That Thing We Call Passion
Where it's gone...and how to get it back.
Sooo….after the last few posts you’re likely expecting a new insight and a new tool. The wonderful thing about this week’s secret is that if you’ve taken on our small exercises and challenges thus far, than you already know it! Within Weightlessness doctrine (is that a thing yet?) we have a paradox encased in something I refer to as the Tao of Weightlessness. This paradox looks at our natural need and desire to both extract quality from this moment (i.e. that chocolate cake looks delicious…maybe just one bite) and to have an awesome tomorrow (I’d like that six pack…oh, and a million bucks). The problem is that while both are reasonable, they’re at cross-purposes with each other.
For me to make that million I need discipline. And with that, I must sacrifice momentary pleasures today. But I also want that quality, pleasurable moment right now, though it’s unlikely to help me establish the foundation needed for an awesome future. Occasionally we find some people who are fortunate enough to marry these two, but its rare.
If you’ve applied your concise training protocol from the post on body transformation, and your slow breathing technique for mindfulness meditation, then you’ve set your foundation for a passion-filled life. A life where you're more resilient to stress, more adaptable, and more emotionally and physically healthy. A life that is alive with novelty, and not burdened by the heaviness of egocentric judgment.
So, the secret to a passion-filled life really lies in secrets 1 and 2 combined. It lies in taking on targeted stressors that make you more resilient to stress and hardship. And it lies in non-attachment to random, meaningless stressors. You must train…forever. You must breathe…forever. Your sword and shield.
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