The art of expressing yourself is one humans have long dwindled on. Is it a meaningless waste of time or does it bring something valuable into the lives of the people that practice it? Most of us wish we could be artistic or musical but often feel we can't. Our urges behind this are that we want to be able to express ourselves in a creative way (or to impress people:)). We want to make life less mundane and and connect to a spiritual world.
I have a different belief and it comes from the word aestheticize: which means to represent something as beautiful. We can learn to make everything in life beautiful to us and this is a form of expression. For example, think about the simple act of breathing and how beautiful it can be when looked at in the proper light. Look at your body as an instrument for projecting your spiritual self into this magnificent world. In terms of training, regardless of what discipline it is, look at your body movements as a form of expression. When you run think about the art you are performing not about how fast you hope to run in the big race six months from now. It's this magical moment that makes training such a rewarding discipline.
Using yourself as a means of expression will connect you to the present movement. Pain becomes a form of expressing your fears, desires, and wishes and becomes something that is magnificently beautiful. You run on the edge of collapsing and giving up, but just like a great painting there is a hidden meaning behind the provocative work. What is this hidden meaning behind pushing yourself so hard? Humans express themselves because it allows them a portal into their inner soul, and a way to create beauty out of the horrors of the world. Athletes are fortunate enough that the canvas is our body...
My blog is a collection of topics including training, nutrition, sponsorships, and becoming the best man I can be. In addition, I write about my spiritual realizations that are intrinsic to the sport of triathlon.