10/05/2016

PART 2: SEEING THINGS AS THEY ARE - Davide Alfonsi

The art of knowing to take rational decisions based on how things really are is called mindfulness. As I mentioned in my last blog post, practicing mindfulness really helped me along my career to get rid of addictions, self destructive thought and toxic friendships. I would like to introduce you to this whole new world by telling you a little story in rhymes.

The cookie thief
A woman was waiting at an airport one night. With several long hours before her flight
She hunted for a book in the airport shop. Bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop
She was engrossed in her book but happened to see. That the man beside her as bold as could be
Grabbed a cookie or two from the bag between. Which she tried to ignore to avoid a scene
She munched cookies and watched the clock. As this gutsy cookie thief diminished her stock
She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by. Thinking "If I wasn't so nice I'd blacken his eye"
With each cookie she took he took one too. And when only one was left she wondered what he'd do
With a smile on his face and a nervous laugh. He took the last cookie and broke it in half
He offered her half as he ate the other. She snatched it from him and thought "Oh brother
This guy has some nerve and he's also rude. Why he didn't even show any gratitude"
She had never known when she had been so galled. And sighed with relief when her flight was called
She gathered her belongings and headed for the gate. Refusing to look back at the thieving ingrate
She boarded the plane and sank in her seat. Then sought her book which was almost complete
As she reached in her baggage she gasped with surprise. There was her bag of cookies in front of her eyes
"If mine are here" she moaned with despair. "Then the others were his and he tried to share"
"Too late to apologize she realized with grief". That she was the rude one, the ingrate, the thief.  

As the lady in this story, we are often not paying enough attention to what is happening around us. When our mind wanders  is easy to fall prey of misconception and take decisions based on fiction rather than reality. We often tell ourselves stories to justify our behaviors and we hold back when we need to face a scary challenge. Mindfulness is the art of seeing things as they are first. Clear our mind and make rational decisions. Is also the art of knowing ourselves and train our brain.

As any art, it has to be mastered through repetition, attention and consistency. There are thousands of benefits you will gain by paying attention to your thoughts and man...I could write an entire book about my personal experience. 

How does this relate to fitness? 
Trust me, I know how hard can be to change our old bad habits and get into the appropriate routine to reach our fitness goals. What people often do not realize is that most of the decisions we take daily are made in auto pilot. Habits are deeply written into our subconscious mind and we might end up repeating actions like binging, procrastination or time wasting without even realizing so. I have found in my personal experience as well as while training clients, that cultivating awareness combined with consistency is the key to reach any fitness goal. 

In the weeks to come I want to leave you with the most simple and effective tools to start learning about your mind and apply straight away in your daily life. I will first tackle the three main aspects of mindset that most relate to fitness. I want to leave you with three practical tools that you can start using right now to make your journey into fitness easier, more fun and more rewarding. I’m talking about motivation, self image and emotional appetite.

If you’re intrigued, follow this weekly series and if you have any question do not hesitate to contact me through my website www.ki-force.com


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