At booty camp we did boxing. I liked it. I liked the thwak, thwak, thwak, twist and thwak. T’was good. Good for the mind. Good for the soul. Then just as I was min-thwak, someone yelled (in an attempt to motivate) “Just think of someone’s face who you really HATE!”
Hate is a quite a strong word.
Yet it doesn’t make you strong.
I know this because the moment I focused in on the faces of people who have wound me up, it was as though every bit of strength and power left my body. Flump. My energy was vacuumed.
Straight away I refocused in to, “I am strong. My body is good. I am strong.”
My energy immediately whooshed back in. Phew.
The fact that hatred and negativity vacuums our strength is an interesting thing. It is backed up by kinisiology and is something that you can even try at home yourself. For this little hate/love experiment you will need two people.
1. Stand with your arm outstretched and held strong. In your head focus on all of the beautiful things in your life. Think of people you love. Think, “I am good. I am strong.”
2. Now have the second person push down on your arm. Both of you make a note of what pressure they need to exert to push your arm down.
3. Now repeat the same exercise whilst thinking hateful angry thoughts. Focus on who you want to have a go at, who you want to hurt.
4. Whilst focusing on hate, have the other person push down your arm. See what happens.
To be able to let go of shit from the past and the things people do to irritate and upset you in the present is the greatest gift you can give to your body. It will make you strong. It will make your punch powerful. And it will remedy your frown-lines a lot more effectively that a pot of Nivea Visage.