If poison ivy leaves can be rubbed onto the skin of a person known to have a reaction to poison ivy and that person can have no reaction when convinced that the leaves are not poison ivy, then suffering is a choice.
If nonharmful leaves can be rubbed onto the skin of a person known to have a reaction to poison ivy and that person can have a full blown poison ivy reaction because they are convinced that the leaves were from a poison ivy plant, then suffering is not only a choice, but real harm doesn’t need to be inflicted onto a person, as perceived harm is sufficient for suffering to exist.
We have been brainwashed that life is hard, suffering is guaranteed with the only option being the form of suffering you will experience in your life. As a result, we engage in sport with the same mindset that we engage all of life… its supposed to be hard, painful, filled with agony and suffering and in fact the more torture and the more torturous the effort the better because we have tied results to be correlated to the amount you are willing to hurt yourself, to the amount you are willing to hurt. We have been brainwashed that suffering is normal and now we brainwash our children that to succeed in anything in life they must suffer too; again leaving the only variable in life to be the form of torture you/they will experience and endure.
Meanwhile it has been scientifically shown that suffering is a choice.
But being bent on suffering, we pursue stress, we add stress to our lives whenever the option arises and then we boast at how busy and stressed we are, how exhausted we are, how deprived of energy we are. We entangle ourselves in a web of complexity having been brainwashed that suffering is mandatory, suffering the stresses we pick for ourselves [believing its better to pick the stresses/stressors in life rather than having them fall randomly and uncontrollably into our lives].
Meanwhile its been scientifically shown that we perform at our highest potential – our brain & body unite to perform at our greatest – when we are relaxed, in a state of calm, of joy, of peace.
Yet who pursues any of these?
Instead we believe that the only relief from suffering arises while on vacation, when we hopefully can fall into a moment of blissful nothingness. If not on vacation, then we rely on a nightly bottle of wine or scotch or a joint to numb us into a passing moment of blissful nothingness. Yet we always awaken back to the stress of being alive, and the suffering that comes along with it.
If this is how you want to live and pursue sport, so be it. Knock yourself out in your pain cave as you torture yourself with HiiT.
If you have had enough of living in pain, suffering, harming yourself all in the name of results, progress and success, then know that there is an alternative way to achieving in life. A way that requires work, a way that requires commitment, dedication, effort, and will take time, but involves no suffering.