, and my water bottle is filled. I know why I’m here, and I’m ready to rock. With just a short bit of time allocated for exercise – this workout needs to be effective.
In the next 45 mins I must:
Break a sweat
But then after only 4 mins and 41 seconds on the treadmill, my mind takes off. It starts to strategize on how to handle the next day’s school drop-off which coincides with my morning meeting. My body is left alone at the gym. I’m now just going through the motions.
The workout concludes. I released energy. I broke a sweat. I’m feeling better than when I began.
But something was definitely missing.
If only I was able to put off the morning drop-off worries til later, I’d have given my mind the opportunity to engage with the workout. Then I’d be going with the motions– adding purpose to my movements.
So at 16 mins and 32 seconds – rather than plotting on how to get the kids to school – my mind is called back to my body which enables me to find my stride. When Locked Out Of Heaven pops up on shuffle, I know it’s on.
I’m no longer just exerting energy –I’m in expression mode.
My movements are brought to life from the inside.
I’m in the zone of mind, body and soul connection.
Signs that I’ve arrived–
Sometimes I’ll get chills.
My surroundings drop out. I’m no longer aware of the treadmill timer ticking down.
It’s just me and my workout (and that awesome playlist!)
As my mind goes clear. My body opens to receive. My soul, now running the show, lifts me way beyond the gym!
Honestly, I feel free.
And when I’m connected like this — it’s all that really matters.
After the cool down I sit with myself to absorb the after-effects of my body, mind and soul workout.
And then I know exactly what I need to do.
How do you workout your body, mind and soul?