Cool Place to Park

Seven attitudinal factors constitute the major pillars of mindfulness practice: They are non-judging, patience, a beginner’s mind, trust, non-striving, acceptance, and letting go-

Day after day in my blog-o-thing reader, I read stories from passionate men and women who have been neglecting their bodies. They lead the lives of a secret double agent, as they try to hide the pain from themselves and from others close by who love them. They go through heart wrenching injuries, blog about said injuries, all the while inflicting tremendous pain on their children, friends and family. Or they try to make a desperate, tear filled, heartless effort at holding on to the shreds of a life they had before they kept re-injuring themselves.

They tell stories dutifully detailing the pain they have gone through for a quick thrill, a medal and a t-shirt or a furtive moment of being superior to their peers. Oftentimes they lament not remembering making the decisions that tore apart their knee, their back, their life: “It just happened …“.

It’s easy to judge from the outside looking in on this madness. How could someone risk everything in life, for what really?

The Workout-

Our signature Workout. The perfect fusion of body weight work, breathing control and being present in every moment.

One Minute Hand Stand Hold

One Minute High Push Up Plank

How many times through is up to you?!?


I want to spend the rest of this week talking about three, immensely powerful words: Stillness, Awareness and Comfort. It really has taken two years and 600 posts to come up with just three words. STILLNESS, AWARENESS and COMFORT…  Something to think about this evening as you take pictures of your feet, while resting an icepack on your sore knee.

CultFit Sadness

11 Comments on “Cool Place to Park”

  1. Stillness, Awareness, Comfort —Yes!

    • CultFit says:

      Laurie, Thank you. Most of what you have been reading here has been a personal journey of finding my true self. These three simple words mean so much to me, I’ll use yoga as an example: If you cannot find Stillness, Awareness and Comfort in a pose? Stop. The same applies to running, walking … Be well today and please take care. 🙂

  2. urbanbeings says:

    wise words, ones to take to heart. Wonderful image, very moving…

  3. I’ve wondered for a long time why more people don’t seek out better ways to be fit without destroying their bodies in the process – which, not for nothing, is sorta the opposite of being fit. The methods are there and the practitioners are there and actually, I do think there is growing trend in this area. Great post today, very inspirational! Do you know Bryan Kest? He seems like someone you would like. Also, I love the illustration.

    • CultFit says:

      Thank you for stopping over to have a look around! My local power yoga instructor studied under Bryan Kest for many years before returning back home to start a studio. The topic today is something I have discussed ad nauseum for the prior two years, I used to be that guy killing myself daily, for what really? Is finishing 1st in the 35+ local train run meet worth much? Is is worth so much that the day after I can’t go for a bike ride with my kids because I’m too sore from training. Maybe it’s the three major surgeries in two years, none of which I am remotely proud of, ashamed is a better word to describe how I felt at the time. My apologies for the little rant … I honestly wish more people would understand how important their bodies, their minds really are.
      Once again, thank you for stopping over! Be inspired today and please take care. 🙂

  4. Rachel Noel says:

    I’m really into the shift CultFit has taken since the new year. Why do we turn the things that give us joy into a combination of self-flagellation and self-righteousness?

    • CultFit says:

      I’m really happy that you enjoy the “about face” here at CultFit 🙂 You bring up ( I believe ) two very important questions we as a society need to address. I’ll share a quick story with you: A co-worker of mine (an older dude) recently attended his grand daughters 1st grade music show, a rather fun filled and pleasant evening. When you watch kids their actions are so pure, his grand daughter was happy to see him there she was telling all her friends and was really, really excited. To a six year old, family is everything. There are no material possessions that trump the pure joy of family, of life … Being a kid. I’m not sure why I shared this story, maybe part of it relates to your two questions?!? 🙂 Either way, be well this week and take care!

  5. Catherine J says:

    Your blog always refreshes my approach to living healthy and balanced. Thank you for continuing to share your thoughts with us all.

    • CultFit says:

      It means a lot to me that enjoy what you read here. 🙂 I’m far from perfect and I struggle in this hectic world to slow down and be present in every moment, every day. 😉 My thoughts here may not always be the most popular floating around in the blog-o-world although I believe passionately that is we take the time to nurture our bodies … Life would be pretty cool.
      Take care and be well today.

Please feel free to reply and join the conversation

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s