Brains are required to push oneself extremely hard spiritually

People often think that people can work extremely hard at something and get nowhere.  But, what is really true is that one can not push yourself really hard if one does not know what one is  doing.  My really challenging spiritual/meditative exercise techniques enable me to get a lot more out of myself without harming myself.  When one pushes oneself really hard it is so easy to injure oneself.  People who work hard, but do not get smarter at how they do it will reach a point where if they push harder they will be unable to stay on the fine line that is required to keep them safe.  Ones needs to program oneself as to the smartest/best ways to do things safely.  When it comes to the spiritual which is wholistic one must have a strong grip on reality and really be tuned into how the spiritual actually works in order to safely push oneself extremely hard.  One also has to understand the physical/biological mechanics of meditation well enough to figure out how to get oneself safely into a really intense emotional/spiritual state and be able to handle it well.  One needs to have the knowledge in the area of physical fitness and nutrition in order to do what it takes to become healthy enough to handle the stress that comes with dealing with really intense and the difficult emotional/spiritual  states that really intense meditative states can put you in.

All strength comes from the physical, since the physical is hard and resistant.  Really effective spiritual training will strengthen ones physical connection with the spiritual and ones grip on the hard reality that we exist in in this physical world.  My meditative walking technique and my dumbbell swing exercise with its intense meditative breathing is really good at connecting one with the really hard part of reality we exist in.  Spiritual character and backbone does not come easy and requires really effective training techniques and the spiritual theories that give one a reason to put up with how difficult/torturous they can be.  Often people who do intense physical exercise refer to it as torture, but they are often not motivated with the most serious spiritual purpose for doing their exercise routine.

Effective spiritual exercise has to be so extremely rough,  since the spiritual deals with our reality at its roughest/harshest and the trauma and emotions that result from it.    We have so many serious problems in this world and those who truly understand these problems and really want to make a positive difference here will readily want to program themselves with the type of spiritual theories that will enable them to connect with our reality at its roughest and deal with the type of torturous spiritual training that can give them the spiritual strength and awareness to become capable of contributing in a really meaningful way to transforming this planet into a more humane place to exist on.   A lot of good  knowledge trial and error is required to become smarter in how you train yourself spiritually so that you can push yourself extremely hard and do so safely.  When pushing the edge spiritually one has to balance on a really fine line and one really has to know what one is doing in order to do this!

Here is a link to my blog on meditative exercise techniques with link to my dumbbell swing exercise provided at end of it:


My Latest Spiritual Crisis Training Exercise Program

This video above was done a lot later(3/17/17) than this blog post and is an updated version of my intense dumbbell swing exercise which I do every day now along with also doing a daily 3/4 of a mile run with about 3 hours of rest between exercises.

WARNING:  One has be in really  great condition physically and spiritually to do these exercises!  Takes a lot of training to work up to them as to intensity, frequency, and duration.  Do them at your own risk.   Check with your medical doctor before taking on any really challenging physical exercise.  Do at your own risk.

Updated 8/20/13: On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I do this exercise routine early in the morning.   I first do a STRETCHING routine of my own design in which I stretch all my muscles especially my neck muscle which I stretch in conjunction with almost all my stretches.  This only takes a few minutes since I do them quickly and only a few times.  I try to focus on my breathing while doing them.  I then quickly warm up my muscles more by doing a few arm movements with two FIVE POUND DUMBBELLS.  Next, I do a series of weightlifting exercises using a 20 POUND DUMBBELLS trying to cover all muscles I can exercise from a standing position.  After this I stop and do some meditation(deep breathing)to prepare me for the really intense cardio two handed OVERHEAD DUMBBELL SWING exercise I do without stopping except very briefly to change dumbbell weights.  I do not squat very much when I do my modified two handed overhead dumbbell swing exercise and do bend my elbows and only lift the weight slightly over my head.  It would no be comfortable or safe for me to swing the weights way over my head with my elbows unbent.  Also, I prefer to exercise my upper body more, so not squatting as much makes the upper body have to work harder.

As of 8/20/13,  I was able to do 50 FORTY POUND overhead two handed dumbbell swings, followed by 226 TWENTY POUND two handed overhead dumbbell swings.  This takes me over 8 minutes.  I do these until I feel I can not safely do another.The last ones are extremely hard to do.  Spiritually this is the hardest exercise I have ever done and is rougher than anything I have gone through in my past.  So it really gets all my spiritual energy able to be channeled very intensely in the present.  After I finish the dumbbell swing exercise, I repeat my STRETCHING exercise and then go for a 3/4 slow MEDITATIVE WALK breathing in with one step and out with the next while concentrating on rotating my shoulders.  I believe that rotating the shoulders helps increase the heart rate and circulation more which helps to clean out lactic acid and helps the muscles to recover.

This is how my dumbbell swing exercises progressed to this point.  It took me an awful long time to get to the point I am now at with these two handed overhead dumbbell swings. I could only do 10 forty pound ones at first at the beginning of October 2012. I gradually increased how many I could do with my 3 days a week routine until I reached 92 at the end of January 2013. But, my body told me I could not continue to do so many of these 40 pound two handed overhead dumbbell swings, so I had to then change my routine. That is when I limited my 40 pound two handed overhead dumbbell swing to 50 of them and started doing the 20 pound two handed overhead dumbbell swings immediately afterwards. With a gradual increase in these 20 pound two handed overhead dumbbell swings I have now reached 226(8/20/13). Making for a combined total of 276 dumbbell swings(when including the 50 two handed overhead 40 pound ones) done nonstop which last over 8 minutes. I do focus an awful lot on doing these safely.

On Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, Very early in the morning, I do my running exercise routine.  I start this out doing a very slow MEDITATIVE RUN(breathing in with one step and out with the next two)for about 1/2 MILE.  I try to focus on doing vigorous arm movements and on rotating my shoulders while doing this exercise.  My legs tends to warm up better when I do these arm and shoulder movements which I believe increase heart rate and circulation more.  My legs often  have some aches which I can often get rid of using this technique.  I then change over to FASTER RUNNING while now breathing in with one step and out with the next.  When going up hills this technique moves me at really good pace.  But, it slows me down and makes the run more meditative(due to over breathing)on level and downhill sections.  So on these sections I added some faster intervals in which I breath in with one step and out with the next two.  I do this for about 2 MILES.  I do always try to use my arms a lot to propel my running.   I then do a slow MEDITATIVE RUN for about 1/2 MILES and end with a slow meditative walk(breathing in with one step and out with the next one) of about 1/4 miles.  I am working at increasing my sprint speed. . I started faster(non-meditative) running May 18th, 2013.  Except for the 1/2 mile meditative run warm up, I go until my body can not go any more in each phase of my exercise.  I can do a slow meditative run, when I can no longer run with any speed, and can do my meditative walk when I can go no further doing my meditative run. I can still do a very slow meditative walk when i get really tired so I can make it home. I go into a really fatigued state when I take my nap after the exercise after glow wears off which happens after I eat, and am on the internet a while.

The trick to getting in a meditative state is breathing more than the body normally would based on the state it is in. If one breaths more than is required when running, it becomes a meditative run. One can use breathing techniques to help one to over breath while running slowly. Usually putting most of ones focus and effort on breathing will put one into a meditative state. The process of really focusing on ones breathing will tend to automatically cause one to breath extra and go into a meditative state. I have developed a lot of techniques to help get the body breathing more and be able to handle the state it puts one in.  I have a wordpress post on meditative and mind-body exercises.

Spiritually you needs  to have a body that can handle the often intense stress that come with taking on really tough spiritual/emotional challenges.  The body must be really healthy for one to be able to take on a lot spiritually.  The body is a very valuable tool of the spirit and helps the spirit to perform at its best.   I have a WordPess post on my meditative/mind-body exercises that goes into my meditative techniques in more detail.    See link in first comment below.

Updated 10/04/13:  I am now doing two and one half miles of mostly meditative running with just a short period of faster running followed by a 1/2 mile meditative walk.  My dumbbell swing exercises are so intense it is hard for my body to put much intensity into running hard for long on running days.  But that is fine, since doing over 14 minutes of non-stop dumbbell swing cardio is enough to keep me really fit.  Immediately after doing 50 2-handed over head 40 lb(modified) dumbbell swings,  I am now doing 350 20 lb ones and 70 10 lb ones.

10/22/13 Every other morning I am now doing a hard 3 mile run with some speed bursts at the end followed by a brief meditative run and walk.  On days I do not run I do 50 2-handed overhead dumbbell swings(modified) followed immediately by as many similar 20 lb dumbbell swing as I can.  I now am doing 14 minutes of non-stop dumbbell swings.  So I am getting some really intense cardio daily!  I do an intense 3/4 mile meditative walk every evening.

8/15/14   Mornings 4 days a week(Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday) I am now doing a 2 mile run, starting out hard(after stretching and brief running warm up) and ending in a slow meditative run.  On mornings I do not run I do 50 2-handed overhead dumbbell swings(modified) followed immediately by as many similar 20 lb dumbbell swing as I can.  I now am doing  24 minutes of non-stop dumbbell swings.   I still do an intense 3/4 mile meditative walk every evening  This dumbbell swing exercise is extremely difficult for me to do physically and spiritually.  It gives me a very heavy dose of reality and puts me in a very difficult and intense physical/spiritual state which requires that I have spiritual beliefs that help me to be able to handle them.  My spiritual beliefs have had to improve as my meditative and dumbbell swings have become a lot rougher on me physically and spiritually.  Taking on big spiritual challenges in training or in life does really test how good ones spiritual beliefs really are and will make one aware of which spiritual beliefs need to be improved on.

12/12/14  My two exercise routines updated:

1. In my 3 day a week exercise routine centered around dumbbell swings, I am now doing 14 minutes of these 2 handed overhead modfied dumbbell swings with the intensity that makes this about as long as I can last. I do my dumbbell swings with elbows bent to a comfortable degree, since my arms are not flexible enough to go overhead unbent without injuring them. I always have to adjust what I do to make them work for me and my physical/mental uniqueness I was born with. I do my exercise program in a way that allows for great intensity physically and spiritually without injury. The 50 40 lb dumbbells swings, I do at the beginning are anaerobic so do create lactic acid and a burning sensation in my arms. But when I start doing the 20 lb dumbbell swings this pain goes away, since they are aerobic. I do some of my 20 lb dumbbell swings bring the dumbbell behind my head and then lifting it up and over my head again(with some vigor) while then squatting more deeply, but this is very tiring, so I do most of my dumbbell swings with less of a squat and just barely over my head. This exercise routine is extremely difficult(physically and spiritually) from beginning to end and has not got any easier after many months of doing it.  I still stretch before and after the dumbbell swings, do a brief warm up using 20 lb dumbbell a few times on many different muscles. I then now do a meditative run and short meditative walk totaling 1 mile in distance.

2. On the other  4 days a week this is my latest description of what I do:   I do stretching followed by a 2 mile meditative run starting out hard and ending in a slow meditative run. Most of my hard run I breath in with one step and out with the next two and focus on 9 steps at a time. When going up the hill, I breath in with one step and out with the next and focus on 8 steps at a time. When doing my meditative run and evening meditative walk, I now breath in and out with each step and really focus hard on moving my shoulders up and down which massages the neck and I believe helps bring more blood flow to the brain. I close my eyes a good portion of each of these cycles and really strain to get the most out of me.

1/14/15  I changed my dumbbell swing routine eliminating the 50 40 lb swings at the begiining and only doing as many 20 lb 2-handed overhead(modified) dumbbell swings as I can in 14 minutes nonstop.  I can not tune into my body that well when doing anaerobic exercises like the 40 lb dumbbell swing.  I hurt my back doing it as a result.  It healed quickly, but I feel it forced a necessary change.  The exercise is not any easier to do as a result of this change.  If anything it is more difficult, since I keep working at increasing how intensely I do it.

Spiritually, one has to have a body that can handle the often intense stress that come with taking on really tough spiritual/emotional challenges.  The body must be really healthy for one to be able to take on a lot spiritually.  The body is a very valuable tool of the spirit and helps the spirit to perform at its best.   I have a facebook note on my meditative/mind-body exercises that goes into my meditative techniques in more detail.

I have changed this routine and have more updated blog posts on this subject.

  • Thomas Goodwin "astrogoodwin"

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