BASIC TRAINING

“Discipline is freedom!” – BuddhaBarry

 

When I was in the Army I had to go through a vigorous program called BASIC TRAINING designed to save my life if I ever had to go into battle. It was mandatory. I had no choice. And it was a blessing in disguise. I developed an exercise program that I have been doing ever since which has keep me in shape for my whole life. (And helped me to keep up with my three kids!) And the blessing in disguise is that when you are forced into doing a discipline – it works! And you develop the NECESSARY STRENGTH you need to do this work on this path. Joe Pearce has a great phrase – MUSCULAR MINDEDNESS. I call it the INNER PUSHUPS. We get that have to go to the gym to exercise our muscles but we don’t get that we need to discipline and exercise our minds. And I say that this is our only problem, our only obstacle on the path. There is nothing wrong with you and there is nothing wrong with the path you are on. It’s just a matter of having enough strength, stamina and endurance to do the work. When you force yourself to actually sit down, sit still and do nothing, at first is seems absolutely impossible. But in making the effort it’s like an inner pushup and you begin to develop your inner muscles, and after awhile you find that it becomes easier and easier. After I had been doing this discipline for some time, I actually couldn’t wait to sit. This is what the first three months is all about. This is BASIC TRAINING – developing the necessary strength you need to succeed in battle. And you must realize that this is actually a matter of life and death – yours! And you must win! That’s why I love to say that PERSONAL BEST IS MANDATORY!  In THE WAY OF THE PEACEFUL WARRIOR (Millman) & SHAMBHALA: THE SACRED PATH OF THE WARRIOR (Trungpa) they understand that this is an inner war that is raging in your mind and controlling your life and you must be able to stop it to save your life and return yourself to the peace, love, clarity and happiness you deserve…

Welcome to the path…

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