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We may not be conscious of it, but exercise is more often seen as self-torture than pleasure. We need to “whip our bodies in shape” because “no pain, no gain” right? There are even yoga classes stripped of its emphasis on soul and well-being. What’s left is another exercise striving to perfect Madonna’s buff arms and six-pack abs.

In Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life, author Thomas Moore says, “Exercise could be more soulfully performed by emphasizing fantasy and imagination. Usually we are told how much time to spend at a certain exercise, what heart rate to aim for, and which muscle to focus on for toning.” Doing so, he says, deprives us of exercising our other senses. “We might listen to the music of wind in the trees, church bells, distant locomotives, crickets and nature’s teeming musical silence. We could train our eyes to look with compassion and appreciation…Body exercise is incomplete if it focuses exclusively on muscle and is motivated by the ideal of a physique unspoiled by fat.”

We’re in the thick of summer. As we shed our heavy clothes and don our tank tops and swimsuits, there is added pressure to be thin. We exercise to be muscular, fit and tone. We workout not for pleasure, but to mold our bodies into the shape we think we’re supposed to be. In the age of unrealistic expectations of our bodies, however, Moore’s definition of exercise is refreshing.

You don’t have to give up your dream of being fit. But next time you hit the gym, go for a swim or do yoga, be open to the possibility of what exercise can do not just for your physical body, but for your mind and soul.

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Can Narcissists Learn Empathy?
(NLP Discoveries) – Know a narcissist? A new study reveals fascinating finds that will change the way we think about these characteristically self-centered individuals. Our blogger shares the results with information on how you can help a narcissist empathize with you.

The Real Price of Psychiatric Medications
(Mental Health Humor) – Chato pokes fun at something many of us have to do. A humorous look at cutting pills in the perspective of the medication.

6 Big Things To Remember About The First Year After Your Divorce/Separation
(Psychology of Women) – Going through a divorce is difficult even after you’ve signed the papers. There are several things you can do to prepare you and your kids for a new way of living post-breakup.

How Living Alone Will Transform Men
(Single at Heart) – The single life isn’t a horrible life. To the contrary, it can be liberating for women who don’t have the obligations that comes with traditional roles and expectations. But it’s not just women. As you’ll read here, young men are found to flourish in the single life.

Chris Pine Has a Secret
(Reaching Life Goals) – Actor Chris Pine has shot to superstardom. This blogger thinks he knows why. Read the five things he’s learned from Pine and how it can help you be successful in your own life.

 


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    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 24 Jul 2014
    Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.

APA Reference
Uyemura, B. (2014). Best of Our Blogs: July 25, 2014. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 19, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2014/07/25/best-of-our-blogs-july-25-2014/

 

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