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Friday 01 January 2010

Posted by The Coach on December 31st, 2009

“Pain is an avenue to knowing yourself, your body, mind & spirit. It is a means to understanding one’s self in fullness and beyond any slight knowing of self we think we have. Pain is an access to another part of our being, our existence and a thorough knowing of our own selves. Pain is always good, although at the time physical, emotional or even psychological pain may be so intense and so hurtful that we cannot see past this anguish; we cannot possibly understand how this pain can be of any benefit to our growth and existence… This momentary pain is only a small part of the teaching. The key to connecting it all together; the apparent useless pain, the anguish, and all negativity attached to it, is reflection in the now and post reflection. This post reflection is vital to knowing why we have experienced what we have and why we have chosen the path of pain (for we all choose our paths, either consciously or unconsciously). The multi-leveled reflection allows the individual to believe and to understand why they have passed through particular experiences. Post reflection allows us to ask questions; these questions are crucial to growth and self development of the individual, hence various forms of pain promote self growth, awareness, wisdom and intelligence. But alone, pain itself cannot accommodate this freedom, layered reflection, critical thought and intense immersing in to one’s own feelings, actions, reactions and interpretations are what will allow the pain to be understood and the individual being to flourish…” Stefanos S. Sifandos.


3 Responses to “Friday 01 January 2010”

  1. Damon said


    Lucid reflections my friend, all the best for this year and for the experiences within it.

    5 Rds for time
    15 Power Clean 60KG
    Time 15:54

    Being my own day (and that of many others) for reflection and resolution the following within the context of training and vitality are my own for the next year:

    1. Commit to a Paleo nutrition life.

    2. Strengthen the weaknesses in my training specifically focusing on handbalancing (including handstand push ups),double unders, olympic lifting and running/sprinting.

    3. Work back to single lift max in deadlift (210kg), squat (165kg), military press (80kg) where I was prior to my knee injury.

    4. Daily yoga asana practice

    5. Post training on The Cell and be a part of the community here (even if it is a virtual presence).

  2. The Cell said

    Excellent goals my dear friend, I know you will accomplish these! My goals are lengthy and I am still ironing them out, will let you know when I do though! Had a rough start to the New Year, but throughout the process I was very positive and figured that the year ahead can only be filled with greatness! Excited about 2010!

    Miss you mate! Be safe, Train Hard!

    Speak soon!



  3. Biljana said

    I have an ongoing list of very specific goals that I want to achieve in 2010. I figure that if I train a minimum of 3 times per week, continue eating Paleo Diet and work on improving my greatest weakness -my Mental Strength & Resilience, that I will see a continued improvement of all skills throughout the year and I will achieve all of my current specific goals and then some!! 🙂

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