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The Eightfold Path of Buddhism Applied to the Barbell

The Eightfold Path of Buddhism Applied to the Barbell

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The Eightfold Path in Buddhism is a course of behaviors that can help alleviate the cycle of suffering — which we experience as frustration, pain, and unhappiness. The Eightfold Path was the final piece of the puzzle in the Buddha’s discussions about the reality of our discomfort and how to alleviate it.

To apply these eight behaviors to our strength training, we must be able to look at ourselves with love and compassion to see where we are caught up in ego-driven tendencies.…

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How to Achieve Goals Without Hating Yourself

Polish the Mirror: How to Achieve Goals Without Hating Yourself

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In my psychotherapy practice, I am prone to borrowing a phrase I initially learned from Eastern philosophy: simple, but not easy. When it comes to human suffering, we often have ideas regarding the alleviation of that suffering that seem to be pretty simple. Ideas like boundaries, assertiveness, self-care, self-compassion, or forgiveness. But when it comes to execution, these strategies all fit into the category of simple, but not easy.…

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The 1st Noble Truth of the Barbell: Life Is Suffering

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It is not uncommon for people in the world of strength, fitness, and health to refer to their time with the barbell as “therapy,” “church,” or even their “safe place.” Despite the commonality of that phraseology, many of us have not taken the time to pause and examine how our time under tension in the weight room might truly fit into our spiritual experience.…

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