We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I believe that life is deepened by physical, spiritual, emotional, social, and intellectual stress. Added as a bonus: discovering one's limitations. Doing what we "feel like doing" tends to be a dead end in life, paths of least resistance. Doing what we don't feel like doing can be amazing. A quote:
.. .the author Charles Duhigg, in his 2012 bestseller The Power of Habit, calls exercise a “keystone habit,” or a change in one area life that brings about positive effects in other areas. Duhigg says keystone habits are powerful because “they change our sense of self and our sense of what is possible.”
When my crazy Uncle sent my diffident, sedentary self to Colorado Springs for couple of years, I was smitten with the idea of learning to ski. Which led to a lot of "don't feel like doing" activities like aerobics, weightlifting, and getting a head for heights*. Best lifestyle decision I ever made.
*No, when you fall, you WILL NOT roll all the way to the lodge at the base of the mountain. And yes, you will occasionally fall.
If beginning skiing as an adult, my experience is that most of your falls will be related to some 4 or 5 year old expert skier skiing right over the tips of your skis just at the moment when you think you might be getting it...
The trick--which takes some to learn--is to get back up and follow that kid down the hill, fast as you can. You gotta ski "over your head" to get any better. Then, when you get to the lodge at the bottom, go to the bar for a stiff drink to get rid of that case of the Willies you just gave yourself. :)
Do spiritual people without gym memberships and personal trainers suffer from inadequately developed souls, then? Less deep psyches? I want to know how best to further my spiritual development and find the premise perplexing. Is paying for such development and advertising it online part of the rigor.
I dunno. The Mrs and I just have some decent running shoes and a nice long route through the neighborhood, low on traffic and loose dogs. Not sure about the development of our souls, but we sure get to talk to a lot of neighbors. Bible study seems to be a better workout for my soul.
There may be a difference between those we induce ourselves for whim or pleasure and those outside situations and circumstances that actually temper the spirit. Say, having cancer, being destitute, and/or losing a family.
I've been advised that regimented fitness, however, is a pleasure to one and one's mate, presumably in the maintenance of one's lifestyle. I can't personally claim having sought any such pleasure, but genuine travails happen soon and plentifully enough.