Mind Over Body Is Overrated

The phrase is often associated with self discipline but in a negative way: the mind has control of the body and can overpower one’s body to accomplish things.  It may work for a little while, but in the long run that is not sustainable.

Commercial market takes advantage of this false belief and profits from selling us the promised gizmos.  They say, “you can do it with help from our products.”  In reality, self discipline works if the motivation comes from within oneself.  No real change will happen if the person does not want to change.

Stephen R. Covey, author of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People phrased this way, “It is easy to say ‘NO’ when there is a deeper ‘YES’ burning within.” That deeper YES represents one’s values, beliefs, and true calling.  Which comes from the alignment of the mind and body.  Not external drivers.

Most of the time, our body knows, but we just fail to listen.  We make excuse, overrule our body, and ultimately cause bad things to happen.  I know this first hand from running marathons.  If and when my body is not ready, it signals me with pains of some sorts.  If I persist injury results.

So instead of mind over body, how about treating our mind and body as equal partners?  And like all good partners, the mind should listen to the body to find that deeper YES.

What are your deeper YES’s?

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2 Responses to Mind Over Body Is Overrated

  1. Ben Rosen says:

    I have no experience with running marathons, so you without a doubt know better than me, but in my little experience with running up to 10k’s, I’ve always felt like there’s a wall I’ve hit about halfway through at the 5th mile where I start to think I really won’t be able to finish. After dealing with that feeling for a mile or two, I seem to go into “survival mode” where I stop worrying if I’ll be able to do it because I just trying to survive. In hindsight, it seems like my mind isn’t used to the type of pain I endure after 5 miles and then it realizes my body can handle it and it keeps going. Would you consider that to be a form of mind over body? Just wondering.

    Either way, I’m sure you could run a 10k blindfolded after drinking beers for breakfast, so maybe it’s more applicable to your marathon running?


    • terryshen says:

      Just the opposite, Ben. Sounded like you mind is following your body which knew it can handle the distance even though your mind doubted if you can finish it. I believe the mind can be conditioned just like the body through training. Many practices meditation but I think reading a book is just as good. So no matter it’s a 5K, 10K or marathon, the mind-body relationship is always applicable especially you want full engagement. Thanks for your comment.

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