“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated Warriors go to war first and then seek to win.” – Sun Tzu
In September, we reflect. Reflection means many things to many people. To us, it’s about mindfulness.
“Mindfulness” is a popular (but subjective) word that’s often associated with meditation, yoga and spirituality. In experimental psychology, the word is more rigorously defined as controlled attentiveness, a deliberate “awareness of what is happening in the present moment.” In the case of the Sun Tzu quote, mindfulness is about understanding how you’ll win before you even step onto the field of battle, or into the gym!
This month we’ll explore all sides of mindfulness, because each of the definitions are a crucial benefit to health, exercise and recovery. Just like our muscles, it’s important to give our brains active work to stay strong and healthy, as well as time to rest and recover. And if we don’t have our minds right or understand the battle in front of us, we’ve already secured our own defeat.
Each week, we’ll focus on a different piece of mindfulness and reflection. We’ll touch on proper breath, meditation techniques and setting intentions to achieve “deliberate attentiveness.” We’ll even share some thoughts and lessons from the members of our amazing family of GRIT LIFERS.
Here’s what you can look forward to over the next four weeks:
Week of Sept. 4 – The importance of staying mindful during exercise
Week of Sept. 11 – The Box Breath
Week of Sept. 18 – Meditation and our brains
Week of Sept. 25 – Mindfulness and our members
We hope you’ll stick with us, participate in the comments and conversations on Facebook. As the seasons begin to change, it’s the perfect time to reflect, adjust our goals, set intentions and get ready to crush our goals. Interested in being part of our member stories this month? Drop us a comment below or send us a message on Facebook.