What if the rest of my life was…

Japji, Sodarshan, and cardio?

This is a question I thought out loud to my friend and business partner who just got so much entertainment value out of it.

I asked the question more to myself because I use mental tricks that I know work for me. I was working on getting back into cardio, which I believed I hated.

This practice entailed mantra meditation, pranayam, and we all know what cardio is.

Setting my mind for the longer-term works better for me than saying, okay, I’ll do it for 2 weeks, or a month, and see what happens.

I found it easier in many ways to take care of my own children since birth (they are now 22 and 17) than to babysit a child for several hours. When it gets challenging, there is a tendency to look at the clock to see how much longer. Knowing the work is longer term where you may not see the end in sight…. well that takes a different kind of acceptance and strategy that has me looking at, and approaching it, differently. I come to better terms with it much faster than when having a laborious two week window of, “… just x more days…” and then renegotiating at the end of it.

The Waldorf school teachers work with their class from the first through the sixth grade. When they get a student that they potentially “dislike,” they don’t just tolerate them for a year. They need to figure out how to work with, and relate to, them.

This said, the longer term commitment mentality is not meant to be a forever tether, and I know this strategy doesn’t work for everyone, perhaps especially for the commitment-phobic (which I was, historically), but it may be worth a try if you haven’t approached it this way before.

Anyway, I enjoy cardio now.

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