So I’m currently reading a book called ‘The Mindful Athlete’
It’s a book written by some dude called George Mumford, part biography part teaching the art of mindfulness
Now before you call me a hippy and completely switch off
This chap completely turned his life around from
- complete chaos
- Drug addiction
- Contemplating suicide
To being what can only be described as an unstoppable bastard
Who was able to not only master the art of mindfulness to transform his life
But then he taught others
Prisoners, HARD ASS lifers
And Sports teams
Including the ‘Chicago Bulls’
Not forgetting the infamous MICHAEL JORDAN of course
Right at the point when they were… well SHIT
When they were STRESSED
When they were REACTIVE
When they were SELF SABOTAGING because they had lost that belief in their ability to WIN
So this dude George taught them to SLOW shit down
To Create Space between their THOUGHTS, FEELINGS and the REACTION that followed
Which was costing them at that point almost every game they played
He gave an interesting analogy about emotional hindrances
You may have heard this tale before my friend
Here’s a shortened version:
‘The Tale Of Two Wolves’
“One day a man spoke to his grandson about a battle going on between two wolves
One wolf is evil. It represents anger, envy, jealousy, arrogance, self-pity and resentment
The other wolf is good. It is joy, peace, love, and humility
The Grandson asks “which wolf will win?”
The Grandfather replies “The wolf that wins is the wolf that you feed”
So what’s the lesson?
well as George points out
We as human beings are often HARD WIRED into feeding the wrong emotional wolf without realizing it
And as a RESULT these NEGATIVE traits grow stronger and STRONGER
5 Common traits often follow:
- Sensual desires – Cravings: Food (BINGE EATING), sex alcohol maybe a combination of all 3
- Ill will or anger – Burned anything to the ground lately? Keep spitting out the dummy and self-sabotaging EVERYTHING you start?
- Spacing out OR lack of attention/ interest
- Restlessness or worry – Just another name for Anxiety
- Skepticism and doubt – Restlessness, worry and FEAR
So think of each of these traits as a wolf
The MORE we feed them, the STRONGER they become
And this can become a vicious cycle especially for people who like you who are trying to get lean
As quite often the way we RELEASE stress can be the very thing that CREATES it
Pissed with being a FAT dude and FAILING time after time to address it?
Because when YOU get STRESSED what is your go to place?
What is your DEFAULT programme?
- EMOTIONAL eating?
- SPACING OUT?
- All the above?
So would it not make sense to invest in addressing these areas
the cause of these areas
instead of looking for the next shiny object that promises RADICAL weight loss
From the latest ‘MUSHCOOKIE GURU”
Cos I can guarantee that if you don’t address this shit first
You are ALWAYS gonna fail my friend
Some food for thought right there huh?
So where’s a good place to start?
Get some headspace
Check it out on the app store
SLOW shit down
Then go HERE
and APPLY to start working with me and 5 dudes who are just like you
STUCK and in need of some direction
That’s all I got this morning droogie
Scott ‘werewolf’ Mangles