Pain is a sensation, not a threat

  
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I read an excerpt from "Bravey", the best selling memoir of award-winning writer, Olympic athlete and filmmaker Alexis Pappas. And while I still have many aspects of the book to both complete and digest, one part stood out for me.

She talks about how her Psychiatrist explained depression to her. He said

" Depression is like when you fall and scrape your knee, except instead of the cut being on your knee, it's on your brain."

And this led her to look at mental therapy the same way in which we all look at physical therapy, as a way to heal a body part taking away the stigma many associate with any form of mental health issues.

She also speaks of an insight on pain which I can't help going back to repeatedly. She talks about when she started training as a long-distance runner in college, where the gruelling regime made the pain a consistent part of her daily life. It would make her go to sleep in dread of what was to come. That's when she realised that,

Pain isn't something one can avoid in life. It's going to show up consistently. So the sooner we learn to shift our mental energy from dreading upcoming pain to accepting the fact that (as unpleasant as it may be) it is a part of our lives, the sooner we can learn to deal with it better.

And in the state we find the world around us, we all have pain showing up. This mental shift might be what we need.

Weekly recommendations

A fabulous thread on creating a consumer-centric marketing strategy from Alex Garcia

And Rich roll talking to David Goggins ( two true fitness legends in conversation)

Self-promotion

Starting this week, im going to be dropping links to some of the stuff I’ve been putting out in other platforms. You can scroll by it if you’ve already listened or aren’t interested but this is me just helping you get more of the stuff i create right in your inbox. ( I might put some stuff in before the wider crowd gets it in the future)

This week, I spoke to The amazing Da Rulk who’s trained some of our fav superheroes to be Functionally fit on how he drives purpose at the core of his perspective on fitness.

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& i also spoke to entrepreneur and podcaster Mansi Zaveri on how she’s built a discovery platform for parents & kids through a focus on building trust and depth of content.

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Quote of the week

“ It’s the matter of how we see the challenge in front of us and how we engage with it. Persist, pivot, or concede. It’s up to us, our choice every time”

From “Greenlights” by Matthew McConaughey

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