“The mind can go either direction under stress—toward positive or toward negative: on or off. Think of it as a spectrum whose extremes are unconsciousness at the negative end and hyperconsciousness at the positive end. The way the mind will lean under stress is strongly influenced by training.”
― Frank Herbert, Dune
One can live their life in such a way that imprisons or liberates..a body and mind that is clear and free and able to flow with the challenges or one that is burdened in a slump of painful lethargy, dysfunctional patterns, and indolence. It is a matter of conditioning. We are not free to choose all the casual effects in our lives, particularly as children, yet as we come of age the responsibility and opportunities become ours… to even choose, to some degree, our own conditioning. It is not about finding oneself but a dynamic forging of oneself like a mountain stream. Static becomes stagnant. No matter our station or age in life in a single breath we can change and or empower our trajectory. Cultivation via discipline and training is a beautiful phenomena. Seek out your own edification with diligence, gather those of like mind and intent around you. Jettison the extraneous and superfluous. Get free now.
The irony I’ve learned over the years: the tighter the discipline, the higher I fly. To free my life to the adventurous high-performance lifestyle I dreamed, I had to restrict useless, senseless behaviors and habits. Lifestyle freedom comes not from reckless inanity, but by calculated risks finely crafted through breachless barricades of discipline. ~ Scott Sonnon