Wow. Really the only word to describe the realization I came to in the gym yesterday. I have written a lot about the gym mentality, what it does for my mind, and why I go there. But as much as I wrote about it, I never really made the full connection of why I am there every single day…and what the mental result is.

Sometime right after the heaviest set of barbell rows I have ever done…and sitting on a ledge near the window feeling the warmth of the sun on my back…it came to me.

I have talked a lot about my music…what it means to me…and that every song has a story that goes with it. I know the lyrics, rap along, and mouth the words to all the other songs. The music keeps me cranking away at the gym, and the result is a completely drenched body that feels accomplished at the end. But why has this sustained for such a long time? Yes I do love it…but why hasn’t there been a day where I have gone “I just don’t like this?”

And then there was that realization. I found it in looking at the simplest process. The rest between sets…the choosing of the song…the preparation before the set…the initial lift…and then the pushing till failure. Here’s what I learned.

In those moments where I hear that song come on, it brings my past right into my present. I remember pain, disappointment, heartbreak, victory, happiness, and every other emotion from that time. As I go up to the bar or to the weight, and prepare to get myself ready for what is to come, it is the act of visualization that speeds me up through time almost to the present moment. When the push for the lift comes, that is snapping me right into the present…as present as you can possibly be. And the reps till failure…that is creating my future. A future that I believe in, that is full of hard work…waiting for opportunity. This is my reality in the gym.

This connection for me is as real as it gets. And this is why I go every single day. In the past, I have failed at some of my goals in the gym because I didn’t see how absolutely critical this connection was for my mind, body, and soul. And it is this  connection that brings me back every single day. Focusing. Visualizing. Creating.

What is amazing, is that writing does the exact same thing. And I can’t tell you how lucky I feel, to have found both passions.

Go out and create your world today.

Evan Sanders

Please Join My Dream :)

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  • Nafees
    October 26, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I’ve joined your dream 🙂

  • damayantichatterjee
    October 26, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Inspiritational post! 🙂

  • yogini.sharon
    October 26, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Thanks, Evan. Your post reminds me of my connection with yoga. Practicing headstand keeps me in the present. You can’t be upside down with your body weight on your head and be focusing on something else. It’s is truly a body, mind, spirit thing. I enjoyed this post and thanks for reading mine!

  • flujan
    October 26, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Freakin’ awesome! I just left the gym and posted something about body n mind a few minutes ago… Check it out!

  • runruthyrun
    October 26, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Hi Evan,

    Thanks for following my blog! I’ve spent the last few hours reading your articles and I really admire what you’re doing. I’ll be keeping a close eye on this blog….**Followed**

    Keep up the awesome work!


  • Joyisnow
    October 26, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    You have summed up my/our passion with writing. Thanks. I focus and reconnect with something inside every time; something I like, the best parts me, the authentic parts, the absolute me. The joy of blogging is that you also reconnect with other, authentic bloggers. I love bloggers! I feel so lucky to be here in an age where blogging exists. Book writing was too daunting and I failed in those goals but this is real, two way and you learn and grow SO MUCH!!

  • kenajos
    October 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I’ve come to a similar conclusion about working out. Just like yourself, I see it as a tool for creating who I will be…it’s also a very tangible aspect of the mental and spiritual work that I’m doing but cannot be measured. The way you do one thing is the way you do everything — and I find that when I create the type of person who is disciplined at committing to working out then I am also committed to meditating everyday, and writing, and challenging my intellect, etc. Doing it all to become That which I am capable of becoming. Thanks for this reminder of why we do the work.

  • ShineMine
    October 26, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Great post. Great points. I enjoyed the visionary experience your writing provoked. You know you are doing a good job when your writing can transport your reader. Keep up the good work enjoying your passions 😉

  • johnlmalone
    October 26, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    terrific blog: I go to the gym three times a week, twice for lap swimming and once doing weights and aerobic exercises. I do this because it feels good, keeps me toned and sharpens my creativity

  • A Dog With Fleas
    October 26, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Thanks so much for following my blog. Am so glad you did because I’m reading yours and feel very connected to your writing. I am not into the gym as much as you (but hopefully you will inspire me 🙂 ) but I totally connected to how you wrote about music transporting you and how writing your blog has that same effect. Your writing is inspirational and I cannot wait to read more!! So well done.

  • Andrea W. Doray
    October 26, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Wish I could get back to the gym! You’ve inspired me…perhaps I will try again…

  • LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words
    October 28, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    I like this one….
    you are very gifted in putting your thoughts into words…
    a very special language of writing in heart language…
    I am glad I stopped by (and that you stopped my little space, I appreciate it)
    I am at a new beginning (again) and as I set the tone of this crossroad
    I am finding parts of the me I left behind…your words encourages me to
    keep going in the direction I chose….
    Thank you….
    Take Care….
    You Matter….

  • Pink Ninjabi
    October 28, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    I’m totally inspired! Jamie Eason’s Live Fit 12 week program really kicks my butt in gear:, and like, your blogs remind me to connect with my soul and music into all my workouts. I’m on Phase 1: Day 1! So exciting! Especially the part where I’m like the only hijabi female to be in the ‘guys’ section of weights. So incredible! 😀

  • Fingers Precipice
    October 31, 2012 at 3:36 am

    I know that without engaging my body, I could never have found the freedom to let my mind flourish, we are cutting edge technology, it’s good to enjoy that!