Overcoming Resistance with Physical Exercise

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This morning, I was looking forward to my magick training. I’d had another relationship end last Tuesday, and I hadn’t done much new magick in that week. I was excited to be back to normal.

But I just wasn’t quite there. Each time I opened my notes, I stared at them for a minute, then put them down. I couldn’t focus, couldn’t find the right mental posture. It just wasn’t working.

I tried introspection, thinking about what I wanted, seeing if I really believed in my plan. And I did: It’s a good plan, this is what I need to learn next, it’s a skill I care about knowing. Introspection didn’t help.

I gave in for the morning, watched a movie and played some games. That didn’t help either. Not that I was terribly surprised.

Then I remembered my post about physical exercise getting me out of a depression. I had made good on my resolution to exercise more, first doing curls with a coffee table to make sure I would actually exercise, then buying some adjustable dumbbells. I’d used them until the breakup, then had let them rest for that week.

I did a set. It was fast — I’d lost some strength from resting. But I worked until my arms couldn’t move the weight. Then I went back to my keyboard, rested for another 10 minutes. Then I did the magick training. And everything just worked.

Physical exercise fixed my resistance today. Have you had a similar experience?

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2 Responses to “Overcoming Resistance with Physical Exercise”

  1. John W. A. says:

    Yes. By leaving your comfort zone, and by doing more physical activity, I’ve found that me and other mages I’ve met have been able to become more successful in magick and other areas of life. Apparently, there’s something to it that just seems to help.

    It seems magick is like matter; an object in motion tends to stay in motion, and an object at rest tends to stay at rest. Seems it applies to people and mages as well as objects. :)

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