The Dilemma of Most World-Class Games
Far too often we see the best players in many of games/ sports foregoing an important aspect, which is the balance of their health and fitness, in order to win the game. All you have to do is turn on the television or get on the Internet and watch the habits of these athletes closely to observe how they achieved their short-term wins at the cost of their balance.
Somewhere in their conversation, you will hear the neglect of healthy nutrition, the lack of long-distance cardio, the avoidance of strength training, or the minimization and elimination of stretching. I am not even going to talk about their relationship to the whole thing because that is another book in and of itself.
Here are some of the conversations that I have read or overheard since my awakening.
“I eat eight thousand to nine thousand calories a day in order to sustain the amount of calories I burn.”
Fact: All centenarians agreed that minimal eating is the secret to longevity.
“I order pizzas and consume chocolate chip cookies while I am running straight through the night so that I get enough calories in me to sustain the long distance.”
Fact: Eating is a process of the parasympathetic system which is part of the digestive system. Running is a function of the sympathetic system which is for action. Both of them cannot be on at the same time. Therefore digestion is inhibited and forced.
“I must avoid doing much strength training on my upper body because it will create an unnecessary weight that will cost me time on my two thousand-mile ride.”
Fact: Every part of your body is connected; therefore, by neglecting your upper body, you create an imbalance of strength, which affects the whole. Riding for hundreds of hours will block energy flow in your root chakra. All disease starts with a blockage of energy, i.e., cancer.
“I am on a strict cardio diet due to the fact that it can consume the muscle that I have worked so hard to obtain.”
Fact: The benefits of cardio far surpass the simple explanation of conditioning your body. The emotional and spiritual effects of a sustained, yet relaxed, state of heart elevations are the true nuggets. Plus, every pound of muscle that you put on is equivalent to lifting one ton of weight over the course of a marathon. Yes! Your heart has to work that much harder. All muscle is not healthy muscle.
“I need to squat 500 lbs and bench press 400 lbs while weighing 350 to 400 lbs so that I can protect my quarterback. Long-distance running kills my speed for the game, so I can not do that.”
Fact: You might be able to block the defensive end that is coming for the quarterback but you are also creating the environment that blocks your blood from getting to the most important quarterback in your body – your heart.
“I need to be able to take over 10,000 hits to my head and my body so that I can be calm enough to focus and get the job done as my opponent tries to knock me out.
Fact: Neither the brain nor the body were designed to take thousands of blows without creating physical and emotional trauma to them. Repeated blows to the brain will minimize your longevity.
“I need to have a mild dosage of being choked, twisted, smacked, punched, and kicked so that I am properly prepared to win my fight.”
Fact: Love heals and fighting destroys.
Extreme Fitness Competitor
“I’m so excited because I went so hard in a short amount of time that I threw up, passed out, and wore the skin off of my hands. When my rotator cuff heals and I realign my back and hips, I can get over my current depression, and get back to competing, because there is something rewarding about beating my body up into pure submission.”
Perspective: When your week-to-week workouts are driven by beating your times and achieving external victories, the ego is leading your body with fear. When your week-to-week workouts are inspired by being present, connecting to your body, and healing internally, your spirit is leading your body with love.
The Consequences of Playing the YDBG
I completely understand why these choices can seem minor during your best playing years of life, but I don’t think that most of us understand how these choices will become major once these game has ended. As much as I emphasize the physical impact of these games on the athletes’ bodies, the bigger impact happens from the beliefs that are formed during the process. Just because a belief works to help you win a game, does not mean it will work for winning at experiencing life, unless the game is about life.
It is virtually impossible to be balanced from the games we play unless the game is about balance.
This is what makes the YDBG unique.
It is built upon principles and designed around the fundamentals of effective living. Which is the opposite of denial. Therefore, the beliefs necessary to become effective at this game are the same beliefs that will propel you powerfully and successfully through the experience of living life.
Power vs. Force
In Power vs. Force, David R. Hawkins talks about surviving success. He goes on to talk about the difference between success with a small ‘s’ and success with a big ‘S’. He describes how numerous celebrities, from all walks and professions, fall victim to the egocentric draw of the fame, flattery, and narcissism that comes with the tabloid success only to experience a spiritual collapse. Ultimately eroding the person’s health and relationships.
I believe the problem is two-fold. The first cause of this result comes from the consciousness of the game you are playing. Is the game principally based on win/win constructs or is it rooted in the ego of win/lose? The second cause of this collapse comes from the paradigm of the individual experiencing the game. Is your paradigm (lens) on life scripted in win/win or lose/win?
The YDBG is scripted in a win/win paradigm. Although many players will attempt to compete against others mentally, there is no one to compete against in this game. Some will choose to compete against themselves, and even that is not necessary. Everybody wins when you win and the game never ends. This is truly a win/win game. However, there is still an even greater win/win.
It is the win between improving your relationship to the game and achieving the results from the game. I cannot emphasize this enough when I say that in order to win this game you must focus on the quality of relationships that you build with yourself, others, and life and surrender to this observation: your health and fitness are merely the byproducts of creating healthier relationships.