Saturday, January 22, 2011

Exercise and the Obstreperous Mind

We all know the benefits of exercise. It makes us Breathe. The oxygen enters the bloodstream while the heart pumps it through the body to the muscles, ligaments and tendons that are being used. It helps keep the body healthy and alive. The question is, why does exercise become such a burden at times in our lives?

Everyone has felt a lack of motivation for exercise at some point in their lives. Many feel it regularly. As with most of the major challenges we face, the main culprit can probably be found inside ourselves. In this case, the biggest hurdle to effective exercise is an obstreperous mind. Obstreperous means unruly. An obstreperous mind is one that doesn’t submit to discipline or control. It is an immature monkey in the library of our being.

The obstreperous mind feeds on the distractions and stimulations of the hectic outside world. When this happens we lose sight of what is really important. We start to think and consider all the various options, possibilities and permutations. We begin to get stressed. Stress scatters our attention and gets us worrying about irrelevant things. We start to run out of time for anything. It can quickly get out of hand if the body is in a weakened state. Even if we realize we are stressed, we have difficulty doing something other than try to laugh it off.

I’m soooo stressed out, haha!

Without focus and control, the monkey is in charge.

However, if we are able to breathe a little and move the body a bit, we can start to get the obstreperous mind under control. Exercise doesn’t have to be vigorous. All we need are some simple breath and movement exercises to get stared. It is an upward spiral as the more we breathe and move, the stronger our bodies get. The energy we generate begins to flow through us, breaking up stagnation and revitalizing us. This affects the mind in a positive way. Exercise focuses the obstreperous mind and disciplines the monkey.

Daily life in the modern world can be extremely distracting and often make it quite challenging to remain centered. Life can get difficult and confusing. In order to navigate the challenges one needs a healthy body and an unobstreperous mind.

Wishing you much peace...

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William Hunter Duncan said...


Impressive blog, impressive life. I am here after reading your response to John Michael Greer. One of my disciplines is dance, into which I have incorporated wooden swords that have taught me how to wield them, and also a pair of deer horns. Blessings to you on your journey, and I'll continue to check in.

William Hunter Duncan

Wandering Sage said...

Thanks for stoping by. Sword dancing is one of my great passions.
Wishing you much peace,

Deb Chitwood said...

Great blog! I'm enjoying your photos and blog posts! It's so true that a bit of exercise helps calm the mind. I've been a vegetarian for 37 years now and practiced meditation for that long as well. Exercise makes it all even better.

I'm glad I found you through the Fit Body Full Life Community at Blog Frog. Deb @ and

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