Many people complain that the hardest part of living with a disease like AIDS or cancer is the feeling that they have lost control over their bodies, but once you gain more control over you mind, you begin to see that the control you thought you had over you body was illusory in the first place. The body has never entered into an agreement with you that it would do as you liked. You simply moved in, forced it to eat, walk, talk, etc., and then thought you were in charge. But even then it kept on doing as it liked — getting hungry, urinating, defecating, passing wind, falling down, getting injured, getting sick, growing old. When you reflect on the people who think they have the most control over their bodies, like bodybuilders, they're really the most enslaved, having to eat enough each day to keep ten Somalians alive, having to push and pull on metal bars for hours, expending all their energy on exercises that don't go anywhere at all. If they don't, their pumped-up bodies will deflate in no time flat.
daviddanska wrote:[...] is the gym not just a way to boost ones ego and become attached to the body? This is a big dilemma for me
daviddanska wrote:As I have progressed in my studies I have begun more and more to understand all the distractions and ego that is at the modern day gym. In reaction to this understanding I stopped going to the gym, but now I have started to gain weight and my diet is worsening as well. Should I go back to the gym? If so is the gym not just a way to boost ones ego and become attached to the body? This is a big dilemma for me.
Nicolas wrote:Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu: Ask A Monk: Physical Exercise
VinceField wrote:Nicolas wrote:Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu: Ask A Monk: Physical Exercise
It seems to me like this guy almost completely writes off physical exercise of any kind. I would imagine that in another decade or so he may change his opinion as he witnesses his own physical condition begin to deteriorate. There is a pretty convincing body of evidence that indicates lack of physical exercise causes many health problems, and his solution of eating less and meditating probably won't help prevent muscle atrophy and the long list of diseases that result from lack of proper nutrition.
He seems to take an overly extreme position which appears to exclude using skillful means for cultivating more wholesome states of body and mind.
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