I’ve never been drawn to practicing meditation as a means to gain any kind of clarity or focus. It never seemed like fun to me, and I’ve only tried it a few times in my life (two to be exact, and both times I was unable to direct my focus inward, instead spending the entire time fighting the urge to fall asleep and druel all over the poor soul sitting next to me).
Despite my inability to sit still and hum to myself in an effort to gain enlightenment, I do believe the concept of meditation to be helpful to almost everybody as a method of clearing the mind and redirecting focus inward. This is an especially important task in the modern world with our endless access to information, people, ideas, and videos of dogs sitting on cats. It’s important to your mental health to unplug and spend some time devoting your entire attention to one thing.
If you’re like me however, and the art of meditation eludes you, may I suggest throwing around some heavy-ass weight. At no other time in my life do I focus so intensely on one thing and one thing only. Weightlifting is a very demanding sport. The snatch and clean and jerk are extremely complex movements that require a very high level of focus. If you pull a snatch off the floor while thinking about the co-worker that can’t figure out the difference between ‘reply’ and ‘reply all’ on email, you’re going to have a hard time hitting the lift. If you try to pull a clean and your mind drifts to the fight you had with your spouse about blah, blah, blah, you’re definitely going to drop that bar.
In essence, weightlifting is my time to focus my attention on one thing, and one thing only. The bar is my path to nirvana. Come get some enlightenment through the iron at CrossFit Thumos.