“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
-Henry David Thoreau
The Becoming of a Warrior: A Pathway to Transformation.
Well, that is what I’m officially calling this body transformation. If you haven’t observed yet, I like to make things a bit more striking. Meaning, instead of calling this “Brandon Cook’s transformation story”… BORiiiiiing! I’d rather call it: “The Becoming of a Warrior.”
Now doesn't that sound more enticing? I like to use my creativity as much as I can. Nevertheless, my aim IS to become a warrior, so it seems like a fitting title.
It is possible that my interpretation of a warrior may be somewhat dissimilar from yours. To me a warrior isn't just a soldier who engages in combat, but in addition to has the potential to evolve into something more. Let us look at some definitions from dictionary.com:
1.One who is engaged in or experienced in battle; soldier.
2.One who shows or has shown great vigor, courage, or aggressiveness, as in politics or athletics.
3.One who is engaged aggressively or energetically in an activity, cause, or conflict.
So, by these definitions a warrior could be a soldier, a politician, an athlete, or even an activist for a certain cause. More generally, any person showing great vigor, strength or courage while involved in an activity, or in the resolution of some type of conflict could be considered a warrior.
As you may know, I’ve elected to name this blog The Awakened Warrior. This is my ideal of the warrior. In a actual sense this is synonymous with an enlightened or spiritual warrior, one whose training, battles, and life experiences has led him or her to a higher level of consciousness or understanding of the world.
Thus, as the warrior awakens to a heightened perception and understanding of himself and his ultimate reality he transcends the state of mere warrior and becomes the warrior-sage.
According to Carl Jung, an archetype is an inherited pattern of thought or symbolic image that is derived from the past collective experience of humanity and is present in the unconscious of the individual.
The warrior is just one of many common archetypes. Others are the teacher, the clown, the bully, the redeemer, the sage, the lover, the hero, the villain, the goddess, or one of many others.
The Awakened Warrior is the blending of two archetypes. The warrior and the sage (an extremely wise person.) This individual has the heart, strength, courage, and power of the warrior, alongside the wisdom, discernment, and experience of the sage.
So, this is what I imply when I refer to a warrior or an awakened warrior. Both Bruce Lee and Morihei Ueshiba serve as great examples of awakened warriors.
Morihei Ueshiba was the founder of the popular Japanese Martial Art Aikido. After mastering the classical styles of Judo, Kendo, and Jujitsu he created Aikido in correlation with his spiritual philosophy. Aikido is the art of non-resistance and utilizes this principle to turn the attackers own force and momentum against him. Using throws, joint locks, and pins to subdue an attacker in a nonviolent way. Morihei developed Aikido as a way to cultivate peace and harmony in the world. He is reknowned as one of the greatest martial artists of all time.
Bruce Lee… okay, well I’m sure you know who Bruce Lee is!!! Yet, you may not realize that Bruce Lee was much more than an actor, he was a martial artist, a philosopher, film director, screen writer, student of Wing Chun and founder of Jeet Kune Do. He is considered by many as the most influential martial artist of the 20th century, and a cultural icon. Bruce Lee was also an ectomorph who weighed only 135-145 lbs. So he also serves as a great example for many hardgainers.
As I keep learning more and more, the more respect I have for these two warriors and all that they have achieved.
With this ideal of the warrior in mind, my training will naturally follow this path. I'll be concentrating on strength and conditioning training while merging it with martial arts, meditation and a mind/body techniques. Here’s a few examples where my training philosophy differs from your typical bodybuilder, athlete or strength coach:
» • I've added daily Zen meditation, affirmations, journaling, and visualization to tap into the subconscious mind and overcome any limiting beliefs.
» • I have blended elements and ideas from Aikido, Tai Chi, and other martial arts to develop the inner and outer warrior.
» • For the mind I include science, philosophy and spirituality, as well as, other topics through a process of continual reading, learning and growth.
» • To build, strengthen, and transform the body I incorporate various forms of calisthenics (bodyweight training), and strength training (weight lifting).
» • In addition, I will use various conditioning and cardiovascular training to further develop the heart, lungs, and musculoskeletal system.
Does this seem like more than just a regular work out? Maybe more like a total training program that will help you achieve results in the power of your body, mind and spirit.
“A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.”
Hope you have a great week!
About the Author:
Brandon Cook is creator of The Awakened Warrior Blog, and co-creator of HardgainerMuscleBuilding.com, a website specifically designed to teach the hardgainer the laws and scientific principles on how to gain fast weight.
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